The following are comments by readers, reflecting on the Kane County Chronicle in light of it celebrating its 135-year anniversary.
I first started reading the Chronicle in the mid 1970s when I was 10 years old. The Chronicle was published one time a week, and the sports section was my go-to section. In the fall, the Chronicle published the weekly Tri-Cities soccer standings so we could find out where each team stood – there was no internet, no Facebook, no cellphones, no apps to get us informed. The Chronicle was the authoritative source. In the summer, the same held true for boys baseball. As I got older and entered high school, I continued to follow prep sports and still do. Loved reading about all of our local athletes, the rivalry games, etc. As time went on, I started reading about local issues. I have been reading the Chronicle for 40 years as it changed from Wednesday only, to Wednesday and Friday, to six days a week, and now one day a week with internet access. I continue to read it for the same reason I always have – to celebrate what a great area we live in and to learn about all of the great people and things that happen here on a daily basis. Keep up the great work!
Kane County judge
I have been reading the Chronicle – St. Charles, Kane County – for over 43 years, beginning with my first year of teaching at St. Charles High School. It kept me close to athletic conquests and disappointments, bond issues that passed and failed, contract negotiations between the school board and the teachers' association, and the development of a community into one of Chicago's finest suburbs. Today, as mayor, it 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.
Mayor of St. Charles
The Batavia Chamber of Commerce values our long-standing partnership with the Kane County Chronicle. We have several ways to communicate with our business members, but we struggle to find ways to communicate with the community as a whole. The Chronicle fills this need for us through their great coverage of our community. When we have a community event to promote, we turn to the Batavia Kane County Chronicle first.
Executive director of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce
It's difficult to comprehend the impact a local newspaper has on the psyche of a community. The coverage of civic affairs, culture, society, sports and the like helps give definition to [the] community the newspaper reports on and insight to those who read it. While we as a society have gravitated to the allure and addiction of social media in all its forms, the badge of honor for the discerning news junkie still remains ink-stained fingers after having combed through, consumed and contemplated what's been written on good-old-fashioned paper. Happy 135th anniversary, Kane County Chronicle!
Kevin R. Burns
Mayor of Geneva
I received a Chronicle subscription as a wedding gift in 1993. New to the area, I was told it was THE newspaper to read in order to stay current on local events. Even though it has gone through many changes in the last 25 years, it’s still the resource I turn to for local news and events. I’ve also found it to be a wonderful resource for pre-1993 news, even going back to the 1800s. I have copies of articles describing periodic cicada emergences (aka the 17-year cicada phenomenon) written by Chronicle editors way back when. Solid reporting for 135 years. Thanks, Kane County Chronicle!
"Good Natured" columnist and manager of nature programs and interpretive services at the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center
What can I say about the Chronicle? Plenty! When I first came to [St. Charles] it was published once a week, on Wednesday. It was then the record of all that happened. Births, deaths, engagements, weddings and (everyone's favorite) police reports! Regular columnists and great reporters. Want ads for everything from garage sales to apartments for rent and the only way to find a job. I took out an ad for my husbands 30th birthday! When I ran for office and won, the Chronicle took on a whole new meaning. Running for office entailed buying campaign ads (which were very expensive and had to be paid for up front). I'm proud to say the ads I took out in the paper really helped me win. There was a regular column called "At City Hall" written by Lee Husfeldt, which was well written and had just enough "dirt" to keep people intrigued. ... It was great that a paper was "chronicling" my time in office. I am still friends today with many of the reporters and photographers. It was a great time!
Former mayor of St. Charles
We love our local news! The Kane County Chronicle keeps us informed about our neighbors and events and awards. The Chronicle also helps us get our message to the residents, writing stories about festivals, new restaurant openings, business events and the work of the City Council. The once-a-week publication dates back many years to the Geneva Republican, and our interest in the local scene has not changed. It is a tradition we hope will continue for generations to come. It is Geneva.
President of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce
Happy birthday, KCC! That aromatic hint of wood pulp. Photographs of moms and dads I got to know as Boy and Girl Scout leaders, now picketing, protesting exclusion, or cutting a ribbon. Columns bringing laughter, tears. Sports heralding local heroes. Upcoming ESO concerts, Shakespeare, Turkey Trot, Steel Beam productions, festive festivals ... . Community crimes and criminals from the merely vulgar to the reprehensible. The names of late taxpayers, today’s scarlet letter. Foodie fun, comic corn. The dead and what they did in life. Thank you, KCC, for all this and more. ... Keep breathing, so we can.
"River Town Chronicles" columnist and high school teacher
The Kane County Chronicle plays such an important role in the Tri-Cities area and is a vital component for the Batavia Park District to communicate all that we do, whether it's through advertisements, our monthly "Park District Dish" column or sponsoring our events, we are endlessly grateful for their support.
Director of marketing and public relations for the Batavia Park District
I read it out of habit, mostly, but also for local obits and Tri-Cities news. Other papers reporting Tri-Cities news haven’t a clue what the Tri-Cities are composed of. Your crossword puzzles and political cartoons I’ve usually already seen in other publications. However, should I find myself only able to afford one paper newspaper, the KCC would be it. ... Kane County political news is covered best by the KCC. I have little, if any, interest in surrounding counties. Some local papers go into more depth with local political issues, but I find that to be mostly fluff or – in some rare cases – a tad yellow. I think you’re doing just fine, and I’m proud you’ve kept the presses rolling.
As a longtime and faithful reader of the Kane County Chronicle, I am responding to your request about seeking reader feedback about the paper. ... I always read "Face Time," and find it fun when I see someone I know – but still like it regardless. Sometimes we talk about in our family what our answers would be, if we were ever asked. ... Of course, it's a given that I read it for local news and coverage of happenings, such as school and community events. I especially enjoy the columnists. It's refreshing to read the viewpoints of the young high school and college-aged writers just starting out in journalism. As a mother of teens, it's very interesting to read the perspectives of Jennifer DuBose and Robert Wallace. As a teacher, it's so inspiring to read the exquisite eloquence of Richard Holinger. As an avid baseball fan, I especially enjoy the umpire's thoughts. Those are my favorites, but I read virtually everything – like when we had a critter in our yard, Pam Otto's nature article really touched home.