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Name Description Use At Home?

Chicago Area News

IllinoisNewspapers

Find information on topics related to business, education, government, health, politics and more from a variety of news media including newspapers, blogs, videos and web-only content including: the Beacon News (1997-Current, full color 2018-Current), Chicago Sun-Times (1986-Current, full color 2018-Current), Courier-News (1997-Current), Daily Herald (1995-Current, full color 2021-Current), the Kane County Chronicle (2004-Current), and the St. Charles Republican (2009-2014).

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

Coverage of the full-text paper from 1986 to current, and full-color images from 2018 to current

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Chicago Tribune Historical Edition

Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue in 1849 to 1994. This collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.

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Daily Herald

Daily Herald

Full-text coverage from 1995 to Current. Full-color images from 2021 to Current.

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Kane County Chronicle

Kane County Chronicle

Now full-color images starting in February 2022! Full-text coverage beginning in July 2004 to Current. 

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Local Historical Newspapers

Searchable database of local digital microfilm 1842-1993

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Sanborn Maps - Illinois Collection

Sanborn Maps

Founded in 1867 by D. A. Sanborn, the Sanborn Map Company was the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years. The maps provide a wealth of information, such as building outline, size and shape. Come explore Illinois's rich and diverse building history.

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