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 /ADVANCE/ CHICAGO, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicago Online, in a joint venture with Crain's Chicago Business and its sister publication, Crain's Small Business, will provide electronic editions of those two publications in spring 1994.
 Personal computer users who subscribe to Chicago Online will have access to all major stories that appear in the regular weekly edition of Crain's Chicago Business, which will be available to PC users on the Sunday afternoon prior to publication date. In addition, subscribers will be able to communicate electronically with Crain staffers and send news tips and letters to the editor, via computer, to the Crain's newsroom. Many of the same features will be available to readers of the on-line edition of Crain's Small Business, which will be published 10 times in 1994.
 "Crain's Chicago Business represents a leading source of business news and information. This agreement reinforces Chicago Online's commitment to bring the best local content to Chicago Online and America Online," said Gene Quinn, general manager of Chicago Online.
 "This affiliation with Chicago Online allows Crain's to ride the next wave of the publishing industry -- electronic delivery of information. It also has an added benefit, which is the ability of our readers to interact with our editors and one another," said Gloria Scoby, publisher of Crain's Chicago Business and Crain's Small Business.
 Crain's also will be listing classified ads on-line as well as selling electronic advertising for the on-line edition. Additional editorial material, specifically designed for on-line users, will be added at a later date.
 Chicago Online debuted in May 1992 and is a local edition of America Online, which has 500,000 subscribers nationwide and is the fastest growing consumer on-line service in the United States. The two Crain publications will be accessible by all Chicago Online and America Online subscribers.
 Chicago Online was jointly developed by America Online and Tribune Company (NYSE: TRB). This strategic alliance links the national electronic information and communication services of America Online with Tribune Company's locally oriented newspaper, broadcast and entertainment businesses.
 Anyone interested in sampling Chicago Online and America Online can call 1-800-922-0808. The first month's fee of $9.95 is waived, and 10 hours of access time is provided free. After the first month, the membership price is $9.95 a month, which includes five hours of on-line time. After the first five hours, additional on-line time is $3.50 an hour.
 America Online Inc., Vienna, Va., is a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ Exchange in which Tribune is a minority investor. Tribune is a leading information and entertainment company that publishes six daily newspapers, operates seven television and six radio stations, produces and syndicates information and programming, publishes books and information in print and digital formats, and has an ownership interest in one of Canada's largest newsprint manufacturers. In November, 1993, Tribune announced its intention to acquire an eighth television station, WLVI (Ch. 56) in Boston.
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 /CONTACT: Larry Druth of Chicago Online, 312-222-3186, Fax: 312-222-3948; or Gloria Scoby of Crain's Chicago Business, 312-649-5306, Fax: 312-280-3125; or Robert D. Carr of Tribune Company, 312-222-3763, Fax: 312-222-1573/

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