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McElroy joins Daily Journal staff

March 17, 2019

Laura McElroy, 42, of Kankakee, has been hired as a reporter at the Daily Journal.

She began working in her position March 4. McElroy most recently worked as managing editor of The Herald/Country Market newspaper in Bourbonnais, which closed in late January.

“I was born and raised in Kankakee and never left the area. There are so many people, places, businesses and events that make Kankakee County an amazing place to live and work. I look forward to continuing to strengthen community partnerships I have already built while making new ones.”

She added, “When The Herald closed, I was unsure what my next steps would be. After meeting with Small Newspaper Group President Len Small, Small Newspaper Group Vice President of Finance Sally Hendron, Editor-at-Large Mike Frey and reporter Lee Provost, I knew this was the right place for me to be.”

McElroy is a 1994 graduate of Bishop McNamara Catholic School and earned her associate degree at Kankakee Community College and bachelor’s degree at Governors State University.

Her love of reading and writing began at an early age, staying up late to read “just one more chapter” and writing with encouragement from her mother, Sue Bennett, a former high school English teacher, and her own high school teacher, Jim Doyle, who now is deceased.

McElroy was recognized as a Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce Top 40 Under Forty in its inaugural year and as a KCC Fabulous 50 Alumni in 2017.

In her spare time she enjoys exercising at Le Body Shop in Bradley, hiking and the outdoors, and cruising in her 1946 Ford Truck that once belonged to her father, Jerry Bennett, who has passed away.

She and her husband of 18 years, Josh McElroy, a self-employed handyman, have a 1-year-old daughter, Story.