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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Elect or appoint? Candidates for Cook court clerk differ on how to fill job

Sep 30 2016 | 1:44 am - Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown and challenger Diane Shapiro differ on whether the position should be appointed or elected.

New trial for man convicted of 2006 Rolling Meadows murder

Sep 30 2016 | 6:38 pm - A Chicago man sentenced to life in prison for the 2006 shooting death of an aspiring rap producer from Rolling Meadows will get a new trial, the Illinois appellate court ruled.

Burglary charges dismissed in case of Elgin missing jewelry

Sep 29 2016 | 6:57 pm - A judge dismissed charges against a Chicago parolee who was accused of stealing jewelry from an Elgin woman, court records show.

Chicago Shakespeare wraps epic with brilliantly acted 'Civil Strife'

Sep 28 2016 | 3:47 pm - Chicago Shakespeare Theater's exceptional “Tug of War: Civil Strife” is a dramatic feast. Check out Barbara Vitello's four-star review.

Theater events: Prairie Center hosts ‘Churchill’ for one night Oct. 1

Sep 30 2016 | 4:53 pm - Ron Keaton brings “Churchill” to Schaumburg, First Folio offers up seasonal thrills with “Dr. Seward’s Dracula,” and Remy Bumppo revives Stoppard’s translation of Pirandello, this week in Chicago-area...

Wheeling man sentenced to prison for smoking pot in car

Sep 27 2016 | 5:34 pm - A Wheeling man who police discovered smoking marijuana in his car was sentenced to three years in prison in exchange for pleading guilty to aggravated DUI.

Skokie man pleads guilty to sexually abusing teenage girl

Sep 27 2016 | 6:22 pm - A Skokie man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a teenager he said was his girlfriend was sentenced to probation and must register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Palatine man with 4 DUIs sent to prison

Sep 27 2016 | 7:22 pm - Juan Martinez of Palatine was sentenced to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to his fourth DUI, which caused a crash in June.

Hanover Park man gets 4 years for Streamwood burglary

Sep 27 2016 | 5:31 pm - Alejandro Hernandez of Hanover Park was sentenced to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to burglarizing a Streamwood home earlier this year.

Elgin man sentenced for striking acquaintance with car

Sep 26 2016 | 6:43 pm - An Elgin man who prosecutors say intentionally struck an acquaintance with his car was sentenced to 30 months’ probation plus the jail time he’s already served, court records show.

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