Peoria Journal Star

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The Peoria Journal Star's parent company will merge with Gannett to create the nation's largest newspaper chain.

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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. 

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The future of local newspapers looks bleak, but one local journalist says the advent of the Internet isn’t the only factor to blame.

Peoria Journal Star columnist Phil Luciano was featured in a Sunday special section of the New York Times focused on the future of print journalism.

The nation's two largest newspaper companies are seeking to join forces. 

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.  

PJ Star's Kaergard to Bid Farewell to Budget Beard

Jul 8, 2016
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  Peoria Journal Star Political Reporter and Columnist Chris Kaergard will no doubt feel lighter after tomorrow. Kaergard has been growing a #budgetbeard since May of last year, when the governor and state lawmakers failed to agree on a budget. But lawmakers finally achieved a stopgap spending last week and that means tomorrow Kaergard will get a clean shave.

A newspaper report says a man who's serving 15 years in prison for running an underage prostitution operation did so out of an apartment obtained with the help of the Peoria Police Department.

The Peoria City Council spent nearly three hours in executive session after last night’s regularly scheduled business meeting.