Bob Smith

DuPage County Editor
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Bob Smith is the city editor in the Daily Herald's DuPage County office. He helps oversee the day-to-day operation of the DuPage newsroom, helps organize coverage for both the print and web editions, and works closely with the DuPage Editor, assistant city editors, reporters, photographers and interns.

He has helped oversee the Daily Herald's coverage of a wide range of stories, from the Marilyn Lemak murders to Evan Lysacek Day in Naperville. Smith joined the Daily Herald in 1994 as an assistant city editor after working for the Beacon News in Aurora, Daily Journal in Wheaton and Press Publications in Elmhurst.

A graduate of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, he grew up in Elmhurst, graduated from York High School, and has lived in Villa Park, Glendale Heights and Carol Stream.

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Bensenville’s tree program aims for bigger, stronger canopy

Oct 19 2017 | 11:40 am - In the wake of the Emerald Ash Borer beetle invasion that claimed more than 1,200 trees in Bensenville, the village is in the midst of a long-term project to both restore its urban canopy and make it bigger and stronger.

DuPage commuters get free bouquets in Petal It Forward campaign

Oct 11 2017 | 5:54 pm - Hundreds of DuPage County commuters made a good impression Wednesday by bringing home bright bouquets of flowers to provide a ray of sunshine on a dreary day. The parade of flower-toting train riders resulted from a nationwide campaign by FTD and...

Elmhurst mom hopes EpiPens can spare others her sorrow

Aug 25 2017 | 5:29 pm - An Elmhurst mom, Shelly LeGere, spearheaded the push to put EpiPens in the hands of police officers. But she knows the eventual success of “Annie’s Law” won’t ever fully heal her pain.

Two steps remain to put EpiPens in hands of Elmhurst cops

Aug 25 2017 | 5:28 pm - Elmhurst police Chief Michael Ruth says his department has taken the first and most complicated step toward equipping officers with EpiPens to treat people suffering from multi-system allergic reactions. But two more tasks remain before the devices...

Elmhurst Park District seeks ideas for 2 new sites

Jul 25 2017 | 1:23 pm - Elmhurst residents can offer ideas for how to develop two new park district sites — including a former trailer park — during a public hearing this week designed to solicit community input.

Arts center a multimillion-dollar dream in Elmhurst

Jul 16 2017 | 10:41 pm - Could a performing arts center be coming to downtown Elmhurst? Here’s how a group of individuals and organizations is trying to make the dream a reality.

Why Winfield Dist. 34 superintendent captured state honors

Apr 26 2017 | 12:29 pm - Just two months before her retirement, Winfield Elementary District 34 Superintendent Gwynne Kell was honored by a state group this week as a Superintendent of Distinction. This is her story.

West Chicago school celebrates art, ecology — and soup cans

Apr 19 2017 | 9:26 am - Students, parents and faculty at West Chicago’s Wegner Elementary School on Thursday will celebrate art, ecology, creativity — and soup cans — during Family Earth Night activities.

Oak Brook family wants $50M over geography bee cheating allegations

Apr 19 2017 | 8:22 am - A federal lawsuit seeking more than $50 million in damages has been filed against Butler Elementary District 53 in Oak Brook stemming from allegations of a cheating scandal dating to January of last year.

Lombard Dist. 44 converting former school into early childhood center

Apr 14 2017 | 8:16 am - The former Highland Hills School is in line to become a new Early Childhood Center later this year in Lombard Elementary District 44.

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