Southern Illinois Local Media Group

The Southern Illinois LOCAL Media Group is an arm of Paddock Publications. Our towns are deep southern Illinois, a pristine region of forests, bluffs, fens and wetlands nestled between the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, that thrived on coal mining for more than a century, only to see most of the mines close and the good union jobs go away. Most of our newspapers — Marion Republican, Harrisburg Register/Eldorado Journal, Du Quoin Call, Benton News, Randolph County Herald-Tribune (Chester) and the Gallatin County Democrat — have a long history in their respective communities, dating back to the 1800s or early 1900s.

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