Gatehouse

Tim Shelley / WCBU

Three century-old weekly newspapers in Tazewell County are no more.

Or rather, they're now all one. 

The East Peoria Times-Courier, Morton Times-News, and Washington Times-Reporter merged with the relatively new Woodford Times to create the new "Times-News Reporter."

In an unsigned note to readers, the new GateHouse publication said readers will continue to receive their free paper on Wednesdays.

"Thank you for your continued support of our brand of journalism - reliable, accurate and community-focused news," read the note. 

Peoria Journal Star Sees More News Staff Cuts

Sep 7, 2018
Phil Luciano, Facebook

Gatehouse, the parent company of the Peoria Journal Star terminated five more people Friday.

It’s the last day at the Journal Star for Chris Kaergard, Shannon Countryman, Thomas Bruch, and Aaron Ferguson. Wes Huett will be terminated Sept. 21. This staff reduction constitutes about 20-percent of the Peoria Journal Star’s newsroom and included people with 15-years of seniority.

Sports editor and long-time writer Kirk Wessler also took a buyout option. That leaves the paper with no sports editor, no city editor, and no opinion page editor.