Styf: We cover the news, look for golden shovels elsewhere

Jon Styf

If you're coming to us looking for golden shovels and smiles, you've come to the wrong place.

Our job is to cover the news.

Over the past few weeks, we have had a few questions related to covering grand openings and groundbreakings on projects.

And they were big ones in Hope Manor, the Nowell Park Rec Center and Joliet Junior College's Events Center.

We've covered all three, a lot.

Reporter Bob Okon was there when tenants began moving in to Hope Manor, he previewed that Nowell Park groundbreaking with all the details and Felix Sarver has covered all the new JJC Events Center will offer.

The decision-making process, the costs and the construction progress are all important. So is informing people when they can see it and take a look for themselves.

But the cake, speeches and shovels for ceremonial groundbreakings and grand openings aren't that newsworthy. They are good for the people involved to get together and celebrate their accomplishment, but covering them isn't something our readers have shown a lot of interest in.

So we don't do a lot of that.

There are exceptions for sure, like when we get access inside the Department of Corrections' Joliet Treatment Center, or when Amazon invited us into their Romeoville facility before it was open to allow us to give the public a look inside.

Those are great and we always appreciate the access, which allows us to show the public at large what a facility has to offer.

There's a lot of interesting news happening in Joliet. Some good, some bad.

We cover both.

We run programs like Everyday Heroes and cover Athena Award winners, tall ships that somewhat unexpectedly show up in Joliet and when Joliet sent supplies for hurricane relief.

We cover a ton of local sports, award winners and we allow readers to honor a weekly football performer of the week and select our own all-sports Athlete of the Week, sponsored by D'Arcy Motors.

We cover local government. We cover business news, transportation and features like Arts and Entertainment, Pets, People, Food and Faith.

We use a ton of reader-submitted content for those feature pages, so keep it coming and we'll keep publishing it.

We offer our opinion on local matters through editorials and columns from myself and our News editor Joe Hosey and former editor Bill Wimbiscus. And we share the opinions of others through Guest Views and Letters.

And we cover crime, homicide, death and felony charges.

The list could go on and on.

And, each day we have decisions to make.

Agree with them or don't agree with them.

We welcome the feedback, criticism and appreciation, whatever you might have.

As always, feel free to pass them along to me at or 815-280-4119.

In the meantime, we'll be out in the community, covering the news.

The Herald-News Editor Jon Styf can be reached at, on Twitter @JonStyf or at 815-280-4119. Styf also is editor of the Morris Herald-News and Herald Life.