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.
There was a moment, maybe a month ago, when prosecutors in Bali announced they would not seek the death penalty — the firing squad — in their case against Tommy Schaeffer and Heather Mack. I felt an inexplicable sense of relief.
Had a batch of Cub Scouts in for the Journal's nickel tour a couple of weeks ago. Since we don't have a rumbling printing press to show the kids, we actually try to talk about what exactly is news. The most basic definition we come to in these little chats is that "news is what is different."
Anan Abu-Taleb allows that some Oak Park voters might think he is overreaching. But late Monday afternoon, Oak Park's village president sat down to announce the candidates he is endorsing in the April 7 local elections. And none of those endorsements are related to the village board he heads since the three incumbents there — Andrea Ott, Adam Salzman and Bob Tucker — are running unopposed.
The long, loopy process of finding a place to put a new swimming pool at OPRF took an unexpected detour Monday night. Straight to the parking lot behind Oak Park's village hall. No, that's not where the swimming pool would go, though that's what I first thought Anan Abu-Taleb was telling me one day last week as he explained his latest brainstorm of intergovernmental collaboration on pep pills.
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.