Save the Chicago Reader

Bruce Sagan, Wrapports LLC

The Chicago Reader is YOUR source for . . .

  • Smart and stylish coverage of our city’s arts and culture.
  • Incisive reporting on public corruption and social ills.
  • Entertainment guides for planning a great night out.
  • Insight and amusement from columns like The Straight Dope and Savage Love.

It’s been a great freebie for 45 years. But the Reader is in danger!

We, the Reader’s staff, ask that you join us in supporting the publication and its advertisers. We are reaching out because . . .

  • The owners at Wrapports LLC have ordered repeated cutbacks that diminish editorial coverage and quality.
  • The size of the print edition has been slashed nearly 40 percent and popular columns have disappeared.
  • Other staff reductions have curtailed service to advertisers and impaired distribution of the print edition.
  • Employees haven’t received a cost-of-living wage increase in nearly a decade.

We recognize the fiscal challenges of the media business, but relentless cuts mean withdrawing from the fight, not meeting it head-on. Ownership must invest in marketing, advertising, and digital operations and enrich editorial content, or the Reader will die.

If you agree, please add your name to the petition below, addressed to Bruce Sagan of Wrapports LLC, and express your feelings on Twitter at #savethechicagoreader.

For more on the Reader’s history and editorial legacy, click here.

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To: Bruce Sagan, Wrapports LLC
From: [Your Name]

Dear Mr. Sagan:
As owners of the Chicago Reader, you and your fellow investors at Wrapports preside over a distinguished journalistic legacy and a beloved institution. A newspaper doesn’t belong to its owners alone—it also belongs to its staff and the people who read it.

I believe that, in the current media environment, the only hope for the Chicago Reader is bold and committed investment—more marketing resources, more digital resources, more staff and, especially, more content.