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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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Oak Brook theater defends same-sex couple, interracial casting in Shakespeare play

Aug 19 2017 | 7:06 am - First Folio Theatre executive director David Rice responds to complaints about the casting of its production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” The Oak Brook theater came under fire from some patrons for showcasing a same-sex...

Attorney: Suspect in fatal Schaumburg parking lot shooting was defending himself

Aug 18 2017 | 5:41 pm - A man shot Monday in Schaumburg accused his attacker before he died, prosecutors said during a bond hearing Friday. Quentin Tillison, 37, reportedly told police and witnesses, “It was Oliver,” prosecutors said during a hearing for...

Chicago man sentenced for Prospect Heights home invasion

Aug 17 2017 | 4:55 pm - A Chicago man was sentenced to six years in prison in exchange for pleading guilty to a home invasion Feb. 11 in Prospect Heights.

Streamwood man charged with aggravated battery in case of mistaken identity

Aug 17 2017 | 5:04 pm - A case of mistaken identity led to the beating of a 63-year-old Streamwood man, prosecutors say. Michael Rose, 42, was held on $250,000 bail Thursday on aggravated battery charges.

Ghastly tales make up deliciously macabre musical ‘Shockheaded Peter’

Aug 15 2017 | 3:52 pm - Black Button Eyes Productions delivers a splendid revival of the macabre musical “Shockheaded Peter” — about the terrible fates that befall naughty children and neglectful parents — at Chicago’s Athenaeum Theatre.

Theater events: Marriott snags Broadway team for ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’

Aug 16 2017 | 1:25 pm - Marriott Theatre presents the regional premiere of “Honeymoon in Vegas”; Metropolis Performing Arts centre hosts “Girls Night Out”; and Drury Lane Theatre rocks out with “Rock of Ages” this week in suburban...

Schaumburg man admits to abusing girl he took for ice cream

Aug 15 2017 | 7:33 pm - A 37-year-old Schaumburg man pleaded guilty to molesting a 11-year-old girl after taking her out for ice cream. Joseph Jasser was sentenced to six months in jail and two years of probation.

‘Cold, calculating sexual predator’ gets 20 years for abusing teen with special needs

Aug 15 2017 | 5:46 am - Pablo Herrera, convicted in June of sexually abusing a teenage girl with special needs, was sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison Monday in Rolling Meadows.

Suburbanites figure prominently in revival of macabre 'Shockheaded Peter' musical

Aug 12 2017 | 7:29 am - A set and puppet designer from Bensenville and cast members from Wheaton, Lisle and Libertyville are among the suburban natives playing key roles in Black Button Eyes Productions' revival of the macabre musical “Shockheaded Peter.”

Indictment in Haley Reinhart bar brawl

Aug 11 2017 | 9:52 am - A Palatine man has been indicted on charges he choked a patron during a brawl last month at Lamplighter Inn Tavern & Grille in Palatine.

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