Years in print:
The first German newspaper published in Illinois was Der Freiheitsbote fur Illinois, published in Belleville but printed in St. Louis. It appeared in the year 1840 during the Van Buren-Harrison campaign. The publisher was Theodore Engelmann, who in 1844 sold the publication to Bartholomeus Hauck, who suspended publication and moved the printery to Quincy, Illinois.
(From the History of St. Clair County, Illinois by Brink, McDonough & Co. 1881).
For three months was Der Freiheitsbote fur Illinois und Missouri.