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Bob Susnjara

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Bob Susnjara is a reporter covering village governments, schools and other issues in Gurnee, Grayslake and other parts of Lake County.

Since joining the Daily Herald in September 1999, he has written several significant stories that include revealing peculiar spending of activity fund money by former principal Philip Roffman at Warren Township High School in Gurnee. In 2005, Roffman pleaded guilty to illegally using $400 on Steppenwolf Theatre Co. tickets for family and friends.

Susnjara also wrote stories raising questions about the validity of "blue ribbon awards" given by a paid consultant to schools at Grayslake Elementary District 46. The stories also showed how District 46 spent public money to collect the awards as part of the consultant's conventions in South Carolina and Florida. Susnjara makes periodic appearances on behalf of the Daily Herald on ABC-7's Sunday morning newscast and on WBBM 780-AM.

Before joining the Daily Herald, Susnjara spent time at the Waukegan News-Sun and wrote a popular sports media column for the Copley News Service that used to be affiliated with the paper. He often was called on to discuss columns with former Chicago radio sports-talk host Chet Coppock and others.

Susnjara earned a radio-television communications major and a journalism minor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

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Six Lake County towns combine for upgraded police records system

Apr 27 2015 | 6:01 pm - Six Lake County villages have banded together to lease a new digital police records management system, a move that officials say resulted in a high-end product for the communities at an affordable price. Lake Zurich will be the host community for...

Water and sewer bills going up in Lake Zurich

Apr 24 2015 | 12:35 am - Lake Zurich residents will pay more for drinking water and sanitary sewer service starting next month. “The water and sewer fund has been struggling for years to try to keep up with the aging infrastructure,” village Finance Director...

Amid financial uncertainty, Grayslake District 46 agrees to some staffing cuts

Apr 23 2015 | 10:36 am - With the future of state funding uncertain, Grayslake Elementary District 46 officials have agreed to a staffing plan that will trim six full-time teaching positions, but save the district an estimated $375,000 in the next school year. Officials...

Gurnee police investigating worker’s ride caught on dash-cam

Apr 24 2015 | 5:09 pm - Dashboard-camera video showing a Gurnee auto dealership employee driving nearly 100 mph in a customer’s vehicle has led to an investigation by village police. Police said they've identified the mechanic who was behind the wheel of the...

Athletic fields could be part of future for Lake Zurich’s Kuechmann Park

Apr 21 2015 | 11:46 pm - Lacrosse nets and baseballs could be part of the landscape at Lake Zurich’s Kuechmann Park. Ela Township wants to buy the village government-owned, 8-acre site off Old Rand Road and divide the property between athletic fields and a nature...

Gurnee couple upset after watching video of their car on 96-mph joy ride

Apr 24 2015 | 5:09 pm - A dashboard-camera video showing a car dealership employee driving at 96 mph in a compact Dodge Caliber SRT that was in for service has a Gurnee couple crying foul. Drew Hovorka said he checked the video out of curiosity after he picked up his car...

Growing pension contributions a concern in new Lake Zurich budget

Apr 21 2015 | 12:28 am - While Lake Zurich officials are pleased with a projected modest operating surplus in the next year's budget, they acknowledge financial challenges remain, including police and firefighter pensions.

Mundelein-area school welcomes diabetes-alert dog to watch student

Apr 17 2015 | 11:25 pm - It was the first day on the job for diabetes-alert dog Chevy and his client, St. Mary of the Annunciation first-grader Aidan Gorman of Round Lake Beach. The dog with lifesaving skills came from the Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetes-Alert Dog Foundation.

Grayslake library lobby to be named for 42-year board member Kent Rich

Apr 16 2015 | 11:36 pm - Grayslake Area Public Library visitors will get to hang out in a new, comfortable lobby area that’ll be named for a late, longtime board member whose family was among the area’s first settlers: Kent Rich.

Grayslake Dist. 46 looking to boost foreign language classes, technology

Apr 15 2015 | 6:13 pm - Ideas on how to boost student achievment - including foreign language instruction and upgraded technology - have been floated at Grayslake Elementary District 46, but officials will need to decide what's affordable. “There is a sense of...

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