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The Naperville Sun is a newspaper based in Naperville, Illinois. It is published six days a week, Sunday through Friday. It is owned by the Sun-Times Media Group, formerly Hollinger, a group that includes the Chicago Sun-Times, the Aurora Beacon News, the Joliet Herald News, the Elgin Courier News and the Lake County News Sun, formerly Waukegan News Sun. Hollinger purchased many suburban daily and weekly papers from The Copley Press in 2000.

Early years

When Harold White and Gordon Haist bought The Naperville Sun for $600 in 1936, the year-old publication was little more than a typewriter, a desk and a name. At the end of The Sun's first year the paper was still being distributed for free to some 2,000 families, and printed in Downers Grove, Illinois for a fee that exceeded the revenue coming in, while its size had dwindled to four pages. In that first decade, the number of publishing pratfalls were barely exceeded by the will to learn from a bumpy start — and keep the paper in print.

The first Sun, dated July 19, 1935, rolled off the press in Downers Grove under the watchful eye of printer Gordon Isaac, who would come to be a mentor to early publishers Harold Moser and Harold White.

Moser launched the paper to compete with the Naperville Clarion. The first edition covered the bases: a report and picture of Elmer Yanke's car versus tree collision; gate receipts from 4,298 nonresident visitors to Centennial Beach; the "matrimonial plunge" of Harold Kopp and Esther...
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