Illinois Online Historical Newspapers Summary

 

Illinois is one of the states that does have a central online repository for searching historical newspapers. Several states use the Library of Congress Chronicling America site as their main central online site for searching old newspapers. Illinois does have several online newspapers available on that site. Illinois currently has its online availability from many different websites and a few of them house many newspapers. Many are free and many require a subscription. Below is a list of where the titles are stored and the link so that you can access them. 

There are over 8.000 newspapers that have been published in the Prairie State – certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are quite a few that are indeed available. So go for it – find your Illinois ancestors and all the interesting articles that capture the stories of their lives. 

Please note that I have not always entered the dates that are included in the collections, as I suspect they will change as more items are digitized. Also I suspect that some of these links may change over time – so if there is a dead link – please use your favorite search engine to find their new location. 

(Updated May 2021; recently added links are in BOLD)

Free Sites:

Statewide Collections:

Chronicling America – Illinois Newspapers 

Google News Archive

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection

Farm, Field and Fireside Collection – University of Illinois 

Illinois Civil War Newspapers

  • Cairo City Weekly Gazette
  • Cairo War Eagle
  • Daily Illinois State Journal
  • Daily Whig and Republican
  • Illinois Daily State Journal
  • Illinois State Journal
  • Illinois State Register
  • Jonesboro Weekly Gazette
  • Quincy Daily Whig and Republican
  • Rock Island Argus
  • The Jonesboro Gazette

County and Library Collections:

Adams County
Quincy Historical Newspaper Archive

  • Quincy Daily Journal
  • Quincy Daily Whig
  • Quincy Daily Herald 
  • Quincy Morning Whig
  • Illinois Bounty Land Register
  • Quincy Whig 
  • Quincy Herald 
  • Quincy Whig-Republican

Brown County
Brown County Public Library 

  • Brown County Democrat 
  • Brown County Democrat Message
  • Brown County Republican 
  • Democrat Message 
  • Examiner
  • Illinois Weekly Message 
  • The Brown County Democrat Message

Cass County
Beardstown Houston Memorial Library

  • Illinoian Star 
  • The Illinoian-Star 
  • Illinoian Star Daily 
  • Cass County Star Gazette
  • Morning Enterprise 
  • Beardstown Daily Illinoian Star
  • Beardstown Semi-Weekly Illinoian 
  • Central Illinoian 
  • Tri-Weekly Beardstown Enterprise 
  • Evening Star
  • Beardstown Illinoian 
  • Alton Spectator 
  • Illinoian Democrat 
  • Quincy Herald Whig And The Quincy Journal 
  • Weekly Enterprise 
  • Barrington Review
  • Democrat News
  • Beardstown Chronicle And Illinois Military Bounty Land Advertiser 
  • Weekly Transcript 
  • Centreville News 
  • Daily Register 
  • Batavia Bulletin Record 
  • Edgewater Uptown News
  • Beardstown Gazette 
  • Beardstown Democrat 
  • Alton Daily Telegraph
  • Alton Telegraph
  • Alton Weekly Telegraph
  • Beardstown Enterprise 
  • Cass County Messenger 
  • Gazette
  • Beardstown Champion
  • Labor News Review 
  • Bennington Banner
  • Cincinnati Commercial 
  • Times 
  • Cass County Democrat 
  • Reporter 
  • Edinburg Herald 
  • Rochester Weekly Item
  • Star of the West
  • Steeleville Ledger 
  • Taylorville Journal 
  • Western Argus 
  • News And Record 
  • Daily Alton Telegraph 
  • Mt. Auburn Tribune
  • Palmyra Courier  
  • Alton Telegraph And Democratic Review 
  • Avon Sentinel 
  • Calhoun Herald 
  • Campaign Republican 
  • Quincy Herald 
  • Weekly Central Illinoian 
  • Western Cumberland Presbyterian
  • Alton Telegraph And Madison County Record 
  • Illinois State Journal 
  • Alton Telegraph And Madison Record 

Clark County
Marshall Public Library

  • Marshall Independent
  • Clark County Democrat 
  • Clark County Herald 
  • Clark County Daily Chronicle 
  • Independent Choice
  • The Marshall Herald
  • Independent Choice 
  • Marshall Herald
  • Marshall Advocate 
  • Marshall Choice 
  • The Clark County Herald 
  • Marshall Messenger 
  • The Marshall Republican 
  • Marshall Independent Choice 
  • The Marshall Weekly Messenger
  • Flag of Our Union 
  • The Manteno News 
  • The McLeansboro Times
  • Macomb Eagle 
  • The Woodford Sentinel
  • The Maroa Times 
  • Mason City Journal 
  • Marshall Telegraph 
  • Illinois State Democrat 
  • The Eastern Illinoisan 
  • The Hornet
  • The Macomb Journal 
  • The Egyptian Press 
  • The Leader 
  • The Massac Journal
  • Marion Intelligencer 
  • Massac Journal 
  • Semi-Weekly Eastern Illinoisan 
  • The Minonk News
  • Marion Evening Post 
  • The Promulgator
  • Metropolis Democrat 
  • The Marion Post
  • The Marion Flag 
  • Daily Clark County Herald 
  • Mason City Banner
  • Mattoon Commercial Star 
  • Metamora Sentinel 
  • The Mason City Times
  • Our Flag 
  • Review Dispatch
  • Eastern Illinoisan 
  • The Union Eagle 
  • M’Donough Independent
  • Menard Time
  • Mason City Banner Times 
  • Metropolis Weekly Sentinel
  • The Milford Herald 
  • The Marion Weekly Flag
  • Macomb Daily Journal 
  • Marion Monitor
  • Mascoutah Herald 
  • Massac Journal Republican 
  • Medora Messenger 
  • Metropolis Times
  • The Acorn
  • The Illinois State Democrat
  • The Massac Journal Republican 
  • The Mattoon Star 
  • The Metamora Herald
  • The Moline Review 
  • The Illinois By-Stander
  • The Marion Daily Republican
  • The People’s Friend 
  • Metropolis Register
  • Clark County Telegraph 
  • M’Donough Democrat
  • M’Donough Independent And Democratic Review
  • Marion Independent 
  • Mascoutah Anzeiger
  • Middletown Ledger 
  • The Illinois Granger 
  • The Mattoon Journal
  • The Metropolis City Item 
  • The Metropolis Herald 
  • The Metropolis Register
  • The Metropolitan
  • The Woodford County Argus 
  • Woodford Co. Visitor
  • Martinsville Planet

Cook County
Bellwood Public Library

  • Franklin Park Star Sentinel
  • Maywood Star Sentinel
  • Melrose Park Star Sentinel
  • Northlake Star Sentinel
  • Proviso Star Sentinel
  • Star Sentinel
  • The Star – Progress
  • The Star Progress
  • West Proviso Herald

Forest Park Public Library

  • Forest Park Review
  • Review and Forest Parker 
  • Forest Parker

Forest Park Public Library Newspaper Archives

Midlothian Public Library

  • Midlothian-Bremen Messenger
  • Midlothian Bremen Messenger 
  • Bremen Township News Record 
  • Bremen Township Rooster 
  • Posen Times
  • Midlothian Messenger 

Park Ridge Library (in library)

  • Park Ridge Advocate 
  • Park Ridge Herald 
  • Park Ridge Herald Advocate 
  • Park Ridge Times Herald 

River Forest Public Library

  • Forest Leaves 
  • Oak Leaves 
  • River Forest Forest Leaves 

DeKalb County
Hinckley Historical Society

  • Country Courier
  • Hinckley Review
  • Review
  • Waterman Leader
  • The Hinckley Review

Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum

  • Compton Record 
  • Dekalb County Express 
  • Evening Times 
  • Lee County Times 
  • Paw Paw News
  • Shabbona Express 

DeWitt County
Farmer City Public Library

  • Farmer City Journal
  • Farmer City Journal And Mansfield Express
  • Leroy Journal 
  • Public Reaper 
  • Peoples Press 
  • Forreston Weekly Journal
  • De Witt County Tribune 
  • Forreston Journal 
  • Weekly Reaper 
  • Weekly Transcript 
  • Wayne County Record 
  • Clinton Tribune 
  • Daily Independent
  • Farmer City Republican 
  • Standard Atlas of DeWitt County 
  • Chicago Tribune 
  • Wayne County Press 
  • Southern Illinois Journal 
  • Chicago Daily Tribune 
  • Times 
  • Advance 
  • Chicago Times 
  • Western Plowman and South and West 
  • Egyptoglyph 
  • Journal 
  • Fairfield Independent Press 
  • South End Reporter 
  • Farmer City Weekly Republican
  • Fairfield Weekly Democrat 
  • Independent Press
  • Forreston Herald 
  • War Democrat 
  • Wayne County Herald
  • Farmington Bugle 
  • Fernwood News 
  • Weekly Journal 
  • Peoples Journal 
  • Sun 
  • Fairbury Journal 
  • Freeport Daily Journal
  • Press and Tribune 
  • Fairfield Weekly News 
  • Lebanon Advertiser 
  • Blooming Press 
  • DeWitt County Observer 
  • Farmer City Reporter 
  • Greenup Press 
  • Hennepin Journal 
  • Normalite 
  • Prairie Pioneer 
  • Fisher Reporter 
  • Jacksonville Tribune 
  • Illinois Gazette 
  • Murphysboro Daily Independent 
  • Galena Sentinel 
  • Riverside Press 
  • Illinois Patriot 
  • Restitution 
  • Danville Republican And Chronotype 
  • Greenville Advocate 
  • Leroy Free Press
  • Brown County Democrat
  • Daily Republican Era

DuPage County
Addison Public Library

  • Press and Tribune 
  • Addison Press

St. Charles Public Library

  • Elgin Daily Courier
  • Kane County Chronicle
  • Savanna Times-Journal
  • St Charles Chronicle
  • St Charles Leader
  • St Charles Patriot
  • St Charles Weekly Argus
  • St. Charles Patriot And Fox River Advocate
  • The Saint Charles Review
  • The St. Charles Chronicle
  • The Valley Chronicle
  • Valley Chronicle

Hancock County
Warsaw Public Library 

  • Daily Warsaw Bulletin 
  • Daily Warsaw City Bulletin 
  • Hamilton Pilot 
  • Hancock County Journal 
  • Hancock County Journal Pilot 
  • Hancock County Pilot 
  • Hancock Democrat 
  • Hancock Eagle Extra 
  • Hancock New Era 
  • The Mississippi Pilot 
  • Warsaw Bulletin 
  • Warsaw City Bulletin 
  • Warsaw Commercial Journal 
  • Warsaw Express 
  • Warsaw Message 
  • Warsaw Signal 
  • Warsaw Signal Extra
  • Warsaw Weekly Express 
  • Western World 

Henry County
Cambridge Library

  • Cambridge Chronicle
  • Cambridge Democrat
  • Chronicle
  • Daily Chronicle
  • Fair Budget
  • Fulton County
  • Henry County Chronicle
  • Henry County Dial
  • Henry County Gazette
  • Prairie Chief

Clover Public Library District

  • Wrova Reporter 
  • Galva News
  • Woodhull Dispatch
  • The Woodhull Dispatch

Galva Public Library

  • The Galva News
  • Galva Weekly News 
  • The Galva Standard
  • Galva News 
  • Galva Semi-Weekly News 

Geneseo Public Library

  • Geneseo Republic
  • The Geneseo Republic
  • The Henry County News 
  • Geneseo Republic And Henry County News
  • The Union Advocate
  • Henry County News
  • The Sun
  • Geneseo Weekly Sun 
  • The Geneseo Journal 
  • The Geneseo News
  • The Geneseo Enterprise 
  • Republic
  • The Henry County Arena
  • The People’s Union Mission
  • Geneseo Daily Arena
  • The Standard

Kewanee Public Library District

  • Daily Independent 
  • Independent 
  • Kewanee Advertiser 
  • Kewanee Courier 
  • Kewanee Daily Star Courier 
  • Kewanee Independent 
  • Kewanee Star Courier 
  • Kewanee Weekly Star Courier 
  • Star Courier
  • Atkinson Annawan News
  • The Star Courier

Western District Library (Orion)

  • Orion Vidette 
  • The Orion Times 
  • The Liberator And Times 
  • Orion Times 
  • The New Orion Times 
  • Orion Gazette 
  • Gazette 

Kane County
Town and Country Public Library District 

  • Elburn Enterprise 
  • Elburn Herald 
  • Elburn Weekly Record 

LaSalle County
Earlville Library

  • The Earlville Leader
  • The Earlville Post
  • Earlville Leader 
  • The Earlville Gazette 
  • Earlville Gazette 
  • LaSalle County Gazette Express

Lawrence County
Lawrence Public Library

  • American Banner
  • Birds Review
  • Campaign Republican
  • Clay County Herald
  • Clay County Tribune
  • Clay County Union
  • Daily Advocate
  • Daily News
  • Daily Record
  • Democratic Herald
  • Elks New Home Booster
  • Fulton Advocate
  • Fulton Banner
  • Fulton Democrat
  • Fulton Gazette
  • Fulton Republican
  • Golden Era
  • Hamilton County Express
  • Hamilton County Herald
  • Hamilton Democrat
  • Hamilton Express
  • Hamilton Sucker
  • Herald
  • Illinois Christian Advocate
  • Illinois Gazette
  • Illinois Public Ledger
  • Illinois Son of Temperance
  • Kickapoo Press
  • Knox County Republican
  • Knox Republican
  • La Harpe Leader
  • La Rose Vidette
  • La Salle Journal
  • Lacon Herald
  • Lacon Intelligencer
  • Lake County Times
  • Lake Forest Era
  • Lake Villa Advocate
  • Lake Zurich Independent
  • Lake Zurich News
  • Lawrence County Courier
  • Lawrence County Democrat
  • Lawrence County Journal
  • Lawrence County News
  • Lawrence County Press
  • Lawrenceville Banner
  • Lawrenceville Republican
  • Le Roy Eagle
  • Le Roy Exchange
  • Le Roy Free Press
  • Le Roy Weekly Exchange
  • Lebanon Journal
  • Lebanon Leader
  • Lena Daily Star
  • Lerna Weekly Eagle
  • Lewistown Democrat
  • Lewistown Lance
  • Lewistown News
  • Lewistown Union
  • Lincoln Evening Star
  • Lincoln Herald
  • Lincoln Times
  • Lincoln Weekly Herald
  • Litchfield Advocate
  • Litchfield Union Monitor
  • Little Rock Press
  • Local Reporter
  • Lockport Telegraph
  • Logan Courier
  • Lomax Herald
  • Louisville Ledger
  • Louisville Ledger Democrat
  • Louisville Visitor
  • Louisville Weekly Democrat
  • Lyons Herald
  • Mammoth
  • Marshall County Democrat
  • Marshall County Sentinel
  • McLeansboro Times
  • Montgomery Democrat
  • Mouser
  • Quill
  • Rural Republican
  • Sentimentalist
  • Star
  • Star Spangled Banner
  • Sumner Advocate
  • Sumner Democrat
  • Sumner Press
  • Voice of the People
  • Wauconda Independent
  • Weekly Herald
  • Western Globe
  • Wheeling Independent

Logan County
Atlanta Public Library and Museum  

  • Argus 
  • Atlanta Argus 
  • Atlanta Argus And The Armington Helper 
  • Atlanta Argus Lens
  • Atlanta Daily Argus
  • McLean County News 
  • McLean Lens 

Madison County 
Hayner Library Newspaper Archives

Tri-Township Public Library Newspaper Archives

Marshall County
Henry Public Library

  • Henry News-Republican 
  • Henry News Republican 
  • Henry Republican 
  • The Henry Republican 
  • Marshall County Republican 
  • Henry Current News 
  • Henry Weekly Courier 
  • Marshall County Telegraph
  • Henry Courier

McHenry County
Harvard Diggins Library

  • Harvard Herald
  • Harvard Herald Independent 
  • The Harvard Herald and Independent
  • Harvard Independent 
  • The Harvard Independent 
  • The Harvard Herald
  • The News Bulletin

McHenry County Newspapers

  • Daily Sentinel-Richmond Edition
  • Hole In The Wall
  • Home Circle
  • Marengo Journal
  • Marengo News
  • Marengo Republican
  • Marengo Republican-News
  • McHenry Star
  • McHenry Star News
  • Nu Vue News
  • Richmond Gazette
  • Richmond Nu Vue News
  • Richmond Recorder
  • The McHenry Plaindealer
  • The Patrons Advocate
  • The Woodstock American
  • The Woodstock Republican
  • The Woodstock Sentinel
  • Union News
  • Woodstock Daily Sentinel

Ogle County
Byron Public Library

  • Airship Log
  • Altamont News
  • Alton Daily Times
  • Arcola Record
  • Arlington Heights Herald
  • Arthur Graphic Clarion
  • Atwood Herald
  • Avon Sentinel
  • Barrington Review
  • Belleville Daily News Democrat
  • Belleville Morning Record
  • Belleville News Democrat
  • Benld Enterprise
  • Berwyn Beacon
  • Bethany Echo
  • Blandinsville Star Gazette
  • Bloomington Commonwealth and the Sunday Record
  • Bloomington Record
  • Boone County Courier
  • Broadlands News
  • Brookfield Enterprise
  • Brookport Independent
  • Buda Plain Dealer
  • Bushnell Market Reporter
  • Byron Express
  • Byron News
  • Byron Record
  • Byron Times
  • Byron Tribune
  • Carlyle Democrat
  • Casey Banner Times
  • Casey Daily Reporter
  • Centralia Daily Democrat
  • Cerro Gordo News
  • Chadwick Clarion
  • Chapin News
  • Chenoa Clipper
  • Chester Press
  • Community Courier
  • Daily Advocate
  • Greene County Farm Bureau News Letter
  • Journal Illinois Sportsman
  • McLean County Farm and Home Bureau News
  • Prairie State Tribune
  • Tempo
  • Times
  • Verdurette

Polo Public Library 

  • Ogle County Press 
  • Tri County Press 
  • Tri-County Press 

Peoria County
Brimfield Public Library

  • The Brimfield News
  • The Princeville Telephone
  • The Telephone
  • The Brimfield Gazette

Peoria Heights Public Library

  • The Heights Herald 

Rock Island County
Moline Public Library

  • Moline Daily Dispatch 
  • Daily Dispatch
  • Moline Daily Journal
  • Daily Journal 
  • Evening Mail 
  • Sunday Mail 
  • Moline Evening Mail And Journal 
  • Moline Sunday Mail And Journal
  • Moline Mail And Journal 
  • Moline Independent 
  • Moline Review
  • Review Dispatch 
  • Moline Review Dispatch 
  • Moline Weekly Journal 
  • Weekly Mail 
  • Moline Weekly Mail 
  • Moline Workman 
  • The Daily Dispatch
  • The Dispatch

Schuyler County
Rushville Illinois

  • Rushville Times
  • Schuyler Citizen
  • Rushville Times and Schuyler County Herald
  • Jersey County Journal
  • Prairie Telegraph
  • Rushville Journal

Stark County
Bradford Public Library District

  • Bradford Republican
  • Bradford Stark County Republican
  • Stark County Republican
  • Bradford Independent
  • Bradford Weekly Independent
  • Bradford Daily Revivalist 
  • Cambridge Chronicle

Toulon Public Library

  • Goreville Record
  • Molly Daily Stark
  • Molly Tri Weekly Stark
  • Prairie Times
  • Red Bud Pilgrim
  • Stark County News
  • Stark County Sentinel
  • Stark County Union
  • The Piatt County Republican
  • The Sunday Herald
  • Tri Weekly Call

Wyoming Public Library Newspaper Archives

St. Clair County
Freeburg Area Library District

  • Freeburg Tribune 

New Athens District Library

  • Journal Messenger 
  • Journal Press 
  • New Athens Journal 
  • New Athens Journal Press 
  • Whistle 

Tazewell County
Morton Public Library

  • Tazewell News
  • Tazewell County News
  • Morton Times News
  • The Morton News
  • Morton Courier
  • Cauldron
  • Courier
  • The Tazewell News

Tazewell County Genealogical Society

  • The Atlanta Argus
  • The Emden News
  • The Emden Weekly Star
  • The Hartsburg Enterprise
  • The Hartsburg Journal
  • The New Holland Journal
  • The San Jose Journal

Whiteside County
Sterling Public Library

  • Evening Gazette
  • Sterling Gazette
  • Sterling Standard
  • Sterling Daily Standard
  • Sterling Evening Gazette
  • Sterling Semi Weekly Gazette 
  • Sterling Daily Gazette
  • Daily Gazette 
  • Republican and Gazette 
  • Fulton Journal 
  • Sterling Republic 
  • Sterling Daily Gazette And Daily Standard
  • The Daily Gazette

Sterling Newspaper Archive

Erie Illinois Public Library 

  • Erie Independent 
  • Review 

Will County
Plainfield Public Library

  • Enterprise 
  • The Enterprise

Winnebago County
Talcott Free Library

  • Rockton Herald
  • The Rockton Herald
  • Rockton-Roscoe Herald 
  • North Suburban Herald 
  • Rockton Roscoe Herald 
  • Herald

Woodford County
Illinois Prairie District Public Library

  • Herald
  • Hornet
  • Illinois State Democrat
  • Marshall Messenger
  • Marshall Telegraph
  • Marshall Weekly Messenger
  • Mascoutah Anzeiger
  • Mascoutah Herald
  • Mason City Banner
  • Mason City Banner Times
  • Mason City Journal
  • Mason City Times
  • Massac Journal
  • Massac Journal Republican
  • Mattoon Commercial Star
  • Mattoon Journal
  • Mattoon Star
  • Medora Messenger
  • Menard Time
  • Metamora Herald
  • Metamora Sentinel
  • Metropolis City Item
  • Metropolis Democrat
  • Metropolis Herald
  • Metropolis Register
  • Metropolis Times
  • Metropolis Weekly Sentinel
  • Metropolitan
  • Middletown Ledger
  • Milford Herald
  • Minonk News
  • Moline Review
  • Promulgator
  • Review Dispatch
  • Roanoke Review
  • Semi Weekly Eastern Illinoisan
  • Varna Leader
  • Washburn Leader
  • Woodford Co Visitor
  • Woodford County Argus
  • Woodford Sentinel

Algonquin Area Local Newspapers

  • Algonquin Countryside
  • Algonquin Township Life
  • Cardunal Free Press
  • Courier News
  • Daily Herald
  • Lake in the Hills Countryside
  • Northwest Herald

Cook County Memorial Public Library District Newspapers

  • Lake County Independent
  • Lake County Independent and Waukegan Weekly Sun
  • Libertyville Independent
  • Lake County Register

Elgin Area Newspapers

Flora Public Library Digital Newspapers 

  • Southern Illinois Journal & Weekly Journal
  • Southern Illinois Journal
  • Southern Illinois Record
  • Flora Record
  • Flora Journal Record

Highland Park Local Newspapers

  • Highland Park News
  • Highland Park Press
  • Sheridan Road News-Letter
  • Highland Park News-Letter
  • North Shore News-Letter

Libertyville Local Newspapers

  • Waukegan Weekly Sun
  • Libertyville Independent
  • Independent Register
  • Southwest News Sun (Waukegan)
  • Waukegan News Sun
  • Lake County Independent and Waukegan Weekly Sun
  • Lake County Independent
  • Libertyville Review
  • Libertyville Independent Register

Wilmette Public Library Newspapers

  • Wilmette Life
  • Lake Shore News
  • Wilmette Beacon

Student Collections:

Antioch Community High School – Antioch

Augustana College – Rock Island 

Benedictine University – Lisle

Bradley University – Peoria

Columbia College – Chicago

DePaul University – Chicago

Eastern Illinois University – Charleston

Elmhurst College – Elmhurst

Glenbard West High School – Glen Ellyn

Governors State University – University Park

Granite High School – Granite City

Illinois Central College – East Peoria

Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago

Illinois State University – Normal

Illinois Wesleyan University – Bloomington

Illinois Woman’s College – Jacksonville

Joliet Junior College – Joliet

Lake Forest College – Lake Forest

Lake Land College- Mattoon

Loyola University – Chicago

Marist High School – Chicago

Millikin University – Decatur

Monmouth College – Monmouth

Mundelein College – Chicago

New Trier High School – Winnetka

Niles Township High School – Skokie

Niles West High School – Skokie

North Central College – Naperville

North Park University – Chicago

Northeastern Illinois University – Chicago

Northwestern University – Evansville

Northern Illinois University – De Kalb

Saint Viator High School – Arlington Heights

Saint Xavier University – Chicago

South Suburban College – South Holland

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

University High School, Midway – Chicago

University of Chicago – Chicago

University of Illinois – Urbana

University of St. Francis – Joliet

Vienna High School – Vienna

Western Illinois University – Macomb

Miscellaneous Collections and Indexes:

Independent Voices – Alternative Newspapers

  • 2 3 Many
  • A Four-year bummer
  • Action Bulletin
  • Ad Hoc Bulletin (Marxist-Lenninist
  • Arsenal: Surrealist Subversion
  • Black Maria
  • Blazing Star
  • But We Didn’t Know
  • CWLU News
  • Dull Brass
  • Feminist Voice
  • Fight Back!
  • GI News
  • Great Lakes Torpedo
  • Harass the Brass
  • Inside-Out
  • Kaleidoscope Chicago
  • Korea free press
  • Lavender Woman
  • Living Hand
  • Logistic, The
  • Milk Quarterly
  • Mother-country
  • Movement for Democratic Military
  • Navy Times Are Changin’
  • Operation County fair Newsletter
  • Other Half, The
  • Rag, The
  • Rising Up Angry
  • Secret Storm
  • Seed, The
  • Spokeswoman, The
  • Student Mobilization Committee to end the War in Vietnam
  • Vet Cong
  • Veteran, The (Chicago)
  • Veterans stars And stripes For Peace
  • Vietnam GI
  • Vietnam GI (Stateside Edition)Y
  • Vietnam Veterans Against the War
  • Voices of the Women’s Liberation Movement
  • War Bulletin
  • Wildcat
  • Winter soldier

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers 1933-1942

Illinois Swedish Language Newspapers

Small Town Papers

Old Fulton Postcards

  • Antioch IL News 
  • Carlinville IL Conservative
  • Carlinville IL Daily Enquirer
  • Carlinville IL Democrat
  • Carlinville IL Free Democrat
  • Carlinville IL Macoupin County Argus
  • Carlinville IL Macoupin County Herald
  • Carlinville IL Spectator
  • Carrol County IL Republican
  • Chathan IL Clarion
  • Chicago IL American
  • Chicago IL Daily Press Tribune
  • Chicago IL Daily Trubine
  • Chicago IL Daily Worker
  • Chicago IL Draugas
  • Chicago IL Lithuanian Friend
  • Chicago IL Tribune
  • Chicago IL Daily Inter Ocean
  • Chicago IL Draugas Daily Friend
  • Mt. Olive IL Herald
  • Staunton IL Star Times
  • Urbana IL Daily Courier
  • Virden IL Recorder
  • Wood River IL Journal

The Olden Times – Illinois

Newspaper Abstracts – Illinois

For Obituary Indexes, transcriptions, and other death/obituary information from historic newspapers, please check out the Obituaries page. 

Other Free Sites:

Antioch

Aurora

Barrington

Belleville

Chicago

Downers Grove

Edwardsville

Galesburg

Granite City

Huntley

Hyde Park

Joliet

Lake Forest

McHenry

Mt. Carroll

Niles

Nokomis

Oak Lawn

Oak Park

Peoria

Proviso

Rockford

Skokie

Springfield

Subscription or Pay Sites:

Ancestry.com:

There are currently 102 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – Illinois Newspapers

Genealogy Bank:

There are currently 580 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank – Illinois Newspapers

Newspaper Archive:

There are currently 838 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – Illinois

Newspapers.com:

There are currently 370 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com – Illinois 

And Finally:

You also need to check out the University of Illinois Newspapers Database site, which can tell you what is happening in the state with regard to all the newspapers that are listed in the database and whether they are available via paper, microfilm, and/or online. 

Please note – even more may be available via a local library where a library card is required. And of course there is always microfilm for those that have not been made available online as yet.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

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  1. Badly needed are online access to newspapers from Will County, particularly covering Braidwood cica 1870 to 1920
    A useful addition to Chicago newspapers online would be the Chicago Record-Herald (1901-1914) and its predecessors. I used bound hard copies from the Stanford University libraries some years ago and found it had materials not found elsewhere.
    Also valuable would be full online access to the run of German-language newspaper in Chicago, Abendpost, which has a lot of useful information of historical and genealogical interest not found in the English language papers. Currently I am only aware of microfilm issues at Newberry and the Chicago Public Library. That is a dying technology, so I hope funds can be found to make this paper available on the web.

  2. I’m looking for new articles from 1939 on my great grandfathers murder. He was working in a bar and broke up a fight between his cousin and another man and through his cousin out of the bar. The cousin came back with a gun to shot the man he was fighting with but killed my great grandfather instead. I believe this was in Aurora, IL or at lease the trail was, in fall (October- November 1939). My grandmother remembers sitting in the courtroom and getting Christmas presents from the town. His name is John Arthur Reed. The articles my grandmother had are missing .

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