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Elected officials and the local newspaper union in Peoria, Ill. are rallying around the local newspaper, which La Jolla-based Copley Press plans to sell.

A story today in the Peoria Journal Star says:

Concerns that the next owner of the Journal Star might reduce news staff to save money were addressed by politicians, some of whom acknowledged having differences with the newspaper in the past.

“Probably nobody has had more disagreements with editorial staff and reporters than I have,” U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood said, but it’s important the newspaper continue to stand up for the average citizen.

The local newspaper guild there has set up a website for the paper’s supporters and an online petition urging the community to register their opinions with Copley Press owner David Copley. They’ve to date gathered 211 signatures.

ROB DAVIS

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