The Northwest Herald is a daily tabloid newspaper published in Crystal Lake, Illinois. The paper has a circulation of about 21,500[1] and serves the northwest suburbs of Chicago, including all of McHenry County and northern Kane County. Its main competition is the Daily Herald.

Northwest Herald
Northwest Herald Logo.jpg
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Shaw Media
PublisherJohn Rung
EditorJon Styf
Headquarters7717 S. Route 31
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
United States
Circulation32,934 Daily
34,961 Sunday

The Northwest Herald is the flagship title of Shaw Media, whose corporate headquarters are shared with the paper's offices. Shaw Media's suburban group includes the Kane County Chronicle, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, Lake County Journal, Great Lakes Bulletin,, and


Shaw Newspapers first entered McHenry County in 1948, when it bought the Woodstock Sentinel. It bought several more McHenry County outlets over the nest three decades.

In 1983, Shaw Newspapers acquired the Cardunal Free Press, making it the owner of every newspaper based in McHenry County. At the time, these titles were mostly weeklies and small dailies, some with more than 150 years of service t to their communities. In 1985, Shaw merged the McHenry County papers into the Northwest Herald, a daily and Saturday newspaper serving all of McHenry County.

On March 12, 1989, the Northwest Herald added a Sunday edition and became McHenry County's first hometown, seven-day newspaper. It had a daily circulation of 29,688 and its new Sunday edition had 29,337 subscribers, now down to 21,500.

The paper was redesigned for the first time in 1992, with stock quotes added to the Business section and more space and sources for wire stories in the Front section. A Friday entertainment section in tabloid form named Sidetracks was added, as was a Saturday Neighbors section devoted entirely to readers' submissions.

Beginning in 1992, four different Northwest Herald front pages were printed each weekday. The practice, called zoning, ensured that readers would have the most local news product available to them on the front page of their paper. Zoning of the newspaper eventually would be expanded to seven editions in 2002, but was discontinued in February 2004.

After five years as a seven-day paper, the Northwest Herald won its first award for excellence from the Illinois Press Association in 1994. It has won IPA's Sweepstakes award, the Mabel Shaw Trophy (named after one of the founders of Shaw Media), six of the past eight years.

A 2012 rebranding of the features sections involved a partnership with[2] The new sections include Plan!t Style, a Sunday tabloid section; Plan!t Screen, a Friday broadsheet section with movie, TV and video-game reviews; and Plan!t Pl@y, a Thursday tabloid section with entertainment news and information on local events.


  1. ^ USPPI (PDF) Retrieved 1 December 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Note to readers: Entertainment section, PlanitNorthwest join forces". Retrieved 12 November 2012.

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