12/08/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

'Chicago Tribune' Likely to Print 'Wall Street Journal'

NEW YORK With printing and severance negotiations under way, when Dow Jones & Co. closes its Naperville, Ill., plant, the Chicago Tribune's Freedom Center seems likely to take over printing The Wall Street Journal for distribution in the metro area.

While a Tribune spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny brief local reports that the Freedom Center will print the Journal, a Tribune executive told E&P late last night, "We do not have a contract." A Dow Jones spokesman today said negotiations are in progress.

Teamsters Local 706 Secretary-Treasurer Tony Judge told E&P this afternoon that "Tribune is in negotiations" with Dow Jones, and that the Freedom Center is "doing trial runs" of the Journal.

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