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June 19, 2017

Chicagoans Rally to Save the Chicago Sun-Times

Statement from Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez and Edwin Eisendrath on submitting a bid to purchase the Chicago Sun-Times

Statement from Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez and Edwin Eisendrath on submitting a bid to purchase the Chicago Sun-Times

Today, a group of Chicagoans, including the Chicago Federation of Labor and a few of its affiliated unions, submitted a bid to purchase the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Reader. The Sun-Times is the oldest, continuously published newspaper in our city, and we strongly believe its independent voice must continue. A great newspaper in a great democracy needs to matter to the 99 percent, not just the elites.

A couple weeks ago, the Department of Justice intervened to halt the sale of the Sun-Times to Tronc, in order to see whether there were other qualified bidders. Today this group answered their call, by submitting a bid that meets the all standards set forth by the government. We look forward to working closely with the current ownership group to complete the transaction. 

The Sun-Times has a great tradition of telling the stories that matter to Chicagoans. The CFL has a proud history of owning and operating a radio station (WCFL) and a fully functioning news room (The Federation News). We also believe that the news business, although in transition, has tremendous potential.  The Sun-Times is progressive but not elite, and that fits the strong vision we have for the future of this paper. We look forward to sharing that vision as the process unfolds.

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