This is a completely local, independent portal of information, news, reporting, analysis and story-gathering provided exclusively for the Village of Maywood, Illinois. Here, you’ll also find a forum for lively discussion and debate on those topics that matter most to you as a citizen, a resident and a person. Quite simply, there’s no other source of information like it.
Michael is the editor, publisher and principal contributor to thevillagefreepress.org. He is also the editor of the Austin Weekly News in Chicago and a staff reporter for the Oak Park-based Wednesday Journal newspaper. Michael has a dual bachelor’s degree in English & Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
His analysis of local issues have been featured on a range of media platforms, including WVON’s “The Cliff Kelly Show,” WBEZ’s “Afternoon Shift,” “The Stephanie Trussel Show” on WLS 890 AM and the Channel 7 News. His coverage has received numerous awards from the Illinois Press Association.
Nick is a contributing reporter and associate editor of thevillagefreepress.org. A former government beat reporter for the Morris Daily Herald, he has extensive experience in covering board meetings, county projects, budgets, taxes, bond financing and local events. He has also worked for My Suburban Life, a weekly newspaper in Downers Grove. Nick acquired a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs Journalism from Columbia College Chicago.
David Pollard || Adviser & Associate Editor
David has over 20 years of reporting experience. He’s covered local neighborhoods such as Maywood, Elmwood Park and Chicago’s Galewood and Mont Clare communities for the Chicago Sun-Times Media Group and the Chicago Tribune Media Group. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University.
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Our mission is to build communities and enhance local democracy by providing people with information that actually means something and creating moments that matter.
It is our vision that no community in Proviso Township, or anywhere in the country for that matter, be deprived of a source of vital, trusted, authoritative information about the decisions that affect the lives of its residents.
IN THE NEWS
Although a blog, the Village Free Press has been cited as a source and/or published by a range of local and national websites and media outlets, such as: Slate magazine online, Ballotpedia, NBC 5 Chicago’s Ward Room blog, the Better Government Association’s Investigator’s Notebook blog, the West Suburban Journal, the Forest Park Review, the Wednesday Journal, Neighbors magazine and Rich Miller’s Capitol Fax blog.
The Village Free Press is always seeking ways to engage a diverse range of interests. To that purpose, we continuously look to build other platforms that serve a variety of niche audiences. We’re in the process of building a durable brand of events that we’ll hold frequently and consistently. These include:
- The Think Democracy Candidate Forum
- The Think Community Summit
- The VFP Think Business Roundtable
- The VFP Local Author Series
We’re also in the process of developing a website for local business owners, entrepreneurs and the business-minded, called VFP Business. Think of a Bloomberg Businessweek exclusively for West Suburban business owners. This business site and its attendant print publication–The West Suburban Business Review–and membership-based association–The VFP Think Business Roundtable–will bring fresh insights, analysis, advice and hyper-local, high quality information for small business owners in the area to use at their convenience. It will also allow area businesses a high-visibility platform to advertise to their peers and to discuss things that only other business owners and entrepreneurs might understand. It will be a support group, a brain trust and an advertising vehicle–all rolled into one.
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