Lake County News-Sun
The Lake County News-Sun is a regional newspaper based in Waukegan, Illinois, that predominantly covers news for Lake County, Illinois, a part of the Chicago metropolitan area. It is currently owned by the Sun-Times Media Group as part of its Suburban Chicago Newspapers division, which publishes several Chicago regional newspapers, including the Pioneer Press. While it once covered news in the region almost exclusively (it staved off a challenge from the Chicago Tribune when it opened a Lake County bureau) it has encountered a significant challenge from the Daily Herald since 2000 when that paper opened its Lake County bureau.
The paper started out life as the Independent and later the Lake County Independent based in Libertyville in 1892. By 1921 the paper was known as the Waukegan Daily News and in 1930 it purchased the Waukegan Daily Sun (founded 1897) and merged the two papers to become the Waukegan News-Sun, a name it would operate under until 1971. In 1971 "Waukegan" was dropped from the masthead and the hyphen was removed in 1997 to bring the name to its current iteration of News Sun. However, many readers and residents still refer to it as the Waukegan News-Sun to this day.
Founded by Frank H. Just in 1892 it stayed independent and owned by the Just family until sold to Copley Press in 1983, a ninety-one year run as an independent newspaper. Copley in turn sold the paper to Hollinger International in December 2000.
On July 24, 2006, the paper once again reinvented itself as the Lake County News-Sun, a compact-sized, morning-delivery paper. The paper is now available to morning commuters and delivered to subscribers by 6:30 a.m. The size and image change is the biggest transformation the paper has encountered in its long community history.
On September 3, 2007 the Chicago Sun-Times took over all home delivery and single copy of the News-Sun.