300 Lake Street: A story of Elgin and its newspaper


300 Lake St. is the new book by Mike Bailey , an accomplished author, 40-year journalism veteran and former Managing Editor of the Daily Courier News. 300 Lake St. explores the relationship between Elgin and its newspaper, the Daily Courier News, through a period from the early 1970s until the building closed in 2010. It is the story of their once intertwined relationship, exploring events during that crucial period that shaped both, as well as a behind the scenes look at what politicians once called Elgin’s “conscience,” the Daily Courier News. The book also contains several of Mike Bailey’s columns, including the locally famous Lamont.

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“For 85 years, the Daily Courier News was a reflection of Elgin, recording its successes and failures and relating the extraordinary struggles of the ordinary people who lived here. But even in the 1970s and 80s as the winds of change blew all around, both clung desperately to the past. Neither understood that resisting the future couldn’t delay its arrival, only prolong the past. The definition of community was changing. It was no longer a geographical location as much as a group of people who shared common interests.”