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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

The Chi-Town Daily News was a nonprofit local news site in Chicago that folded in 2009 and reorganized as the for-profit .

The Daily News was by former Chicago Tribune reporter Geoff Dougherty and had a staff of eight at its peak. The site was funded by a combination of membership fees and grants, from the Knight Foundation.

After on an intended budget of $1 million to $2 million, the site in September 2009, announcing a switch from a nonprofit to a for-profit model. The organization was reborn in November 2009 as the .

The for-profit Current is but charges for home delivery of its print edition. The Current’s revenue comes from print and online advertising, and it has three full-time staff members. Dougherty hopes to break even on it by late 2010.

The Daily News was a , though it was . The Current local politics.

In 2007, the Daily News to , as well as city-wide issues. The money for the effort came from the Knight Foundation.

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