Dear Readers,

This week in our Spring Fundraising Campaign to raise $50,000 to support GCM’s local community journalism we celebrate our long relationships with the communities we serve.  Which is to say, we’ve been around the block a few times and we’re proud of it.

The professional reporting and coverage that you rely on week in and week out in Wednesday Journal is grounded in our strong presence in Oak Park and River Forest since 1980. Through the years, our team of engaged journalists has kept you abreast of what is happening in our communities, making sure you have the information you need to act and shape them for the better.  From Marty Farmer, Kathy Grayson, Tim Inklebarger, Kim Lenz and Eric Linden to Michael Romain, Stacey Sheridan, F. Amanda Tugade, Melissa Elsmo, Lacey Sikora, Bill Stone and Melvin Tate we have welcomed fresh reporters to your beat, always maintaining the high standards of journalism you expect from Wednesday Journal.

Since 2005 over 25% of US newspapers and 50% of US journalist jobs have disappeared. Many communities – urban neighborhoods, suburbs, exurbs and beyond – have no source of local community news reporting on their schools, businesses, parks and government actions.

Wednesday Journal is not immune from the relentless economic forces driving this decline. To continue to serve the quality information needs of Oak Park and River Forest, Wednesday Journal became part of the nonprofit Growing Community Media in 2019, allowing tax deductible donations from readers like to you sustain this news you use.

And this coverage NEEDS your support.  We rely on YOUR donations to generate over 25% of our operating budget, to allow us the continued privilege of reporting quality news stories that animate our communities.

Donate today to help ensure that Wednesday Journal’s coverage can continue for another 42 years and beyond.

Thank you for your continued trust and support,

Dan Haley
and the Wednesday Journal Team

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