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.
In February, OPRF Principal Nate Rouse took a bold step as Black History Month closed out and the Black Lives Matter movement caught fire. He invited African American students to gather in the Little Theater for a special assembly to talk about their personal and shared experiences as young black people at our high school.
The pope and a bishop: Pope Francis is in the States, and that makes this a pretty good week to be a Catholic, even an aggressively fallen away Catholic. This fellow, with his inclusive talk and ready smile, reconnects the joy of faith with the essential belief in service to people in need, and that, of course, would be all of us.
Not everyone who works at Oak Park Village Hall is wildly enthused about their job. Actually, most of the people who work at village hall, at least among those who could be bothered to fill out the Gallup survey a year ago, were pretty actively disgruntled.
Right there in the lobby, ready for members, guests or residents of the West Cook YMCA to grab, is the daily dose of fresh fruit. Could be an artfully stacked triangle of bananas. Or it might be apples or pears. Or whatever is in season.
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.