Dan Haley is editor and publisher of the Journal and has been since its first issue on July 31, 1980. He remembers those early days – the excitement and the hardships – but no one wants to hear about it. Maybe he'll write a book.
Haley is a native of Oak Park. His first publishing venture was in the mid-1960s when, at age 10, he started a newspaper for his block on South Taylor. He remembers those early days – especially the heady smell of the mimeograph fluid. "Mighty fine," he says.
In 1980, with the old Oak Park News floundering, Haley turned down the job of Lively Arts editor at the Pioneer Press/Oak Leaves. Instead, along with his founding colleagues, Anne Duggan and Sharon Britton, they rounded up 65 locals to invest in the notion of an independent local newspaper.
Today from Wednesday Journal World Headquarters on Oak Park Avenue, the Journal publishes newspapers and websites for five city and suburban communities. The company also publishes Chicago Parent magazine.
Haley and his wife Mary (the former editor of Chicago Parent) live in an old house in Oak Park and have two kids.
A couple of weeks back we ran a letter to the editor in the print edition of the Review. As we always have, letters in print must be signed by the author. We require a phone number to verify authorship. Seems pretty clean and simple.
Tom Cusack has died. And somehow we missed it. Got scooped by the damned Oak Leaves on the death of a former River Forest village president. Tom, I assume, would chalk it up to one last snub by the Journal.
With an $8 million investment in medical equipment since Rush University Medical Center took full ownership of Rush Oak Park Hospital last October, Bruce Elegant, CEO of the Oak Park hospital, said it is clear that Rush is "fully vested in Oak Park" and plans to fuel further growth through additional investment.
The Walgreens store at Harlem and North in Elmwood Park will be demolished and rebuilt starting this summer according to a Pioneer Press report. Also being demolished and rebuilt will be the adjacent First Merit Bank branch.