The Springfield, Ill., alt-weekly last week debuted a new-look paper with larger pages and stich-and-trim binding. Times publisher Sharon Whalen says Topaz Design consulted on the project, but the Times design staff had a major hand in the redesign as well.

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After serving as associate publisher of the Springfield, Ill., newsweekly for the past 18 months, during which time she oversaw the paper's Web site debut and redesign, Whalen replaces Fletcher Farrar as the Times' publisher. She also becomes part owner of the paper along with Farrar and his wife, Mary Jessup. Farrar, president of the weekly's parent company, Central Illinois Communications, says Whalen "not only understands how to serve advertisers and keep the business side running, she also has a passion for the news and editorial side of our business."

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