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Readers to the rescue, helping the Chronicle thrive

June 30, 2020 - 21:41
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When small businesses were slammed by the social and economic shutdown mandated to fight the spread of COVID-19, our community rallied around them. The Chronicle was no exception, and we want to thank readers who have so generously contributed to keeping their local news source going.

In April and May, our advertising revenue dropped by about 50 percent. Part of that drop was because some businesses had to stop advertising. And, some of that drop was because we decided to offer discounts for three months to help our advertisers keep delivering their messages to readers. 

At the same time, we have increased the number of stories we are publishing (pandemics and protests generate a lot of news), including more stories featuring local businesses and how they are doing during these difficult times. More stories means higher costs. 

Dialogue and then change—riding the whirlwind and never going back

June 28, 2020 - 18:50
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We had just finished one of our regular walks at the Vollmer Road forest preserve and were heading to the parking lot when the man stopped us.

He was about my age, African American and dressed for a workout. He asked to speak to us about what was happening in the country.

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