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: Key lesson with ‘Making a Murderer’: Think critically

Jan 20 2016 | 4:49 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Wherever the intersection of public interest and criminal justice attracts widespread attention, the danger remains the same. So does the remedy: Think critically. Explore varied sources.

Slusher: For 2016, some other ways to see how news works

Dec 30 2015 | 6:44 pm - As we prepare to cross the threshold of another year, I want to take a slightly different tack from my usual focus on the Daily Herald’s decision making and the workings of journalists and encourage you to look to some other sources in 2016...

Slusher: Vernon Hills High School’s event certainly stirred discussion

Dec 17 2015 | 10:10 am - Who knew a headscarf could attract so much attention?

Slusher: Trying to do our job when pols don’t do theirs

Dec 02 2015 | 5:17 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: The budget quagmire is unquestionably the most important issue in state government. A meeting finally takes place that people have been urging for months. But what to do when nothing is likely to happen and when, in fact,...

Let’s remember some of the good stories today

Nov 25 2015 | 4:12 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: With apologies to Paul Harvey: You know what the bad news is; today let’s celebrate the rest of the story of who we are.

Slusher: For Gliniewicz or any story, details can take time

Nov 12 2015 | 9:12 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: If you’re trying to assess news stories involving, say, Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, Patrick Kane or even Ben Carson or Hillary Clinton, it helps to keep in mind the famous parable of six blind Indians trying to describe...

Slusher: Spring primaries will be critical; don’t miss them

Oct 28 2015 | 4:12 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: On many levels, the spring primary — in which we will nominate county board members and county officers, states attorneys, state representatives, state senators, judges and congressmen, as well as presidential...

Covering championship euphoria to the utmost

Oct 14 2015 | 9:10 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Keeping in mind that this Cubs team has already significantly overachieved based on the expectations last spring, you can feel that euphoria starting to build even now. Whatever your personal affections, it's an impressive...

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

Oct 07 2015 | 11:42 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: Costs of the Fox Lake probe and government’s balance sheet

Oct 08 2015 | 6:47 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.

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