With closure of Rantoul Press and cutbacks at Commercial News, local newspapers continue to shrink

The News-Gazette’s owners are shutting down the Rantoul Press – while the Commercial News, based in Danville, has announced reduced days of publication.

The Rantoul Press has been in operation since the early 1900s and is published weekly on Wednesday. It was formerly owned by Glenn Hansen, who died in 2008. The newspaper was sold to the News-Gazette in 2004.

“It’s sad because it’s been our little newspaper,” said Kaye Heath, secretary and treasurer of the Rantoul Historical Society and Museum.

Heath, 75, is a lifelong resident of Rantoul and said that in addition to retaining a copy of the full paper, the historical society often clips articles from the newspaper, such as fires and other happenings, for their files.

“We’re going to miss it,” she said.