Lost of printing contract may hurt Champaign newspaper

By The Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The publisher of The News-Gazette says the newspaper will cut at least seven jobs and maybe more because it will no longer print certain editions of the Chicago Tribune.

For 25 years, The News-Gazette has printed the Tribune’s Midwest edition for distribution south of Chicago. But the Tribune has decided to do the printing in-house rather than in Champaign and Madison, Wis., News-Gazette Publisher John Foreman said last week.

The News-Gazette will print the Tribune until April 26, when seven of 24 jobs in the pressroom will be eliminated, Foreman said. He also said the loss of the $2 million annual Tribune contract likely will affect other departments.

“I don’t know how deep we will have to go,” he said.

The News-Gazette Inc. employs 302 full-time and 126 part-time employees, according to Karen Hampton, the company’s director of human resources.

The News-Gazette is owned by the private Marajen Stevick Foundation, which was designed to support the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois and the University of Illinois Foundation.