Sunday, October 28, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Village Free Press is now Proviso Township’s newspaper of public record, which means that we’ve been authorized to publish public or legal notices, such as government bids and requests for proposals.
We obtained this distinction by publishing our weekly print edition for 52 consecutive weeks. Legal notice revenue is absolutely essential to our ability to fund independent news for Proviso Township, so I’m asking supporters of this paper to encourage your local elected officials to place their legal notices with Village Free Press.
Village Free Press is also among the newest members of Cook County Suburban Publishers and the Illinois Press Association, one of the largest state press organizations in the country.
The IPA was founded in 1865 and represents more than 450 daily and weekly newspapers in the state, including the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune.
I haven’t looked too deeply into this yet, but I think I may be perhaps the youngest publisher, and one of the few African Americans, in that group. That’s important not only to me, but also to IPA, because the organization wants to become more diverse in its representation.
As a member of IPA, Village Free Press receives legal, legislative and advertising support that we probably can’t get anywhere else. We also get the opportunity to win editorial awards that the organization, which is based in Springfield, gives out each year.
Again, I can’t stress enough how critical legal notice revenue is to our ability to provide free and independent news to the great people of Proviso Township. We want to continue to do this. Encourage your elected officials from all kinds of taxing bodies (i.e., village governments, park districts, library districts, school districts, etc.) to publish their legal and public notices with Village Free Press.
That revenue allows us to continue to give you free news and to stay in business, which is important to the communities we serve.
As Paul Starr said: “More than any other medium, newspapers have been our eyes on the state, our check on private abuses, our civic alarm systems.”
Help us keep sounding that alarm.
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