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One of the ways we can show our growing strength as a voting bloc is to have many voices appear in the “Letters to the Editor” or “Op-Ed” sections of all the papers in the County. If you have a comment, compliment, or complaint about how things are going in DuPage, Illinois, or the nation, air it!

Letter-to-the-Editor Tips

A letter-to-the-editor can be an effective tool for voicing your opinion. Letters-to-the-editor are one of the most widely read sections of the newspaper. They not only provide an opportunity to state your views but also can influence future coverage. Here are some tips for getting your letter-to-the-editor published:

  • Check the submission guidelines for the publication. This information is typically found in the Opinion section and specifies the length, format and how to submit a letter.
  • Be clear and concise. Keep your letters brief and to your point. Almost all letters that are published are less than 200 words.
  • Use short, punchy sentences. This makes it easier for the reader to follow your thinking and easier for the editor to cut your letter if necessary – and it’s better to have an edited version of your letter printed than nothing at all.

Other Tips:

  • Send letters to weekly community newspapers, too. Smaller papers receive fewer letters, so the chances of your letter running are better.
  • Be sure to include your contact information. Many newspapers will print letters-to-the-editor only after calling authors to verify their identity and address. Newspapers will not give out that information and will usually print only your name and city should your letter be published.

Op-Ed Tips

Op-Eds (short for “opposite the editorial page”) are similar to letters-to-the-editor but they are typically longer and are often written by a person who is an expert on a particular subject, or is known for having a strong opinion or interesting perspective. To get your Op-Ed published:

  • Tailor your submission. Media outlets often require exclusives and won’t publish Op-Eds that have been submitted to or appeared in other outlets. Use your own background or experience to make the op-ed your own.
  • Review samples and guidelines. Read Op-Eds in the publication you’re submitting to get an idea of style, format and length. You may note that Op-Eds often relate people stories. You’ll also see that most pieces present a strong opinion. Also visit the publication’s website to for the preferred word count and submission instructions.
  • Don’t delay. While letters to the editor are usually printed quickly, an Op-Ed may take longer so you won’t want to miss the window of time when it’s relevant.
  • If you can share a personal experience or relate a personal story, the opinion piece will be even stronger.

Where to Submit Letters-to-the-Editor and Op-Eds

Chicago Tribune

Letter to the editor guidelines:

Op-ed guidelines:

Chicago Tribune Suburban Editions

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Chicago Sun-Times

Letter to the editor guidelines:

Op-ed guidelines:

  • 600 word limit
  • Must include name, address, and phone number
  • Submit via email to Tom McNamee, Editorial Page Editor, tmcnamee@suntimes.com

Daily Herald

Letter to the editor guidelines:

  • 300 word limit
  • Must include name, town, and phone number
  • Can attach photo of yourself (at least 300 dpi)
  • Submit here

Op-ed guidelines:

Journal & Topics Newspapers

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Kane County Chronicle

Letter to the editor guidelines:

  • 400 word limit
  • Must include name, address, and phone number
  • Submit here

Northwest Herald

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My Suburban Life

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Positively Naperville

*Note: Will run opinion pieces for select amount of time leading up to an election ONLY, check website for more details and deadlines

Op-ed guidelines:

  • 300 word limit
  • Must include name, address, phone number, and note referencing preferred candidate/issue
  • Can attach photo of yourself
  • Submit to Stephanie Penick, Editor at stephanie@positivelynaperville.com

Lombardian/Villa Park Review

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The Hinsdalean

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The State-Journal Register

Letter to the editor guidelines:

  • 250 word limit
  • Must include name, address, and phone number
  • Submit via email to letters@sj-r.com

Op-ed guidelines:

  • 550 word limit
  • Must include photo of yourself (.jpeg preferred)

News-Gazette

Letter to the editor guidelines:

  • 250 word limit
  • Must include name, address, and phone number
  • Submit here or via email to letters@news-gazette.com

Please feel free to contact us at info@dupagedemocrats.com to add to this list. Of course, comments and editorials are always welcome on our blog and on our Facebook community page so please connect to those as well with the links on this page. The more we chime into the conversation in DuPage the more our voices will be heard.