I remember telling the Publisher of the Crystal Lake Herald back in the late 1960’s that he would eventually be going daily.
Even then, the Herald was protective of the Establilshment.
I was an active member of the Crystal Lake Jaycees and learned that a fellow Jaycee, former President Chuck Scott, then a CL City Councilman, was moving out of town.
I told the Publisher, who was ensconced in a little office in the building now occupied by a ballet school on Woodstock Street.
He asked me how I knew and I told him, “I got an invitation to his going-away party on Saturday.”
Another Jaycee, Vance Roberts, ran a write-in campaign that did pretty well, but not well enough to win.
The Herald ignored the story until after the election.
John Fuhler was appointed to fill out his four-year term.
Shaw Newspapers consolidated its holdings, including the almost daily Woodstock Sentinel, into the Northwest Herald and eventually went daily.
As Craig’s List took its classified ads, newspapers shrunk.
The first I noticed was the Chicago Tribune.
Folded in half, it was smaller than the Chicago Sun-Times.
Afterward, the NWH went from a full-sized to a smaller almost full-sized format.
In 2007, it laid off its cartoonist, Scott Nychay.
More recently, the NWH went tabloid.
Now it has again downsized, this time from seven days a week to six.
It is emulating the Chicago Daily News–the paper I could not wait to read after coming home from high school–in its dying days.
There was one big difference.
While the Saturday Chicago Daily News had excellent investigative reporting, the Northwest Herald has not yet adopted a similar policy.