Chronicle Illinois Editor-in-Chief Rick Hibbert and reporter Jean Lotus show off first-place plaques at the Illinois Press Association Best of the Press Awards June 9.

Chronicle Media is a young media company with newspapers and digital media products in very competitive markets throughout Chicagoland and Illinois.  We are proud of the acknowledgments of our journalistic excellence from reputable industry organizations.


2016 Best of the Press: Illinois Press Association

1st Place – BEST INVESTIGATIVE/ENTERPRISE REPORTING — Cook County Chronicle, Chicago, Jean Lotus. Body Parts Investigation.  Knight Chair Award for best investigative reporting from the University of Illinois Journalism Department for a series of stories about the federal investigation of a politically connected human tissue business.

1st Place – NEWS REPORTING – SINGLE STORY — Cook County Chronicle, Chicago, Jean Lotus. Frustrated Hines veterans give up on Melrose Park housing plan. “Great investigative reporting. What was quite impressive was the way the writer blended the different sources comments together logically, offering a fair and easy-to-follow portrait of a complex situation.”

1st Place – BUSINESS/ECONOMIC REPORTING — Peoria County Chronicle, Mary M. Flory. Can historic districts and residential coexist? “Interesting local take on a subject that affects communities nationwide.”

1st Place – PUBLIC NOTICE JOURNALISM AWARD — Cook County Chronicle, Chicago, Jean Lotus. Suit: Tinley Park zoning change improperly noticed.

1st Place – NEWSPAPER DESIGN — Peoria County Chronicle, Jack McCarthy. Peoria County Chronicle newspaper design. “Nice clean overall look. Pages are bright and crisp. Good use of headlines.”

2nd Place – NEWS REPORTING SERIES — Cook County Chronicle, Chicago, Jean Lotus and Kelli Duncan. Undocumented immigrants in Cook County. “Solid coverage of an emotional, hot topic.

2nd Place – BEST WEBSITE — Cook County Chronicle, Chicago, Staff. Best Website. “Clean layout, easy to use site.”

2nd Place – NEWSPAPER DESIGN — Winnebago Chronicle, Rockford, Jack McCarthy. Winnebago Chronicle Newspaper design. “Another clean look to bright pages. Less reliance on boxed content would improve pages.”

3rd Place – BUSINESS/ECONOMIC REPORTING — Cook County Chronicle, Chicago, Jean Lotus. Lollapalooza food vendor pay wristband problems. “The reporter did a great job of interviewing a variety of sources and reporting on a significant local economic activity that is being impacted by new technology.”

3rd Place – FEATURE WRITING — Peoria County Chronicle, Elise Zwicky. Carloads of help and hope form Pekin to homeless in Chicago. “A good story about a good cause and good thing this man is doing.” 

Honorable Mention – GENERAL EXCELLENCE — Peoria County Chronicle, Staff. Peoria County Chronicle General Excellence. “Impressive scope of coverage was this entry’s strongest asset, promotion of community and design helped.”

Honorable Mention – SINGLE PAGE DESIGN —  Suburban Chronicle, Geneva, Jack McCarthy. After inaugural football game. “Clean, inviting layout. Large photos deliver impact.”

Honorable Mention – NEWSPAPER DESIGN —  Suburban Chronicle, Geneva, Jack McCarthy. Suburban Chronicle Newspaper design. “This is a very well done newspaper. All the elements are there and it’s right in there for the best of the class.”


Chronicle Media’s 2016 Northern Illinois Newspaper Association award winners are (from left) Lynne Conner, Judy Harvey, Jean Lotus and Jack McCarthy.

2016 Newspaper Competition: Northern Illinois Newspaper Association

1st Place – BEST NEWS STORY SERIES, Jean Lotus, Cook County Chronicle, Body-Parts Trade — “The story series opened strong with a look at Linda Hayes and how she has been personally affected by the trade. Each story also did a good job providing interesting information and background.”

1st Place – BEST GENERAL FEATURE, Bill Dwyer, Suburban Chronicle, When rails ruled — “There was thorough research on many levels. The story was enhanced by the period photos and the map. Although this story could have been dry, you made it human by including commuters’ reactions to having their train line shut down abruptly as well including long term financial and environmental effects.”

1st Place – BEST WEBSITE, Judy Harvey, Cook County Chronicle, Cook County Chronicle Website — “Pleasing to the eyes and packed with info.”

2nd Place – BEST DESIGN, Jack McCarthy, Suburban Chronicle, Various

2nd Place – BEST COLUMNIST, Paul Sassone, Cook County Chronicle, Paul Sassone column

3rd Place – BEST RELIGION STORY / Owen Phelps Award, Lynne Conner Winnebago Chronicle, Coping with grief

3rd Place – BEST SPORTS STORY, Jack McCarthy, Cook County Chronicle, Ex-umps share with next generation


2015 Best of the Press: Illinois Press Association

1st Place – Original Column, Paul Sassone, Cook County Chronicle, Chicago

2nd Place – Best Website, Judy Harvey, Steve Dunn, Cook County Chronicle, Chicago

3rd Place – Government Beat Reporting, Kevin Beese, Cook County Chronicle, Chicago

3rd Place – News Reporting Series, Jean Lotus, Cook County Chronicle, Chicago


2015 Newspaper Competition: Northern Illinois Newspaper Association

1st Place – Best Editorial, Cook County Chronicle Editorial Board

1st Place – Best Website, Chronicle Media, LLC

2nd Place – Best Design, Jack McCarthy, Suburban Chronicle

3rd Place – Best Columnist, Paul Sassone, Cook County Chronicle