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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From suburbs to Chicago storefront stages: Three actors discuss the transition

Aug 26 2016 | 5:58 am - Suburban natives Brittany Stock, Brian Fimoff and Todd Michael Kiech all have roles in productions hitting Chicago stages next month.

Schaumburg mom convicted of killing disabled daughter freed on bond

Aug 26 2016 | 8:13 pm - The Schaumburg mom sentenced to four years in prison for the 2015 death of her severely disabled daughter was released on bond from the Logan Correctional Facility Friday afternoon after serving about three months.

Elgin cleric pleads guilty to sexually abusing school employee, student

Aug 25 2016 | 6:17 pm - An Elgin cleric pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl and a 22-year-old office worker at the Islamic Institute he founded. Mohammad Abdullah Saleem, 77, was sentenced to 24 months of probation.

Schaumburg mom who killed disabled daughter to be freed on bail

Aug 25 2016 | 7:39 pm - Bonnie Liltz, the Schaumburg mom sentenced to four years in prison for the 2015 death of her severely disabled daughter, is expected to be released from prison this week after an appellate panel granted bail.

Man charged with fleeing Palatine police in stolen car

Aug 24 2016 | 6:43 pm - A man on parole for possession of a stolen vehicle and escape was ordered held on $60,000 bail Wednesday after, authorities allege, he fled Palatine police officers after a traffic stop.

Theater events: Second City promotes ‘Free Speech!’ at Paramount show

Aug 25 2016 | 3:01 pm - The Second City plays Aurora’s Paramount Saturday; “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” opens at Drury Lane Theatre; and Mat Smart’s “Naperville” has its Chicago-area premiere this week.

Round Lake woman in animal cruelty case insists she loved her dogs

Aug 23 2016 | 7:38 pm - A Round Lake woman charged with animal cruelty in the asphyxiation deaths of two bulldogs last summer says she loved them like her children.

Elgin cleric accused of sex abuse faces deadline to accept plea deal

Aug 23 2016 | 5:53 pm - Elgin cleric Mohammad Abdullah Saleem is scheduled for a Sept. 12 jury trial after he did not accept a plea agreement offered by prosecutors on Tuesday. He is accused of sexually abusing an employee and student of an Islamic school for children in...

Trial begins for Round Lake woman charged with animal cruelty

Aug 22 2016 | 7:02 pm - Confinement in a windowless vehicle without air conditioning or water on a 90-degree day led to the deaths of two dogs last summer, a Cook County prosecutor said as a Round Lake woman’s trial on aggravated animal cruelty charges began in...

Streamwood man sentenced to 19 years for scalding 5-year-old

Aug 18 2016 | 10:03 pm - A Streamwood man pleaded guilty Thursday to trapping a 5-year-old in a shower and spraying his body with scalding water while the desperate boy sought relief by covering his head with a toy bucket. Brian Magsombol, 30, was sentenced to 19 years in...

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