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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Lake County demanding better performance from security company

Oct 15 2014 | 7:15 pm - A private security company in charge of screening visitors at metal detectors at the Lake County government complex in Waukegan is on notice that arrests of its employees and other problems won’t be tolerated, officials said. “From the...

California man charged in threats to Lake County courthouse, Gurnee police

Oct 14 2014 | 5:24 pm - A California man is held on $2 million bail on accusations he said in a phone call he wanted to “light up” Gurnee police headquarters and the Lake County courthouse, authorities said Tuesday.

Avon Twp. supervisor: Residents upset since assessor's office closed

Oct 14 2014 | 9:57 pm - Avon Township Supervisor Lisa Rusch says township employees have had to cope with frustrated residents since a budget dispute led to the closure of the assessor's office last month.

Elite Lake County police investigators to be honored for work in baby killer case

Oct 13 2014 | 5:41 pm - Officials from a statewide organization will honor the Lake County Major Crime Task Force for an investigation that led to the conviction of a man who killed a 5-month-old Zion boy. George Filenko, the task force commander and Round Lake Park police...

District 116 trying again for $29 million high school expansion

Oct 11 2014 | 11:48 pm - Round Lake Area Unit District 116 officials say they have improved communication with residents as part of a second attempt to gain voter permission to borrow $29 million for a high school expansion and renovation. Those beefed-up communication...

Priest celebrates Mass to thank those who saved his life

Oct 10 2014 | 5:40 am - While he doesn’t remember much from the day he almost died at University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, the Rev. Matthew Marshall is certain that the help he received from Mundelein first responders and staff at Advocate Condell...

Progress reported in Waukegan teachers strike

Oct 10 2014 | 7:54 pm - The two sides in the Waukegan Unit District 60 teachers strike released a statement Friday indicating progress is being made toward ending the labor dispute that has reached seven days. In the joint statement released Friday evening, representatives...

62nd House hopefuls debate minimum wage

Oct 09 2014 | 12:38 am - Lake County state representative candidates Rod Drobinski and Sam Yingling separated themselves on the minimum wage issue at a Round Lake Beach forum Wednesday night. Joining Drobinski and Yingling at the village’s cultural and civic center...

Student health and wellness center opens at Round Lake High School

Oct 07 2014 | 4:53 pm - Lake County’s first student health and wellness center officially opened Tuesday at Round Lake High School with services including asthma help, physicals and contraception.Officials said Round Lake High’s student clinic is the 65th...

Lake Zurich mayor accepts donated sign naming new playground, gives flowers to girl in return

Oct 07 2014 | 4:33 pm - Lake Zurich Mayor Thomas Poynton came bearing flowers for a special visitor at this week’s village board meeting. Poynton presented the colorful bouquet to 8-year-old Hailey Thorp, who thought of the name for a new playground at Paulus Park.

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