150 years: A look back at our highlights

  • H.C. Paddock at the former office in the 1920s.

    H.C. Paddock at the former office in the 1920s.

  • Hosea C. Paddock

    Hosea C. Paddock

  • Cook County Herald building.

    Cook County Herald building.

  • Stuart Paddock Sr.

    Stuart Paddock Sr.

  • Charles Paddock

    Charles Paddock

  • Stuart R. Paddock Jr.

    Stuart R. Paddock Jr.

  • The third generation of Paddock family owners, from left, siblings Bob Paddock, Stu Paddock Jr. and Margie Flanders.

    The third generation of Paddock family owners, from left, siblings Bob Paddock, Stu Paddock Jr. and Margie Flanders.

  • Dan Baumann, who started his Herald career as a local reporter and retired as chairman of the board.

    Dan Baumann, who started his Herald career as a local reporter and retired as chairman of the board.

  • Current CEO/Publisher and Chairman Doug Ray, who started his career as the Herald's Rolling Meadows reporter.

    Current CEO/Publisher and Chairman Doug Ray, who started his career as the Herald's Rolling Meadows reporter.

  • The old pressroom on Campbell Street in Arlington Heights.

    The old pressroom on Campbell Street in Arlington Heights.

  • The Herald's headquarters in downtown Arlington Heights. The red brick building was opened in 1960.

    The Herald's headquarters in downtown Arlington Heights. The red brick building was opened in 1960.

  • The Daily Herald's onetime office center on Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights.

    The Daily Herald's onetime office center on Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights.

 
Updated 10/5/2022 1:10 AM

Here is a look at some of the highlights of 150 years of newspapering.

1872 -- G.E. Earlie establishes Cook County Herald in Palatine. Palatine Herald was established as an edition of the Cook County Herald.

 

1875 -- Earlie sells Cook County Herald to John Holden and W.C. Williams: Williams sells his half to Holden, starts the "Advertiser" and buys the Palatine Herald from Holden.

1898 -- H.C. Paddock buys the Palatine Enterprise from Williams.

1900 -- H.C. Paddock establishes DuPage County Register.

1922 -- H.C. Paddock sells the business to his sons, Stuart and Charlie Paddock, changing the firm name to H.C. Paddock Sons.

1926 -- H.C. Paddock Sons initiates the Arlington Heights edition of the Cook County Herald, which it renames Arlington Heights Herald.

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1926 -- Company buys eight-page duplex printing press.

1927 -- Arlington Heights Herald begins printing Mount Prospect edition.

1928 -- Establishes Roselle Register.

1935 -- H.C. Paddock dies in Arlington Heights.

1939 -- H.C. Paddock Sons moves into 217 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights.

1948 -- Company incorporates, becoming Paddock Publications Inc.

1949 -- Launches Wheeling Herald.

1950 -- Launches Bensenville Register.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

1951 -- Acquires a new printing press.

1955 -- Launches Rolling Meadows and Prospect Heights editions.

1956 -- First edition printed on 32-page Goss Universal press.

1957 -- Launches Addison Register and Elk Grove edition.

1959 -- Launches Hoffman Estates Herald.

1960 -- Launches Itasca Register.

1962 -- Sunday Suburbanite Shopper develops from the former Shopper for Mount Prospect merchants.

1962 -- Launches Prospect Heights edition.

1963 -- 32-page Goss press expanded to 48 pages.

1964 -- Launches Hanover Park-Streamwood Herald.

1965 -- Launches Schaumburg Herald.

1967 -- Company initiates triweekly publication of all newspapers and discontinues Sunday Suburbanite.

1967 -- Charles S. Paddock dies in Arlington Heights.

1968 -- Stuart R. Paddock Sr. dies in Dunedin, Florida.

1968 -- Stuart R. Paddock Jr. becomes president and publisher of Paddock Publications.

1969 -- Starts daily publication of Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, Rolling Meadows and Palatine Heralds.

1969 -- Launches Buffalo Grove Herald as a triweekly.

1969 -- Begins daily publication of Buffalo Grove, Des Plaines, Elk Grove, Hoffman Estates-Schaumburg-Hanover Park Herald, Prospect Heights and Wheeling Heralds.

1970 -- Purchases Day Publications and suburban newspaper operations of Field Enterprises, including Circle Enterprises and the Lake County Shopper.

1970 -- DuPage County Register is renamed Wood Dale Register.

1970 -- Initiates Lake County Circle Herald, Libertyville, City Edition, Lake Edition, Mundelein, North Shore as a weekly newspaper in Lake County.

1971 -- Printing of Register newspapers moves from Arlington Heights to Downers Grove.

1971 -- The Barrington, Lake Zurich and Wauconda Heralds added as weeklies.

1972 -- Paddock Crescent Newspapers and the Herald Registers sells to a new group called Crescent Newspapers.

1975 -- Launches Saturday edition for all daily papers.

1977 -- All nine dailies renamed to Daily Herald.

1977 -- Launches Vernon Hills Herald.

1977 -- Launches Sunday editions.

1981 -- New Goss Universal 48-page press is installed.

1981 -- Launches the Herald Neighbor tabloid section.

1984 -- Barrington Herald goes daily.

1984 -- Lake County weekly Heralds convert to daily frequency.

1984 -- Board of directors authorizes purchase of two 48-page Koenig and Bauer Commander offset presses.

1985 -- Accounting, Circulation and Human Resources departments are computerized.

1985 -- DuPage County office opens in Roselle, launching edition covering Roselle, Bloomingdale and Medinah.

1985 -- Stuart R. Paddock Printing Center in Arlington Heights prints on new offset presses.

1987 -- DuPage County coverage expands to Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights and Winfield.

1989 -- DuPage County coverage expands to Naperville and Lisle.

1990 -- DuPage County coverage expands to Lombard, Villa Park, Oak Brook, Oak Brook Terrace.

1990 -- Coverage begins in Kane County with Carpentersville, East Dundee, West Dundee, Gilberts and Sleepy Hollow.

1990 -- Third press goes online.

1993 -- Begins coverage of Fox River Grove.

1993 -- Buys computerized pagination system.

1995 -- Time out! entertainment section launches.

1995 -- Elgin bureau opens. Elgin edition is launched.

1995 -- New office center purchased at 155 E. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights

1996 -- Website created for classified advertising

1996 -- Associated Press names Daily Herald sports section among the Top Ten daily sports section in the nation.

1997 -- Daily Herald celebrates 125th birthday.

1997 -- Coverage of Gurnee, Grayslake, Third Lake, Hainesville, Grandwood Park, Wildwood and Gages Lake added.

1997 -- Opens office in St. Charles, expands coverage to St. Charles, Geneva and Batavia.

1997 -- Company buys 27 acres in Schaumburg for a new printing facility.

1997 -- Expands Fox Valley coverage to Wayne and Elburn.

1997 -- Stuart Paddock Jr. named Publisher Emeritus, Dan Baumann named Publisher and Doug Ray named General Manager.

1998 -- Dan Baumann is named CEO.

1999 -- Launches Health & Fitness section.

1999 -- Robert Y. Paddock Sr. dies at age 82 in Inverness.

1999 -- Circulation begins in Rosemont.

1999 -- Doug Ray named President and Chief Operating Officer.

2000 -- Purchases Reflejos Publications Inc., a monthly bilingual newspaper serving Latino readers in Fox Valley and advertisers from Aurora to McHenry.

2000 -- Expands coverage to Fox Lake, Round Lake, Round Lake Park, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, Volo, Long Lake and Fox Lake Hills.

2000 -- Final approval for plans to build 165,000-square-foot Paddock Printing Center along Elgin-O'Hare Expressway in Schaumburg.

2001 -- Founds ChicagoJobNetwork.com, a career-focused website.

2001 -- Launches a redesigned Daily Herald.

2001 -- Doug Ray named CEO.

2001 -- Dan Baumann named Chairman of the Board and Publisher, retires from full-time employment.

2001 -- Stuart R. Paddock Jr. dies at 86 in Arlington Heights.

2001 -- Reflejos goes to weekly publication.

2001 -- Printing operations begin at Paddock Printing Center in Schaumburg.

2004 -- Daily Herald sports section again named one of Top 10 in nation.

2004 -- Home delivery begins in Sugar Grove, Lakemoor, Lilymoor and Antioch.

2005 -- The Daily Herald launches a new employment section called Chicago Suburban Jobs.

2005 -- Redesigned website, www.dailyherald.com, debuts.

2005 -- Launches beep.dailyherald.com, a joint effort of Northwestern University and Paddock Publications.

2005 -- Launches Giving Garden program to help stock food banks and soup kitchens in the suburbs.

2006 -- Beep launches print edition delivered free to 30,000.

2006 -- First video and first interactive graphic posted to dailyherald.com.

2007 -- Launches Yahoo! HotJobs on dailyherald.com.

2008 -- Beep and Time Out! sections merge.

2008 -- Reader commenting is implemented on dailyherald.com.

2009 -- Doug Ray is named publisher in addition to his duties as CEO.

2010 -- Shaw Suburban Media enters a printing agreement with Paddock. Company starts printing Shaw's newspapers.

2010 -- Doug Ray appointed Chairman of the Board; Dan Baumann becomes Chairman Emeritus.

2010 -- Ann Paddock, former director and wife of the late Stuart R. Paddock Jr., dies.

2015 -- Scott Stone named President and Chief Operating Officer.

2016 -- Purchases Marion Republican, Harrisburg Daily Register, Du Quoin Call, Benton News, Randolph County Herald Tribune and Gallatin Democrat, all in southern Illinois.

2016 -- Purchases Virden Recorder, Girard Gazette, Panhandle Press and Northwestern News, all in central Illinois.

2017 -- Purchases Carbondale Times and Thomas Publishing.

2018 -- Board of directors votes to convert the company to 100% employee ownership. Under the ESOP, all shares of company stock are privately held and owned by employees.

2018 -- Purchases Pana News-Palladium, Golden Prairie News and Free-Press Progress.

2018 -- Purchases Blue Mound Leader.

2019 -- Purchases Ramsey News Journal and launches Murphysboro Times.

2020 -- Purchases Moultrie County News-Progress and Fish Wrap and Shelbyville Eagle.

2020 -- Launches weekly Glenview Herald and Northbrook Herald newspapers.

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