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Tribune to Print Sun-Times

By Chuck Sudo in News on Jul 19, 2011 9:30PM

2011_7_19_sun_times.jpg The Tribune and Sun-Times have reached an agreement in which the Trib will begin printing the Sun-Times and seven sister publications in September.

Sun-Times Media LLC Chairman Jeremy Halbreich said the agreement will allow his company to invest more money into editorial and advertising. But it's going to cost 400 workers at the Sun-Times production plant at 2800 S. Ashland their jobs, most of them union workers. the Tribune will add about 100 hires to accommodate the added production at their Freedom Center at 777 W. Chicago and could select some of the Sun-times workers.

The Tribune's Freedom Center plant already prints the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Investor's Business Daily locally. The addition of the Sun-Times, SouthtownStar, Naperville Sun, Aurora Beacon-News, Elgin Courier-News, Lake County News-Sun, Merrilville Post-Tribune, Joliet Herald-News will being the total number of newspapers printed there to 15. The Tribune has been distributing the Sun-Times since 2007, and expanded its distribution of the paper last year.