I don't do a whole lot of illustration, but I get my share of city papers, as that's what I've targeted over the last couple years with self-promotion. Sometimes they pay well, sometimes it's nearly free, but usually it's a good experience, because the lower-budget papers give you freedom. This is an example of a paper that decided to change a lot about the illustration. I won't say anything bad about them, as they were probably the most professional I've dealt with, but it's always a strange surprise when you find your artwork quite different on their website... after they thank you for the great work.
I guess it's an ever-lasting part of the gig. Caricatures will always have a sensetive spot with many viewers, as long as they exist... I guess the rebel side of me gets a tickle out of the reaction, mostly because off the misunderstood nature of the artform.
I recently purchased Sebastian Krueger's 2007 calendar, and he/his management do a great job of covering this area on the inside cover; along-side a picture of Sebastian in Times Square, it reads:
...Kruger approaches nearly all of his subjects with a level of respect and sincerity contrasting the often extreme exaggeration of their features...