UPDATED with corrections, Jan. 6, 11:30 am EST

The Chicago Sun-Times News Group — which includes the flagship Sun-Times and 70 Chicago suburban newspapers — joined Monster’s newspaper network on Monday, jumping off of CareerSite and out of ChicagoJobs.com. The move makes ChicagoJobs.com — run by Shaker Recruitment & Advertising Communications — almost an Internet pure-play.

Also Monday, Jim Dyer — formerly of Digital Media Communications and AutoTrader.com — was appointed VP of classified advertising for the group, effective today.

The Sun-Times papers are all on Adicio’s careers platform. Adicio provides the recruitment technology for U.S. newspapers in the Monster alliance, now numbering more than 250 papers and about 100 TV stations.

“The strategic alliance between the Sun-Times News Group and Monster creates a vast opportunity to provide local Chicagoan job-seekers and employers with powerful recruitment solutions that will enable the best matches,” said Lauren Chacón, VP and GM of media alliances, Monster. “This alliance underscores Monster’s commitment to forging new and localized avenues to further connect job-seekers and employers, and we look forward to working with the Sun-Times News Group. By providing consumers with another point of access to Monster’s job search and career tools, we are furthering our position as the leading global recruitment and career improvement resource.”

“This partnership combines the most local jobs in the Chicago area with the dominant national career site,” said Barbara Swanson, group VP of advertising and marketing. She said the alliance “will make it easier for Chicago area and Northwest Indiana job-seekers to find the best positions out there and our advertisers will benefit from the greater number of job-seekers who will see and respond to their job ads.”

In announcing Dyer’s appointment, Swanson said, “Jim knows the classified newspaper and online advertising market inside and out. He is the ideal person to help leverage the strength of the Sun-Times News Group and navigate this challenging market, and help our advertisers better benefit from the Sun-Times News Group footprint in the Chicago area and Northwest Indiana.”

Dyer will lead the classified advertising sales strategy for the Sun-Times News Group Classified Advertising Department, which includes automotive, homebuilder and recruitment advertising and the company’s newly forming customer-contact center.

Late last month, Shaker acquired the assets of CareerSite, the last vestige of PowerOne Media, which spun apart in 2006. Papers in Shaker’s job networks were CareerSite’s only clients. CareerSite lost many of its affiliates to alliances with either Monster or Yahoo HotJobs. Besides ChicagoJobs.com, Shaker manages other regional sites, including AtlantaJobs.com, BostonJobs.com, CTJobs.com, DriverJobs.com, FloridianJobs.com, IllinoisCareers.com, Jobfetch.com, RIjobs.com and SanAntonioJobs.com.

The Sun-Times News Group fed ads to ChicagoJobs.com until Sunday. They’ll remain up there for their 30-day run, Joe Shaker Jr., VP of Shaker Recruitment Consultants told us late Monday night.

When the ChicagoJobs network was formed in 2004, it included the Sun-Times Group, Star Newspapers, Pioneer Press, Shaw Newspapers and Liberty Newspapers. Star and Pioneer are now part of the Sun-Times Group. Shaw and Liberty haves since joined the HotJobs network. Of the 11 newspapers listed as affiliates, 10 are Sun-Times properties. The only remaining paper on ChicagoJobs.com is the Chicago Reader, an alternative paper part of Creative Loafing Media. Shaker acknowledged that the Reader is “still part of ChicagoJobs.com.”

How will ChicagoJobs.com retrench following STNG’s move to Monster? Perhaps it won’t have to. We counted 265 new job listings on Monday. Of those, 197 were “published by ChicagoJobs.com” — posted there directly by recruiters. We take it the Shaker firm is in it for the long haul, as evidenced by its acquisition of CareerSite:  “We are very excited about the opportunities this provides,” Shaker said in announcing the acquisition. “Our plan is to take CareerSite’s proven technological platform and grow it to assist publishers across the country. … At a time when most companies are cutting back, we are looking for new ways to advance our industry and family tradition.”

“We at Shaker wish our friends at the Chicago Sun Times Network well with their Monster partnership,” Shaker said on Tuesday. “In the meantime, ChicagoJobs future is secure. It has thousands of local customers who thrive on its local focus. Its partnership with other local publishers/radio stations, as well as top SEO, will continue to drive job-seekers to the number one local site in Chicago. It will continue on its mission and will be a top resource for connecting job-seekers and employers in the area.”