Naperville Sun business editor Larry Avila is leaving the Illinois paper for a similar job at the Appleton Post-Crescent in Wisconsin, he wrote in Thursday’s newspaper. Avila’s last day in Naperville is Friday.
Avila writes, “Professionally, some of my brightest achievements happened right here in Naperville. It was a privilege to be part of a media panel that moderated a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate that was televised live not only across the region but in many other parts of Illinois. Additionally, the business section under my watch won back-to-back national awards for outstanding local business news coverage from Suburban Newspapers of America.
“Of course, there will be things I will miss about living in the third-largest metropolitan area in the country: access to major airports, downtown Naperville, the Cubs and Wrigley Field, deep-dish pizza from Giordano’s, the vast network of professional sources and â€“ last but not least â€“ the friends I have made throughout the area. On the flip side, though, I won’t miss paying an arm and a leg for parking in downtown Chicago, congested roads and the high cost of living.”
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