Ebert tries to help Daily Illini pay its bills

Credit: Chicago magazine

Roger Ebert has teamed up with the Daily Illini — the University of Illinois paper that he edited as a student — to raise money for Illini Media Company, the paper’s parent company. It owes $250,000 in back printing payments to Champaign News-Gazette and is overdue on mortgage payments. Ebert writes in his appeal:

After 140 years, it is possible The Daily Illini could cease publication. This would break the hearts of many of us. Several factors have contributed to Illini Media’s plight, including many of the challenges facing media across the country. …

For over 100 years, Illini Media has been providing outstanding professional development for aspiring media professionals. Each year, the majority of their approximately 300 students are placed in jobs at many of the top media companies and related businesses throughout the nation. Many, including myself, would say that they owe their careers at least in part to their experience at Illini Media. It’s now time to give back.

* Ebert joins effort to save University of Illinois student paper
* Illini Media Company asks students, alumni for help