Chicago Papers Fly From Racks After Obama Victory

By: Mark Fitzgerald

Readers seeking a piece of history snapped up copies of the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times at a record pace Wednesday.

The Sun-Times said it increased its press run by 50% — and still sold out, according to newsstands across the city.

“It’s a great newspaper day,” Sun-Times spokesperson Tammy Chase said.

The tabloid printed more copies at mid-day, and planned to print and sell more Wednesday evening. Chase said she did not have exact numbrers of the press run yet — but that the city’s enthusiasm was evident.

“Apparently people are lined up at our Ashland (Avenue) plant to get copies,” Chase said in the early afternoon. She added she’s “never seen our Sun-Times Store busier.”

The Tribune printed 200,000 extra copies to meet the anticipated demand, spokesperson Michael Dizon said.

?We printed 200,000 more copies of today?s edition to meet the incredible demand for the paper,? he said.

The Tribune also printed more copies of the free-distribution commuter daily RedEye, though Dizon did not immediately know how much the press run was bumped up.

?It?s a good problem for us to have,? he said.

At mid-morning, all stores and newsracks within several blocks of this reporter’s home on Chicago’s Far Northwest Side were empty of copies of the Sun-Times, Tribune, or RedEye.

“They were all gone by 8 (a.m.),” a checkout person at a Walgreen’s store said of the newspapers.

On its Web site, the Tribune was offering reprints of front pages of the Trib and RedEye at prices ranging from $29.99 to $49.99 unframed, and $119.99 to $159.99 framed.

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