Jim Slusher

Assistant Managing Editor/Opinion Page
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As Assistant Managing Editor for Opinion, a position he assumed in 2010, Jim Slusher oversees editorial writing, selection of syndicated columns and cartoons and letters to the editor for the Daily Herald Opinion Page. Working with an editorial board made up of top editors in the Daily Herald newsroom, he helps shape the newspaper's voice on subjects of interest to suburban readers, while seeking to present an engaging mix of opinions on broad social and political topics along with a forum for local residents to present their views on whatever topics they consider important.

Previously, Slusher had worked since 2003 helping supervise the most advanced reporting staff at the Daily Herald, developing investigative projects, cultural issues stories, coverage of major breaking news and enterprise stories on virtually all topics. Prior to assuming these duties, he produced and supervised programs promoting an atmosphere of learning at all levels in the Daily Herald's newsroom. His efforts ranged from regular critiques and one-on-one editing to a slate of specifically targeted workshops scheduled throughout the year. He has led workshops on journalism and newsroom leadership for various regional and national organizations, including the Inland Press Association, the American Newspaper Publishers Association and the American Copy Editors Society, and he teaches a community education course in autobiographical writing at William Rainey Harper Community College.

When Slusher joined the Daily Herald as news editor in charge of the copy desk in 1989, it was a homecoming of sorts to his professional roots in Illinois. He and his wife Patty left San Diego, where he had worked three years as managing editor of an award-winning suburban daily, to return to the Midwest and start a family that would eventually include three boys, two of whom now have graduated from Prospect High School with the third soon to follow.

A graduate of Western Illinois University, Slusher taught high school English and journalism in western Illinois before taking a job as news director of a small Iowa radio station, followed by three years as a reporter and editor in Sterling, Ill., and seven years as a copy editor, reporter and assigning editor in Saginaw, Mich.

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Slusher: Costs of the Fox Lake probe and government’s balance sheet

Oct 07 2015 | 12:42 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Two very different stories this week have me thinking about the cost of government and what people should know about it.

Slusher: Costs of the Fox Lake probe and government’s balance sheet

Oct 08 2015 | 7:47 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: Two very different stories this week have me thinking about the cost of government and what people should know about it.

Slusher: People will talk, but be careful about judgments

Sep 23 2015 | 10:42 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Developments in our reporting on the Gliniewicz case this week help reinforce the case for measured forbearance, at least for the time being.

Slusher: Information vacuum is sometimes unavoidable, always uncomfortable

Sep 09 2015 | 11:00 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Information voids disrupt a rhythm of in the news cycle that can make us uncomfortable, but is unavoidable.

Slusher: Remember reliability, not just immediacy of breaking news

Sep 03 2015 | 9:48 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: The callousness is vexing enough, but the damage all this does to the reliability of information adds to the unease with which readers and listeners should approach all this “news” they’re getting from...

Slusher: Our goal: Not ‘liberal,’ not ‘conservative’ -- just stimulating

Aug 19 2015 | 9:35 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: It is true that we often describe our editorial philosophy as “socially progressive” and “economically conservative,” but within each of those broad labels, there is much room for diversity of...

Slusher: The Emanuel Nine and the shortening of small fantasies

Jul 15 2015 | 4:30 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: It is a sad commentary on our times that a newspaper needs a policy on such things, but the Daily Herald has one regarding the perpetrators, or suspects, in mass killings.

Slusher: Versatility a byword for journalists

Jul 08 2015 | 4:56 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Journalists. They're an interesting lot.

Slusher: New column will provide insight through direct access

Jun 18 2015 | 7:44 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: [No Paragraph Style]NewsFor some time, we’ve wanted to provide this level of engagement in a more routine way from decision-makers in schools and government. This week, with a column by College of Lake County President...

Slusher: Photographers scramble for a timeless moment

Jun 11 2015 | 8:51 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: Dennis Hastert and the Chicago Blackhawks provided contrasting examples of a particular skill for newspaper photographers -- the ability to get timeless images in the midst of chaos.

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