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Chicago Reader Political Reporter Mick Dumke Returns to The Interview Show

Mark Bazer | Posted 12.30.2013 | Chicago
Mark Bazer

Frequent Interview Show guest Mick Dumke stopped by the show, hosted by Mark Bazer, to talk about Chicago politicians, violence in the city and more f...

Boston Phoenix Falls, Smaller Alt-Weeklies Survive

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.21.2013 | Media
Michael Sigman

The abrupt closing last week of the 47-year-old Boston Phoenix was a shock to the alternative weekly ecosystem. It also underscored the divide between struggling big city papers and more viable smaller-market ones.

$30 Million? So the Speed Cameras Were About Raising Revenue?

Barbara Popovic | Posted 12.22.2012 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

On this week's Chicago Newsroom, Ben Joravsky and Miguel Del Valle say $30 million dollars may be a lot to expect from speed cameras in the first year.

Young, Queer And Homeless Amid The Rainbow

Chicago Reader | Posted 07.19.2012 | Chicago

On a warm evening in early June, patrons in summer khakis filled the restaurant patios of Boystown, the north-side gay bastion marked by rainbow pylon...

State Marijuana Reforms Wither In General Assembly

Chicago Reader | Posted 07.09.2012 | Chicago

Don't hold your breath for the state of Illinois to change its costly approach to busting people caught with pot. Fifteen other states have passed ...

Sun-Times Parent Company Buys Chicago Reader

Posted 05.23.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Reader, reported earlier this year to be on the auction block, was officially purchased Wednesday by Wrapports LLC, the parent company of ...

Sun-Times Parent To Buy Chicago Reader For $3 Million

Crain's Chicago Business | Lynne Marek | Posted 07.09.2012 | Chicago

(Crain's) -- Wrapports LLC, the parent of the Chicago Sun-Times, is poised to purchase the Chicago Reader as soon as next week for about $3 million, a...

Newspaper Classifieds: The Good, the Bad and the Hilarious

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.19.2012 | Media
Michael Sigman

The sad state of newspaper classifieds makes me feel lucky that I worked at LA Weekly during the early '80s, when the classifieds did more than drive revenue: they said as much about the city's culture as the cover stories.

Chicago Reader On The Auction Block; Sun-Times Solicited As Buyer

Crain's Chicago Business | Lynne Marek | Posted 05.12.2012 | Chicago

(Crain's) -- The owner of the Chicago Reader has put the alternative weekly on the sales block, hiring a Dallas firm to help shop the paper, according...

Chicago Reader Turns 40: Special Issue Celebrates History

Chicago Reader | Posted 12.13.2011 | Chicago

We approached our 40th birthday as many do—with a mix of pride, nostalgia, and fear of death, topped off with way too much buttercream frosting and ...

Chicago Reporter Sues City Over FOIA Rejections

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 06.13.2011 | Chicago

For years, the Chicago Reader's Mick Dumke has been reporting on everything from the city's misuse of TIF funds to its lack of recycling. Shedding lig...

WATCH: Chicago Chefs Take Bull Testicle Challenge

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Phillip Foss, former Lockwood executive chef, now serves sandwiches from his Meatyballs Mobile food truck, and challenged David Posey, chef de cuisine...

LISTEN: Lost Jackson 5 Song - Their First Studio Recording EVER

Chicago Reader | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In 1967, Larry Blasingaine played on the first studio recording by the Jackson Five. The tape was lost for 42 years. The song still hasn't been releas...

At the Altar of Coal-Fired Plants: Chicago's Day of the Dead Procession Calls for Clean Energy Leadership

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

More than 66 premature deaths, 104 heart attacks, and thousands of asthma attacks and cases of chronic bronchitis--that is the tragic symbol at the al...

MAYORAL MADNESS: Meeks For Mayor Sign Pops Up...Who Will Make Daley's Wikipedia Page Better?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On day two of our Chicago mayor's race roundup*, we bring you a touching story of a young reporter and a fairly young politician. In 1982, the Chica...

Reporter Mick Dumke Leaving Chicago Reader For Chicago News Cooperative

Chicago Reader | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Political writer Mick Dumke will leave the Reader next week and start work at the Chicago News Cooperative. This was a wrenching decision for Dumke, a...

Five Questions With...Mick Dumke

Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

This week, the Chicago Reader went through several staff changes, but one that readers might notice the most is the loss of reporter Mick Dumke. For y...

Mr. Publisher, Don't Tear Down That Wall

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Sigman

Publishers may feel they need to throw unorthodox revenue techniques against the wall to see what sticks. It's reasonable for us to suggest they pick a different wall than the one between advertising and editorial.

Gaps In Watchdog Journalism Reflected In News From Burge Trial

New York Times | DAVID CARR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Readers who came across a public radio blog documenting the five-week trial of a former Chicago police commander on charges of perjury and obstruction...

WATCH: Daley Regrets 'Up Your Butt' Gun Remark

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley's strange and colorful response to a reporter's question about Chicago's handgun ban on Thursday drew national attention. Probably because...

Mayor Daley Jokingly Threatens To Shoot Reporter To Prove Effectiveness Of City's Gun Ban

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Richard M. Daley, the longtime Chicago mayor, held a press conference Thursday in which he discussed, among other things, the fate of the city's contr...

Horror Stories From Chicago's Dating Front, Just In Time For Valentine's Day

HuffPost Eyes&Ears Local | Kwame Shorter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit In the spirit of the approaching Valentine's Day, the Chicago Reader and 2nd Story, a stor...

Report On Historical Pub Crawl, Anti-Valentine's Day Party, Dark Art Exhibit

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Two weeks back, we asked our readers for some help in covering events around town. You responded, and now we are asking for more. We received Dian...

Old Enough to Know Better, Young Enough to Pretend: Can the Chicago News Cooperative Succeed?

Daniel Sinker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Daniel Sinker

If there was a better day to announce the News Cooperative, I can't think of it. After Mayor Daley's budget address, the two major papers ran the same cover: a 24-year-old kidnapping.

The Day Michael Miner Killed Commentary

Mike Doyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Doyle

Miner's less than well-meaning suggestion to dispense with commentary and turn Chicago's columnists into service-oriented seat-warmers for journalists was nothing short of cowardly.