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About Us

Morris Herald-News
909 Liberty St.
Morris, Ill., 60450
(815) 280-4100
Fax: (815) 729-2019

Office hours:
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

About the Morris Herald-News
Founded in 1880, the Morris Herald-News is a weekly print publication with a circulation of 5,000. A division of Shaw Media, the Morris Herald-News is published Thursdays in print and every day online at The Morris Herald-News also publishes Herald Life, with a focus on Channahon, Minooka, Morris and Shorewood, each Thursday.

Our History:
The first publication in Morris was the Yeoman, a weekly newspaper begun in 1854. In 1878, a daily newspaper was established and in 1891, it was purchased by William L. Sackett. Through the years, it absorbed all competing publications, the last being the Gazette in 1915. Upon the death of William L. Sackett on Dec. 17, 1924, management of the publication was passed to Loren B. Sackett, who remained in control until the newspaper was purchased by the Morris Publishing Company, a subsidiary of B.F. Shaw Printing Co., Dixon, on Jan. 2, 1953. That day, Thomas E. West was named publisher, transferring from the Dixon Evening Telegraph. He served in that capacity until his retirement in December 1977. He was succeeded by his son, Tim West, who retired in February 2006.

Founded: 1880

Weekly, Thursdays, 5,000

The goal of the Morris Herald-News is to meet the needs of our customers and be the news media of choice for local news.

Subscription Rates:
Home delivery of the Morris Herald-News is available throughout Grundy County with mail delivery and surrounding areas. To subscribe to the Morris Herald-News, call the circulation department at (800) 397-9397. Click here for rates and more information.

Voice of the People Guidelines:
The Morris Herald-News will publish letters concerning issues of local importance at the editor's discretion. All letters must be no more than 400 words and follow these policies: Signed by the author, including the author's address and phone number (not for publication, but required in event author must be contacted for clarification); Free of libelous content and personal attacks; the editor reserves the right to cease publication of letter on a specific subject once all logical avenues of debate have been published. Letters dealing with elections will only be published if they address specific issues; candidate endorsements which do not address issue relevant to the election must be paid advertisements. Opinion pages are published in each edition by the Morris Herald-News.

Business News Policy:
The business page is designed as a service to area businesses. It is intended as a forum for businesses and businesspeople to announce their accomplishments; it is not intended as a substitute for paid advertising. Such items may be sent to the Morris Herald-News, along with a photograph if desired, at 909 Liberty St. Morris, Ill., 60450.

Public Record Policy:
Illinois courts have long recognized that "good policy requires liberality in the right to examine public records" (Weinstein V. Rosenbloom, 1974) and that a common law duty exists to disclose public records, qualified only by a balancing of the public's right to know against individual privacy rights and the government's interests (Lopez v. Fitzgerald, 1977). It is in that spirit which the Morris Herald-News publishes the items which appear on the "Public Record" page. All information is extracted from official reports of the government entity designated and, as a result, represents the official accounting of the events detailed. Readers are cautioned that the filing of charges, be it a misdemeanor or a felony, is not a finding of guilt. Guilt can only be determined in a court of law.

Best Small Daily Paper in Illinois - 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009; Associated Press Member of the Year 2002.

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Morris is located 50 miles SW of Chicago and serves as the County Seat of Grundy County.

Grundy County and portions of other surrounding counties.

Things To Do:
Morris has one of the few historically intact downtowns in Illinois, and visitors and shoppers come from all over to enjoy the tranquil small-town shopping atmosphere. The area features many parks, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, two golf courses, and a swimming pool, as well as the Gebhard Woods State Park and the William G. Stratton State Park for boat launching on the Illinois River.

Population: Morris – 13,000; Grundy County – 50,000

Median Home Price: $165,000

Staff Contacts

Publisher, Steve Vanisko .................... 815-280-4103
Editor, Jon Styf .................... 815-280-4119
Classified Department, Diane Washburn .................... 815-280-4100
Horizon Advertising, Diane Washburn .................... 815-280-4100