Chicago gay entertainment glossy Gay Chicago Magazine has expanded its coverage to include local LGBT news coverage as the future of gay weekly the Chicago Free Press becomes increasingly uncertain.

David Costanzo, whose Rainbow Media acquired the Chicago Free Press in 2002, dismissed the December 21 walkout of senior staff members. Editor-in-Chief Matt Simonette was joined by Art Director Vincent Lane, Graphic Designer Mike Corona, Senior Writer Amy Wooten and a number of freelance contributors in walking out of the paper over non-payment. is reporting that Costanzo has yet to fill the paper's vacancies and its website has not been updated since December 17.

Several former Press staffers have fled into the arms of its rival, Gay Chicago Magazine, which has expanded into news coverage.

“Last week Gary had two local LGBT news stories,” Gay Chicago Magazine owner Craig Gernhardt told referring to former Press News Editor Gary Barlow. “This week, Amy [Wooten] has two. Chicago Free Press didn't have one.”

Gernhardt also said Matt Simonette has agreed to join his publication.

Earlier in the year, the mini gay publishing empire of Window Media cratered under the weight of its financial obligations, ending press runs for LGBT papers from Florida to Washington, including the iconic Washington Blade.

The next issue of Chicago Free Press is scheduled to hit newstands on Thursday.