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The State Journal-Register, the morning daily newspaper for Springfield and central Illinois, is the product of two pioneer Illinois newspapers.

It is the oldest newspaper in Illinois. The Journal began publication in Springfield in 1831 as the Sangamon Journal. The Register was founded in 1836 in Vandalia, and moved to Springfield in 1839, two years after the capital was moved there.

In the early days, the Journal supported the political career of a young country lawyer running for the Illinois legislature. Later, after he became the sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln wrote, "The Journal paper was always my friend. . ." The newspaper still carries that quotation in its masthead.

The Journal became a Copley newspaper in 1928, and the Register was acquired by Copley in 1942. The two, once fiercely competitive rivals, were merged in 1974 to become The State Journal-Register of today. The newspaper was acquired by GateHouse Media Inc. on April 11, 2007.

Since 1973, the newspaper has been engaged in an ongoing building and new equipment program that has made it one of the most modern newspaper plants in downstate Illinois. The plant is well into its third generation of computerized editing, typesetting and color separation systems.

While never losing its fascination with political news coverage, The State Journal-Register in recent years has become the dominant source of all news and feature coverage for readers in eleven central Illinois counties. From its modern offices and printing plant, the newspaper has distinguished itself with award-winning advertising, news coverage, photography and reproduction.


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