16 Facts About The Chicago Tribune

1. The Chicago Tribune moved in June 2018 to the Prudential Plaza office complex overlooking Millennium Park after Tribune Media sold Tribune Tower to developers.

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2. On November 20, 2013, The Chicago Tribune laid off another 12 or so editorial staffers.

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3. On March 15, 2012, The Chicago Tribune laid off 15 editorial staffers, including security guard Wendell Smothers.

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4. The Chicago Tribune has since filed suit against the university administration under the Freedom of Information Act to acquire the names of students benefited by administrative clout and impropriety.

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5. In September 2008, The Chicago Tribune considered hiring controversial sports columnist Jay Mariotti, shortly after his abrupt resignation from Tribune archrival Chicago Sun-Times.

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6. In May 2004, The Chicago Tribune revealed that freelance reporter Mark Falanga was unable to verify some facts that he inserted in a lifestyle-related column that ran on April 18, 2004, about an expensive lunch at a Chicago restaurant—namely, that the restaurant charged $15 for a bottle of water and $35 for a pasta entree.

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7. The Chicago Tribune won five Pulitzer prizes in the first decade of the 21st century.

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8. On September 2, 1997, The Chicago Tribune promoted longtime City Hall reporter John Kass to take Royko's place as the paper's principal Page Two news columnist.

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9. In 1997, The Chicago Tribune celebrated its 150th anniversary in part by tapping longtime reporter Stevenson Swanson to edit the book Chicago Days: 150 Defining Moments in the Life of a Great City.

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10. The Chicago Tribune was replaced as film critic by Dave Kehr.

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11. The Chicago Tribune scored a coup in 1984 when it hired popular columnist Mike Royko away from the rival Sun-Times.

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12. The Chicago Tribune won 11 Pulitzer prizes during the 1980s and 1990s.

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13. The Chicago Tribune worked for the short-lived Chicago Times magazine in the late 1980s.

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14. The Chicago Tribune won its first post-McCormick Pulitzer in 1961, when Carey Orr won the award for editorial cartooning.

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15. The Chicago Tribune won the battle, adding 250,000 readers to its ranks.

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16. Under their leadership, The Chicago Tribune distanced itself from the Know Nothings, and became the main Chicago organ of the Republican Party.

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