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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Political newcomer looking to unseat Lake Zurich mayor

Feb 17 2017 | 7:05 pm - Lake Zurich Mayor Thomas Poynton wants a second term in office, but he’ll need to defeat a political newcomer in the April election.

Inverness detective named in Lake Zurich football hazing lawsuit

Feb 16 2017 | 7:04 pm - An Inverness police detective who’s been a volunteer coach is among the defendants in a federal lawsuit alleging two Lake Zurich High School football players were hazed by teammates.

Teacher’s DIY tennis ball chairs for kids with special needs go viral on social media

Feb 15 2017 | 4:42 pm - A speech language pathologist’s do-it-yourself chairs made with tennis balls have become part of an effort to help students with sensory problems at a North suburban elementary school, and brought the instructor and her school district...

Long Grove board informally votes against two-lane replacement bridge

Feb 15 2017 | 8:02 am - Long Grove’s one-lane bridge dating to the early 1900s received lots of Valentine’s Day love at a packed village board meeting Tuesday night.

Second grocery store nearing debut in Grayslake

Feb 08 2017 | 5:19 pm - Grocery store competition that vanished in Grayslake in 2013 is about to return. Mayor Rhett Taylor said Butera Market should open in late March or early April in a shopping plaza space on the southeast corner of Atkinson Road and Center Street.

Gurnee Mills planning $6 million in upgrades, new restaurant opening

Feb 07 2017 | 4:52 pm - Gurnee Mills will receive $1 million public money to help pay for a planned $6 million in interior renovations.

Lake Zurich football hazing attorney tab nearly $51,000 for one month

Feb 06 2017 | 6:07 pm - Nearly $51,000 in legal work was billed in one month related to allegations of hazing by members of Lake Zurich High School football team last fall, documents show.

Gurnee approves revenue deal for Great Wolf Lodge

Feb 07 2017 | 3:27 pm - Gurnee village board trustees Monday night approved a deal that would provide up to $18 million for North America’s largest family of indoor water park resorts to locate in town.

Developers wanted for Grayslake’s old fairgrounds

Feb 05 2017 | 4:52 pm - An economic development organization in Grayslake is hoping to generate more interest in the former Lake County Fairgrounds site.

Great Wolf Lodge might replace KeyLime Cove in Gurnee

Feb 03 2017 | 1:50 pm - What’s billed as North America’s largest family of indoor water-park resorts plans to move into Gurnee. Mayor Kristina Kovarik said the parent company of Great Wolf Lodge would purchase KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort.

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