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.
You never know when the frenzy is ready to be whipped.
Here at the Journal, we alternate between steady plodding (as in just how many stories can we write about the six-year process of getting a tall building going vertical at Lake and Forest), surprise as an online story last week about a young girl being robbed and beaten took off with dozens of passionate comments, and wonder when a story we think is notable and which we cover from all angles gets no traction — at least until that moment when the frenzy is ready to froth.
Sure, they worry about the immediate impact of the state's budget debacle on their own social service agencies, but Monday morning, at a gathering of 13 local social service leaders convened in the board room of Community Bank, the fear most often expressed was watching the threads of our villages' safety net actively fray.
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.