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Keep the Chicago Tribune Local:

We oppose the sale of the Chicago Tribune to owners based outside the community. We are particularly opposed to the sale of the Tribune to Koch Industries, which reportedly wants to use media outlets to further its political agenda.

The upcoming sale is the best opportunity to make the Chicago Tribune accountable to its readers. We demand that you sell the Tribune only to a local owner who will commit to the following principles:

  1. The Chicago Tribune will serve the news and information needs of the whole community. The Tribune should not exist to serve an owner's political agenda.
  2. The Chicago Tribune will act as a watchdog against corporate abuse and political corruption.
  3. The Chicago Tribune will hire more local reporters and editors.
  4. The Chicago Tribune will produce credible and fair journalism that reflects our community's diversity.

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    Koch News Is Bad News for Chicago

    The Koch brothers may be on the verge of destroying the Chicago Tribune.

    The billionaire brothers reportedly want to buy the eight Tribune Company newspapers and use these outlets to promote their extreme political agenda. This means turning the Chicago Tribune into a platform for Koch Industries at the expense of everyday Chicagoans.

    The Koch brothers have repeatedly misled the public on a range of social, economic and political issues. They don't care one bit about journalism or the Chicago community.

    Still, the Tribune Company is reportedly taking the Koch bid for its newspapers very seriously.

    We can't let the Kochs win this one. The Tribune Company needs to hear from the people of Chicago and beyond.

    Take action. Tell the Tribune Company: Don't sell the Chicago Tribune to the Koch brothers — or anyone who would put ideology before fair, objective and hard-hitting journalism. We'll deliver your message to Tribune Company executives before it's too late.

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