The newspaper was founded in 1862. In 1960, longtime owner and publisher Gilbert Giese sold it to the owner of the Holyoke Transcript-Telegram. In 1964, the newspaper was purchased by Decatur, Illinois-based Lindsay-Schaub Newspapers. It was acquired by the Hearst Corporation in 1979.
|Publisher||Denise Vonder Haar|
|Headquarters||117 North Second Street Edwardsville, IL 62025|