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Joe Coughlin, Publisher
3:35 pm CST January 30, 2020

If you have not yet, please make sure you check out the story on the cover of this issue before you read this column. 

On the cover, we announce a chance in the platform of The Anchor, which is moving to a subscription newspaper.

We hope you find the idea of supporting for your local news reasonable. We have been dedicated to providing unbeatable coverage of Glencoe for more than five years. As you can imagine, producing complete and original community journalism takes people and it takes resources.

You have supported The Anchor for years, showing that you appreciate and trust us. Asking you to buy a subscription for our work is the next step in that journey.

Before I get into the specifics of an Anchor subscription, I hope you bear with me for an anecdote:

In my first year as a community newsman, a role I was not yet sure suited me, I got a call from a distressed woman out of a southwest suburb we covered.

She told me that one morning the month prior her husband — a relatively young, vibrant man — did not wake up. With the breakfast table set, the kids waiting and the coffee hot, the man of the house never walked down the stairs. 

In his sleep, to the shock of all, he slipped into a coma.

As medical bills piled up, the family of humble means decided to raffle off the husband’s prize possession: a rehabbed classic motorcycle. So, for the newspaper, The New Lenox Patriot, a sister of The Anchor, I wrote about it. 

I got another call from the woman a week later. Not only did the family receive more than enough entries to hold the raffle, but also, the winner of the bike gave it back to its owner.

Local news mattered then. Local news matters now.

I have dozens of similar stories from my time as editor of The Wilmette Beacon, as well. A community connection is our foundation. With our feet on the street, we cover our communities like no one else can or will. 

We recap your Village Board and board of education (New Trier and D35) meetings. We are present at all your favorite events, from the Fourth of July and art festival to fundraisers and community concerts. We provide unbeatable and award-winning coverage of local sports and student-athletes.  

This dedicated and valued coverage is our calling card and has led to unprecedented growth in the media industry over the last 15 years. It has also led to more than 170 national and state journalism awards.

More importantly, though, our detailed and authentic work has led to our news becoming an essential part of life in Glencoe and our other communities.

As The Glencoe Anchor moves to paid subscriptions, we are confident our loyal readers will continue to support the type of thorough, local reporting that informs, equips and inspires a community.

This is a necessary step forward for The Anchor, which has provided to you its award-winning coverage free of charge through its first five-plus years.

With your subscription, at just 75 cents an issue, you will be telling us that you value quality local news; you will be telling us that it matters to you.