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Rentschler Chicago Weekly Chain Folds

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Rentschler Chicago Weekly Chain Folds

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Rentschler Chicago weekly chain folds

William H. Rentschler went out of the newspaper business with the folding Jan. 30 of his News/Voice weeklies in suburban Chicago.

In an article published as a wrap-around of the final issue, Rentschler said the papers had lost money since he had bought them in 1983, but that the past two years had been particularly brutal.

The papers had drained his personal finances, he said.

"Martha and I pumped in many dollars to keep News/Voice alive over a number of years. No longer. That simply hasn't been an option for the past few years. The well is dry," he wrote.

The most devastating blow, Rentschler said, was the loss last October of the contract to publish the Great Lakes Bulletin for the area U.S. Navy base. News/Voice had had the contract since 1984.

"That accounted for a good one-third of our revenue," Rentschler said in an interview.

Rentschler also said his outspoken political views had stirred opposition to the papers in the staid and affluent North Shore suburbs where the News/Voice papers published.

"We considered ourselves one of the last of the pamphleteers," Rentschler declared.

Rentschler also blamed political forces when, in December 1988, he had shut down the 65-year-old San Francisco Progress after two years of ownership. …

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