Ill. village says no thanks to Spanish-English newspaper

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Poynter’s Jim Romenesko reports that Carpentersville, Ill., officials have asked the publisher of a bilingual newspaper, El Conquistador, to stop delivering to village hall.

An assistant to the village manager first said the request was based on an ordinance declaring English as the official village language. But in a telephone interview with Romenesko, the village manager offered a different rationale: “He said that El Conquistador was banned because it’s ‘a bad paper,’ and not because it’s a Spanish publication,” Romenesko wrote.

El Conquistador is published by the Northwest Herald, whose executive editor first wrote about the matter on June 19.