The Pantagraph

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The Pantagraph
Logo of the Pantagraph newspaper
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Lee Enterprises
Founder(s)Jesse W. Fell
EditorAllison Petty
General managerBarry Winterland
FoundedJanuary 14, 1837; 186 years ago (1837-01-14)
CountryUnited States
Circulation30,364 Daily
34,515 Sunday
6,556,189 Page views (as of 30 September 2014)[1]
Sister newspapersHerald & Review[2]
OCLC number16418931
Logo in 2015

The Pantagraph is a daily newspaper that serves Bloomington–Normal, Illinois, along with 60 communities and eight counties in the Central Illinois area. Its headquarters are in Bloomington and it is owned by Lee Enterprises. The name is derived from the Greek words "panta" and "grapho," which has a combined meaning of "write all things."[3]


Bloomington businessman Jesse W. Fell founded the newspaper on January 14, 1837, making it the oldest-running business in McLean County,[4][failed verification] though the business lapsed during 1839-1845.[5] W. O. Davis and his heirs owned the Pantagraph for many years until selling the paper to Chronicle Publishing Company in 1980.[6] The paper was purchased by Pulitzer from Chronicle Publishing Company in 1999; Lee Enterprises bought Pulitzer in 2005.[7]

The paper was originally called The Bloomington Observer and McLean County Advocate.[4] Through the years, the newspaper went through several name changes, such as The Whig, The Intelligencer, The Daily Pantagraph, The Pantagraph in 1985, just Pantagraph in 2006, changing back to The Pantagraph in 2008.[5][8]


The Pantagraph was a news partner of WEEK-TV, which is situated in East Peoria, Illinois.[9]

The paper is one of the largest newspapers in terms of circulation in the area. The Pantagraph was the only morning newspaper in east central Illinois until The News-Gazette in nearby Champaign switched to a morning publication in June 2009.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Lee Enterprises Daily Newspapers". Lee Enterprises. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  2. ^ Sawyer, Gary (25 August 2013). "Sawyer: Pantagraph staying put, leasing out part of building". The Pantagraph. The Pantagraph. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  3. ^ Retrieved November 29, 2007. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ a b "About The Bloomington observer and McLean County advocate. (Bloomington, Ill.) 1837-1838". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  5. ^ a b Archived from the original on 2012-02-12. Retrieved November 29, 2007. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Littlewood, Tom (June 1980). "Pantagraph ownership passes to California firm". Illinois Issues. Springfield, Illinois: Sangamon State University.
  7. ^ "Garden Island owner buyseight Mainland newspapers". Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  8. ^ Retrieved November 29, 2007. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Retrieved November 29, 2007. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

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