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.
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.
Last Friday afternoon, some 350 black students, teachers, staff and administrators crowded into the Little Theater at Oak Park and River Forest High School for a candid conversation about being black – in life, in high school, in America, in Oak Park.
Years back I'd have some fun with River Forest, calling it Sleepy Hollow (no, not a reference to the current FOX television show), because nothing much ever happened. And if something did happen, any dirty business was cleaned up within the Service Club or at the country club. Certainly never was heard a discouraging word from the significant locals in the pages of this newspaper. Would have been untoward.
I give points to school board members and administrators at Oak Park and River Forest High School who in any number of ways have opened the doors to the school in recent years to let us see both the luster and the failings.
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.