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Editor's Notebook: Chronicle celebrates milestone anniversary

The Kane County Chronicle is recognizing a significant milestone – this special section honors the 135th anniversary of the paper.

What notable things were happening about 135 years ago?

Thomas Edison established Edison Illuminating Company in 1880. Numerous lynchings of African Americans were occurring in the southern United States. And the American-Indian Wars were taking place intermittently. 

In Kane County, a Valley Chronicle from 1881 included an "official report" on an 8th Illinois Cavalry reunion, information about a telegraph company and an advertisement for corsets.

Times have certainly changed, and a lot has happened since then.

Along the way, newspapers have helped document the record of the day. And I'm proud to say the Kane County Chronicle – formerly the Valley Chronicle – has been a part of that history.

As you look through this special section, you will find a story about the history of the paper and why the Chronicle – now three weekly papers serving St. Charles, Geneva and Batavia – is still relevant today. In addition, you will see photos of the landmarks that make this area identifiable, and a question-and-answer piece with reporter Brenda Schory, who has been with the Chronicle longer than anyone else on the editorial staff.

Finally, you will find reflections on the paper from mayors, chamber leaders and others in the community.

As St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina wrote: " … [the paper] still provides our community with more than the news of our region; it gives us a peek at the slice of life we cherish as Fox Valley residents. Congratulations and happy anniversary."

We hope you enjoy this section. Feedback can be sent to me using the contact information at the end of this column.

Kathy Balcazar is weekly group editor for the Kane County Chronicle, Elburn Herald, Sugar Grove Herald and Suburban Life Media, and is a member of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Board. Contact her at or 630-845-5368. Learn more about NINA at

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