The fortnightly Evanston RoundTable newspaper announced in its edition published today that it plans to cease publication as a print newspaper with its next edition, scheduled for Nov. 14.

The paper, launched 21 years ago, says it plans to upgrade its website, with a new online version of the publication to be launched “within the next four to six weeks.”

The RoundTable cited declining advertising revenue, the bane of numerous print publications across the country, as the reason for shuttering its print edition.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Thank heavens!! This ungodly

    Thank heavens!! This ungodly paper has been littering the yards of Evanston residents for so many years. There was no way to opt out of having the company constantly throwing their trash on our lawns…and apparently our fair city had no interest in preventing this enormous blight and waste. It may have been a good local resource for some, but it was simply yard litter for the majority of us. Good riddance.

    1. Ignorance is bliss

      Evanston government officials, including D65 & D202 school boards and administrations, Evanston City Council and Administration, and our State Representatives & State Senators along with some Cook County officials are held accountable by the RoundTable and other members of the media.

      However, that does require and assume that Evanston residents are educated and engaged.

    2. Couldn’t agree more. I would

      Couldn’t agree more. I would have given them a chance and even support (as I do with Evanston Now) if they weren’t so obnoxiously littering yards everywhere without consent.

  2. We also proudly subscribe to

    We also proudly subscribe to Evanston Now.  I am not sure how many do and do not need to know.

    While some people viewed the Roundtable as trash on their lawn, it was an opportunity to read generally unbiased reporting and an opportunity to engage in our community.

    An ignorant society is a society ripe to unknowlingly give up its freedoms.  If no one cares about how our local public institutions are run, the government will run us over.

    Thank goodness for Evanston Now and the Roundtable!

    1. Agree!

      I wholeheartedly agree – just as I happily pay for Evanston Now every month, I’d do the same with the Round Table if they asked. Just as I do with the Sun Times, the Tribune, etc. 

      Robust local news reporting is one of the cornerstones of our democracy – so as always, Bill, thanks for doing what you do. Hope this is not the beginning of the end for the Round Table, but rather the beginning of a new chapter. 

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