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Joe Coughlin, Publisher
4:13 am CDT March 26, 2020

There is no denying we are enduring a historic moment in time. The spread of the coronavirus is affecting our world and our community as we know them.

We are all in this together. We cannot just say those words; we must live by them and act in their respect. And here at 22nd Century Media, we are working tirelessly with that goal in mind.

We publish 15 newspapers (including the one you are reading) and news sites, as well as operate a number of community events and offer local marketing solutions. When the news reached a critical point two weeks ago, we let our employees know that while we serve an essential function in these trying times we needed to act in their best interests as well. We offered for them to work remotely whenever they could and told them that if they felt ill in any way, please not to come into the office.

Upon receiving the email, not one person exited the newsroom.

News was coming in, and our journalists wanted to report it to you. Local businesses were in need, and our sales reps wanted to offer solutions. Our events director was rescheduling.

Since that day, whether working in or away from the office, our staff has been dedicated to equip you with news, information and resources to help you and your loved ones navigate these uncertain times.

That is our everyday goal for your community: To provide accessible and reliable information and resources. You deserve access to such information.

It is a responsibility that we do not take lightly. There are many out there that may abuse that responsibility and through either negligence or immorality present inaccurate and unreliable information.

Accuracy matters. Credibility matters. Your reality is affected by the news you receive. That is always at the forefront of our decision-making, and we are honored to be the trusted provider of your local news.

In that vein, we have created a dedicated web page where you can find all our news related to the coronavirus, as well as local resources — such as how to help, where to get help, activities for children, health information and more — for you and your family. We’ve even pulled down that paywall for some of our coronavirus coverage — for the news that could affect your immediate health and wellness. 

To support local business, we have also created a special Carryout and Delivery Directory, which is also free at Directory. 22ndcenturymedia.com

We are providing our dependable reporting free of charge because it is the right thing to do. We thank our loyal subscribers who help fund this work, and for those who have not subscribed, we hope you see value in this information and consider supporting local journalists at NorthbrookTower.com/plus. Within the news feed, you will notice multiple stories of local businesses, residents and service groups doing what they can to help their community during this time. It is of the utmost importance that we support each other during this time. We have all heard how this virus will affect our health and wellness, but it will no doubt also have an effect on our livelihoods.

To the extent of our means, we must support each other. Order carryout from a local restaurant. Take an online class. Choose a local grocer. We will emerge from this, and when we do, what kind of community will it be? That’s up to us.

It is in times of crisis that true character is revealed, and we don’t know about you, but we think that our bond is stronger than any crisis, stronger than any virus.

Warm Regards,

Joe Coughlin, Publisher   

Heather Warthen, Chief Events Officer 

Andrew Nicks, President

Collins Mony, Chief Technology Officer