President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” Journalism is such work and has been done by this newspaper for some 144 years. 

The Pekin Daily Times was founded in 1873 as a weekly newspaper. It transitioned to a daily newspaper in 1881 due to the public demand for more editions of the Daily Times. Our subscriber base was rapidly growing and the desire for more frequent copies was growing each year.

Fast forward 136 years to 2017, and the demand in Pekin for news, sports and entertainment continues to grow. The change we now see is in how the public and our subscribers consume our content. The Internet has grown to be the largest conduit through which the general public receives news. And Pekin is no exception.

Pekintimes.com is one of the busiest websites in Pekin due to our award winning story-telling and reporting. Thousands of people use their smartphones, tablets and computers to follow us through social media channels and get their news as it happens. As we move forward, these digital platforms become more important in reaching and informing readers, not only through stories, but also videos, data and photo galleries.

As readers transition to digital, so does The Pekin Daily Times. That’s where we’re focusing our resources.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 28, we will move our Monday news to 100 percent online – web, mobile, social media, etc. We will no longer publish a Monday edition of the Pekin Daily Times. This does not mean that our subscribers and readers will get less local news. On the contrary, we are committed to producing more engaging content and providing a fast delivery system to our readers by covering events and local breaking news on our digital platforms. Our journalists will continue to provide best-in-class stories and reports through our website, mobile website and social media pages seven days a week. Our print publications will now be available Tuesday through Saturday.

The Pekin Daily Times staff members are committed to local journalism in Pekin, and this commitment will not falter. We consider what we do at the Daily Times, as Teddy Roosevelt said, to be work worth doing. Our job is to represent the Pekin community with factual news, engaging opinions, local sports coverage, up-to-date event coverage and the best means for advertising local businesses. We will continue to provide these with pride.