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The Daily Register

The Daily Register
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Paddock Publications
EditorJohn Homan
Headquarters617 E Church Street, Harrisburg, Illinois 62946, United States

The Daily Register and The Eldorado Daily Journal are sister daily newspapers published in Harrisburg, Illinois, United States. They are owned by Paddock Publications, and managed locally by Southern Illinois Media Group (SILMG). Both papers cover sections of Saline County, Illinois, including Carrier Mills, Eldorado, Harrisburg and Stonefort. They share an office and staff based in Harrisburg.


The Daily Register office, 2007

The Register was founded in 1915. In 1922, Roy L. Seright and his wife, Daisy, of Louisville, Kentucky purchased the paper, after being persuaded by local businessmen. After Roy died in 1931, Daisy took over as publisher, but left the day-to-day operations to a man named Curtis Small. Small was general manager until his death in 1980. At that time, Curtis’ son, Roy, assumed his duties with the newspaper. In May 1987, Daisy's grandson, Roy M. Seright, replaced her as chairman and publisher.[1]

According to the Library of Congress, beginning in the 1800s (exact year unknown) Eldorado had a newspaper named the Saline County Republican, published by an A.I. Mallory. This paper ceased publication in 1918.[2] The Eldorado Journal began as a weekly publication in 1911, with a publisher named Col.Lindolph Oscar “L.O.” Trigg. According to Trigg's granddaughter, he founded the newspaper on a gamble, thinking the county seat would be located in Eldorado.[3] The name was revised in 1921 to Eldorado Daily Journal,[4] and publication moved to weekly.[5] Trigg's son, Kenneth Robert “K.R.” Trigg, ran the newspaper until 1976, when he sold it to the American Publishing Company. Until the late 1980s it was located on Locust Street in Eldorado. It is now published at the Harrisburg Daily Register office, and circulated to Eldorado residents.

In 1987, the papers were acquired by Hollinger.[6] GateHouse Media purchased roughly 160 daily and weekly newspapers from Hollinger in 1997, including the Register and Journal.[7] In August 2016, Gatehouse sold the newspapers to Paddock Publications based in Arlington Heights, Illinois.[8]

While the Daily Register was published six days a week for most of its lifetime, it is now published three days a week, by mail subscription.

Further reading

  • Storch, Charles (June 14, 1987). "Bid For Paper Rends Family Ties". Chicago Tribune.
  • SILMG Staff Report (May 9, 2019) “Register/Journal win awards at Illinois Press Association Annual Conference”. Daily Register


  1. ^ Tribune, Charles Storch, Chicago. "BID FOR PAPER RENDS FAMILY TIES". Retrieved 2019-06-22.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Humanities, National Endowment for the. "Saline County Republican". Retrieved 2019-06-22.
  3. ^ DeNeal, Brian (2011-12-30). "Granddaughter remembers L.O. Trigg, newspaper man and explorer of Illinois Ozarks". The Daily Register. Retrieved 2019-06-22.
  4. ^ Humanities, National Endowment for the. "Eldorado daily journal". Retrieved 2019-06-22.
  5. ^ "Kenneth R. Trigg, former editor and publisher of the..." UPI. Retrieved 2019-06-22.
  6. ^ Canadian-Based Company Buys 23 U.S. Daily Newspapers
  7. ^ Hollinger Will Sell Bunch Of Its Papers
  8. ^ Staff (2016-08-02). "GateHouse sells 12 Southern Illinois papers to Paddock Publications". The Daily Register. Retrieved 2019-06-22.

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