(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- After 35 years, the Windy City Times — covering the LGBTQ community in Chicago — is ending its print edition.
Volume 1, number 1 came out in September 1985, recalls co-found and -owner Tracy Baim.
“When we started, there were fewer than a couple hundred cases of HIV/AIDS diagnosed in Chicago,” Baim said. “And now there’s tens of thousands, and the people that I covered during that ‘80s period still are close to my heart, and I can picture their faces and their anger at protests, today.”
Baim said the publication couldn’t keep getting in debt. So, it is going on-line only, starting in October. And that will mean editorial staff furloughs and delivery driver layoffs.
“Our average delivery driver and staff member has been with us over 20 years, and it’s a very small staff, and the loyalty is incredible. And I’m so sad for that.”
Five times more people go to the website than read the print issue, Baim said.
The last print edition is Sept. 30.