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Chicago Free Press Folds

Paper was one of two focused on Chicago's gay community



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    The Chicago Free Press -- one of Chicago's two publications focused on the city's gay community, has ceased operations, staff members said Monday.

    The newspaper's publisher, David Costanzo, has stopped funding the paper due to health problems, said managing editor Kerrie Kennedy in a statement.

    Kennedy said the April 29 issue was not published "and it is not expected that any additional issues will be published."

    The CFP's main local competitor, the Windy City Times, lamented at the news.

    "This is not a day to celebrate. All media, gay and mainstream, are facing new and difficult paths to survival. So it is never a good thing when a media outlet closes," said Windy City Times publisher and managing editor Tracy Baim.  "We at Windy City Times will continue to strive to cover all parts of our community through every tool at our disposal, from traditional newsprint to iPhones, the Internet, video and podcasting.”

    The Chicago Free Press was launched 11 years ago.