Illinois Newspapers

Aurora Beacon-News

The Beacon-News is a six-day-a-week newspaper, publishing every day but Saturday. It is owned by the Chicago Tribune. First published in 1846 the Beacon-News focuses on local news, sports, community events, neighbors, politics, business and jobs, and national and international coverage. Readers can enjoy coverage of the theater, music, and events. The newspaper covers Aurora, Batavia, Elburn, Geneva, Maple Park, Montgomery, Mooseheart, North Aurora, Oswego, Plano, St. Charles, Sugar Grove and Yorkville.

Bloomington Pantagraph

The Pantagraph is a daily newspaper that services eight counties and more than 60 communities in Illinois. Located in Bloomington, Illinois, it reaches over 107,000 daily readers, and is recognized as one of the most influential papers in Illinois. It is the oldest business in McLean County, and has been serving its community faithful for many years, and many more to come. The Pantagraph's name is derived from the Greek words

Carbondale Southern Illinoisan

The Southern Illinoisan is a daily newspaper based in Carbondale, Illinois, known locally as "The Southern." As of October 2014, it has a daily circulation of 21,270, and a Sunday circulation of 26,958. It is one of the major regional newspaper and media services for southern Illinois

Chicago Tribune

Founded in 1847, the Chicago Tribune, is the top source of news and information in the Chicago area and the largest news organization in the Midwest. The Tribune, winner of 27 Pulitzer Prizes, is known for its innovative investigative reporting, insightful coverage of the arts and culture, and community-leading opinion writing. The Chicago Tribune is the flagship publication of Tribune Publishing.

Daily Chronicle-Dekalb County

The Daily Chronicle, a division of Shaw Media, is the only local daily newspaper serving DeKalb County. Recognized by the Illinois Press Association for its commitment to excellence, the Daily Chronicle was named best newspaper in its division three years in a row. The Daily Chronicle is published Monday-Saturday.

Daily Southtown-Chicagoland

The Southtown Economist was founded in 1906 and published twice weekly. In 1986 the Southtown Economist was purchased by Pulitzer Publishing and the paper was renamed the Daily Southtown. In 2007 a twice-weekly neighborhood newspaper, The Star, merged into the Daily Southtown to create the SouthtownStar, the newspaper’s title until purchase by the Chicago Tribune Media Group in 2014, at which point the name was changed back to the Daily Southtown. The Daily Southtown publishes Sunday through Friday (6-day publication). A unique feature of the Daily Southtown is the Community Star, a neighborhood news section, published each Thursday and Sunday.

Decatur Herald & Review

The Herald & Review is a daily newspaper based in Decatur, Illinois. It is owned by Lee Enterprises. The Herald & Review was named one of Editor & Publisher's "10 Newspapers That Do It Right" in 2019 for its use of government documents and public records to create substantive journalism. In 2018, the Herald & Review was recognized by Editor & Publisher for digital growth and other initiatives.

Elgin Courier News

The Courier-News is a three-day-a-week newspaper, publishing Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. It is owned by the Chicago Tribune. By far the oldest newspaper in northern Kane County, The Courier-News traces its roots to 1874 — nine years after the Civil War — when the Daily Bluff City started publishing in Elgin. Two years later, in 1876, the Elgin Daily News was founded . Eight years after that, in 1884, the Elgin Daily Courier was founded. Expanding up the Fox River Valley, the Copley Press bought the Elgin Courier in 1909. In 1925, Copley also bought the Elgin Daily News and combined the two Elgin papers into the Elgin Daily Courier-News. The first Courier-News edition appeared under that name on Jan. 2, 1926. Today the Elgin-Courier focuses on local news, neighbors, sports, community events, business and jobs, and includes national and international coverage as well. Readers will also enjoy the added content of Dining, Good Eating, Health & Family and Homes. The paper covers Elgin, South Elgin, Bartlett, Streamwood, East Dundee, West Dundee, Carpentersville, Algonquin, Hampshire, Huntley Burlington and Gilberts.

Kane County Chronicle

Kane County Chronicle is a daily newspaper serving Kane County, Illinois. The Chronicle distributes to central Kane County, located in the Fox Valley region of Illinois, about 40 miles west of Chicago. Samuel W. Durant established the Valley Chronicle in 1881. In 1989, B.F. Shaw Printing Company acquired the Chronicle. They were the fourth oldest continuously owned and operated family newspaper company in the nation. In 1990, the Chronicle's four semi-weekly papers, St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, and Elburn, merged into one edition with the name changed to the Kane County Chronicle. Up until 1991, the paper had been published twice a week on Wednesday and Friday. In 1991, it began printing five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday. The General Manager is Jim Ringness and the editor is Kathy Gresey. Headquarters are location in Saint Charles, Illinois.

Lake County News-Sun

The News-Sun has been covering the community for more than 100 years The mission today is still to provide local news first, and that means stories people care about in Waukegan and surrounding towns in Lake County. Lake County News-Sun is a 6-day-a-week publication, Monday through Friday with a combined Saturday and Sunday paper. Sections include Local News, Nation & World, Business, Local Opinion, Comics, Ask Amy, Sports and Weather.. WEEKEND, the local entertainment section, appears every Friday. The Lake County News-Sun also has an online presence for up-to-the-minute news and information. Lake County News-Sun website can be found at:

Mattoon-Charleston Journal Gazette & Times Courier

The Journal Gazette is the morning newspaper in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It publishes seven days a week, and contends for circulation and advertising in a 15-county area.

Moline Dispatch Argus

The Dispatch–Argus is a daily morning newspaper in East Moline, Illinois and circulated primarily throughout the Illinois side of the Quad Cities — Moline, East Moline, Rock Island and Rock Island County, but also for sale in retail establishments on the Iowa side of the Quad Cities — Davenport and Bettendorf.

Morris Herald-News-Grundy County

Founded in 1880, the Morris Herald-News, a division of Shaw Media, is published Sunday-Friday. The Morris Herald-News is the only daily newspaper serving Grundy County. In four consecutive years from 2006-2009, the Morris Herald-News was recognized as the best daily newspaper in its division by the Illinois Press Association.

Naperville Sun

The Naperville Sun has been serving the community since July of 1935. Today The Naperville Sun is printed three days a week, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with an emphasis on local news. WEEKEND, the local entertainment section, appears every Friday. The newspaper's website, , gives readers access to Naperville news 24/7.

Northwest Herald-McHenry County

The Northwest Herald is a daily newspaper published in Crystal Lake, Illinois that covers the areas of McHenry County and northern Kane County in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. The Northwest Herald is owed by Shaw Media which includes the The Herald-News, Kane County Chronicle, Daily Chronicle and Morris Herald-News.

Peoria Journal Star

The Journal Star is the major daily newspaper for Peoria, Illinois and surrounding area. First owned locally, then employee-owned, it became Copley-owned in 1996. In 1944, the Journal and Transcript and their rival Star combined presses as Peoria Newspapers Inc. with the Star as a morning paper and the Journal-Transcript as an afternoon paper. Once the agreement was reached, both the morning and afternoon papers immediately changed their names to the Journal Star.  In 2007, the paper was sold to New York-based GateHouse Media and published by Ken Mauser. The Journal Star is the highest circulation downstate Illinois newspaper and the fourth highest circulation Illinois newspaper. As of September 2006, the Journal Star was the 136th largest newspaper in the United States. It has a daily circulation of 63,024, a Saturday circulation 64,078, and a 72,607 on Sundays. Headquarters are located at 1 News Plaza Peoria, Illinois 61643.

Quincy Herald-Whig

The Quincy Newspapers, Inc. (QNI) history can be traced back to 1835, when the Bounty Land Register was one of only four newspapers in all of Illinois. Over the next century, a number of mergers followed. In 1935, the Quincy Herald-Whig emerged, and it still operates under that name today. The company moved into radio in 1947 and began television broadcasts in 1953. This is a family-owned media company that originated in the newspapers of Quincy, Illinois.

Rockford Register Star

The Rockford Register Star is the Rockford, metropolitan area's primary daily newspaper. The paper took its name with the 1979 merger of two influential Rockford competitors, The Register Republic and The Morning Star. In April 2007, Gannett announced it was selling the paper to Fairport, New York-based GateHouse Media. The Register Star is the fifth highest circulation Illinois newspaper. As of September 2006, the newspaper's Sunday circulation was 70,300, the 163rd largest in the United States. The newspaper is published from the Register Star 99 East State Street in Downtown Rockford, Illinois. The publication's general format is customary to that of most papers around the nation; it contains a front page and an "A" section, followed by Local and State news, sports, and business throughout the work week. On Sundays it publishes the Sunday Register Star, where ads for national chains in the area are promoted along with the insertion of comics, the "Go" section, and USA Weekend magazine.

Springfield State Journal-Register

Founded in 1831 as the Sangamon Journal and claiming to be the oldest newspaper in Illinois, the State Journal-Register is the only local daily newspaper for Springfield, Illinois and its surrounding areas. As such, it and its editor, Edward L. Baker, supported the political career of the Springfield-based Abraham Lincoln. In fact, it was in the Journal's office that Lincoln and his friends waited for the telegraphic news from Chicago to find out who the Republican presidential nominee was in 1860. After several name changes, The State-Journal merged with its afternoon rival, the Illinois State Register, in 1974, to create The State Journal-Register.

The Herald-News-Will County

The Herald-News, a division of Shaw Media, has roots in the Joliet area going back to 1877, when the Joliet News was first published. The Joliet Herald began in 1904, and the two were merged by Col. Ira C. Copley in 1915 to create The Herald-News. The Herald-News is published Sunday-Friday serving Will County.