Barbara Vitello

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Barbara Vitello, legal affairs writer and theater critic, joined the Daily Herald in 1997. Assigned to cover arts, entertainment and culture, she served as critic at large until 2008, when she took over the Cook County courts beat.

A Lisagor Award winner, Barbara has bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern University.

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Theater events: Lifeline re-imagines Shakespeare’s lost year in ‘Her Majesty’s Will’

May 23 2017 | 7:19 pm - Lifeline Theatre premieres the rousing romp “Her Majesty’s Will,” several suburban natives star in Griffin Theatre’s chamber-style revival of “Ragtime,” and Drury Lane Theatre revives “James and the...

Chicago man charged with cousin’s murder at Elk Grove motel

May 24 2017 | 5:00 pm - A Chicago man is held on $4 million bail after being charged in the shooting death of his 33-year-old cousin, who was found dead in an Elk Grove Village motel room Sunday.

Northlight’s Albert Einstein drama examines ‘Relativity’ in all its forms

May 24 2017 | 8:44 am - Chicago theater’s elder statesman Mike Nussbaum is as compelling and potent as ever in Northlight Theatre’s “Relativity,” a hypothetical account of a little-known period in Albert Einstein’s life.

Prosecutors: Woman used Buffalo Grove pizzeria as drug front

May 24 2017 | 10:54 am - An Arlington Heights woman who authorities say used a now shuttered Buffalo Grove pizzeria as a front for a drug trafficking operation was convicted Tuesday on multiple drug charges.

Rolling Meadows man sentenced to 6 years on weapons charge

May 22 2017 | 4:21 pm - A 21-year-old parolee from Rolling Meadows was sentenced to six years in prison Monday in exchange for pleading guilty to unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Prospect Heights couple plead not guilty to sexually abusing teens

May 22 2017 | 4:36 pm - A Prospect Heights couple charged with sexually abusing three teenage boys entered not guilty pleas to criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges Monday.

Former Streamwood behavioral health worker charged with abusing girl

May 19 2017 | 8:54 pm - A Crystal Lake man formerly employed at a Streamwood mental health facility was ordered held on $1.5 million bail Friday on charges he sexually abused a 12-year-old patient.

Bensenville woman gets jail for biting South Barrington police officer

May 19 2017 | 4:41 pm - A Bensenville woman who bit a South Barrington police officer pleaded guilty to aggravated battery to a police officer in exchange for a 60-day jail sentence and two years of probation.

Guilty verdict in sexual assault of 97-year-old Arlington Heights woman

May 18 2017 | 9:32 pm - Jurors late Thursday found Frank Mendez, of Mount Prospect, guilty of sexually assaulting a 97-year-old woman in her Arlington Heights home nearly two years ago.

Hoffman Estates man charged with sexually abusing teen

May 17 2017 | 9:44 pm - A 60-year old Hoffman Estates man who told police he thought a teenage girl out riding her bike was a prostitute and offered her money to have sex with him faces criminal sexual abuse and unlawful restraint charges, authorities said.

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