Monday, December 12, 2005

Legendary Chicago News Service Closes Shop

City News Service That Boasts Vonnegut, Royko As Alums Closes Doors After 115 Years in Chicago
This may be the quintessential City News story: An editor orders a reporter to find a way into the house of a missing girl and says he doesn't care if the guy has to set the place on fire to do it. A few minutes later, the reporter rushes in behind firefighters after a pile of newspapers mysteriously catches fire on the porch.
Or maybe it is the story about the reporter who was on a police station phone with an editor when he was shoved up against a wall by a gunman who had stormed the place. After the cops killed the gunman, the reporter resumed his conversation with, "Now, as I was saying before the interruption"
At the end of this month, the news service that spawned those stories and countless others not to mention the axiom "If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out" is set to shut down....


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