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: BoHo Theatre closes out season with ‘Marie Christine’

Oct 16 2017 | 10:51 pm - Musicals dominate the week in Chicago-area theater with Marriott Theatre’s regional premiere of “Newsies,” Drury Lane’s “42nd Street” and BoHo Theatre’s revival of “Marie Christine.”

‘Les Miserables’ is back — and it’s magnificent

Oct 17 2017 | 6:03 pm - The refreshed, visually arresting 25th anniversary production of “Les Miserables” returns to Chicago in a splendidly sung production.

Cook County felony prosecutions broken down by race, location in new report

Oct 17 2017 | 10:17 pm - Suburban Cook County has more DUI cases than all of Chicago, with 901 to the city’s 797 in 2016. But Chicago leads in homicides, with 383 cases presented for prosecution last year compared to 120 from the Cook County suburbs. That’s...

Mother on killing her disabled daughter: ‘She stayed asleep’

Oct 17 2017 | 9:21 am - In an interview Daily Herald, Bonnie Liltz, the Schaumburg mom convicted in the 2015 death of her seriously disabled daughter, talks about her time in prison and her possible return. “I apologized to my family. I apologized to God. ... I just...

Willow Creek names two senior pastors to replace retiring Hybels

Oct 15 2017 | 11:04 am - Willow Creek Community Church senior pastor Bill Hybels announced that church veterans Heather Larson and Steve Carter will take over church leaderships when he retires next year from the church he, his wife and some friends founded 42 years ago.

Oak Brook's First Folio unleashes daring 'Man-Beast'

Oct 11 2017 | 12:17 pm - First Folio Theatre artistic associate Joseph Zettelmaier concludes his horror trilogy with “The Man-Beast,” a werewolf-inspired tale about love, greed, loneliness and betrayal.

Bail set for Buffalo Grove brothers accused of having $18,000 in drugs

Oct 11 2017 | 5:52 pm - Two brothers were ordered held on drug charges Wednesday after police discovered more than two pounds of marijuana, Adderall pills and drug paraphernalia at their Buffalo Grove home.

4-year sentence stands for Schaumburg mom who killed disabled daughter

Oct 10 2017 | 7:31 pm - The Illinois Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Bonnie Liltz, the Schaumburg mom sentenced to four years in prison for killing her severely disabled daughter. Her attorneys argued the Illinois Department of Corrections cannot properly...

Theater events: Lake Zurich actor leads musical ‘Carrie 2’ at Underscore

Oct 12 2017 | 11:13 am - Steel Beam Theatre revives “Making God Laugh,” The Gift Theatre examines the longtime relationship among four college friends and Underscore Theatre Company premieres “Carrie 2: The Rage (An Unauthorized Musical Parody)”...

Angela Ingersoll’s Judy Garland tribute puts star in PBS spotlight

Oct 05 2017 | 12:35 pm - Theater veteran and cabaret chanteuse Angela Ingersoll channels Judy Garland during her tribute concert “Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine” Tuesday at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. PBS will be recording the show for a 2018...

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