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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Parents want all-day kindergarten at Grayslake District 46

Sep 19 2014 | 5:06 pm - Citing moves at neighboring school systems, some parents say a full-day kindergarten program should be started at Grayslake Elementary District 46. Parents pitched the idea during public comment time at a District 46 board meeting this week.

Wife memorializes daughter, ex-husband killed by his DUI

Sep 18 2014 | 5:28 am - Despite the circumstances surrounding her 7-year-old daughter’s death, Luz Barrera says it is important that her former husband be remembered with the girl in a memorial planted Wednesday at a Round Lake Park railroad crossing where they were...

International manhunt for Lake County teacher ends in Sarajevo

Sep 19 2014 | 2:14 pm - An international manhunt for a Lake County teacher accused of molesting a student has ended with him in custody in Bosnia-Herzegovina awaiting extradition to face charges in the United States. Lake County Undersheriff Raymond J. Rose said Michael R.

Hoffman Estates tech firm could move to Gurnee

Sep 17 2014 | 12:04 pm - Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik is seeking support from other local taxing agencies for a combined $2.3 million package of proposed financial incentives to a Hoffman Estates semiconductor company that supporters say could lead to a version of Silicon...

Tax incentives for new Gurnee business on agenda

Sep 16 2014 | 1:42 pm - Nearly all of Gurnee’s taxing agencies are scheduled to meet today regarding possible financial incentives for a proposed research and manufacturing facility. Members of the Gurnee village board, Woodland Elementary District 50, Warren...

Veteran Link versus newcomer Wilson for Lake County state senate seat

Sep 15 2014 | 12:46 am - Despite a sizable advantage in campaign funding over an upstart opponent, a longtime state senator from Lake County says the political climate dictates he work as hard as ever before the November election.

Lake Zurich’s Rock the Block street party attendance tops 2013

Sep 15 2014 | 5:20 pm - Lake Zurich’s Rock the Block street party over the weekend was a bigger hit than last year’s inaugural event. Village Manager Jason Slowinski said about 6,500 partygoers were in the village’s downtown t from 5 to 11 p.m.

Gurnee, Vernon Hills both increasing sales taxes

Sep 11 2014 | 12:44 am - Sales tax rates will rise next year in Lake County’s two largest retail towns, but for different reasons. Consumers will pay more in Gurnee and Vernon Hills beginning Jan. 1. “While no one likes a tax increase, no one wants to live on...

Autopsy shows Gurnee woman died from crash injuries

Sep 11 2014 | 2:17 pm - An autopsy shows a Gurnee woman died from injuries she suffered in a single-vehicle crash on Route 45 in Third Lake, authorities said Thursday. Patricia Kehoe, 76, was driving a red 2009 Hyundai Elantra when the wreck occurred about 6 a.m.

Wauconda recognizes Sept. 11 terror attacks with Memorial Park ceremony

Sep 11 2014 | 6:01 pm - Wauconda Fire Protection District Chief David Dato reflected on what he says has been a shift in attitude toward public safety employees during a ceremony commemorating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “People would bring cookies and...

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