The paper was founded in 1904 as "Joliet Herald." In 1913 its founder, Ira Clifton Copley, purchased the "Joliet News" a paper which was founded in 1877. In 1915 the two papers were merged producing the "Herald-News." In 2000, Copley Press sold the publication to Hollinger International (later the Sun-Times Media Group). In 2013, Sun-Times sold the Herald News to Shaw Media, parent company of the Northwest Herald.
The Herald-News is printed early at one of its parent-company's facilities in Chicago, driven to Northwest Indiana and distributed based on delivery region.
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