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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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Ela Soccer Club strikes lease for land to build fields in Long Grove

Aug 29 2014 | 11:48 pm - Ela Soccer Club plans to build new fields on publicly owned property deemed of no use to the village of Long Grove. Long Grove village board members this week voted 6-0 in favor of leasing 11 acres to the youth soccer organization.

Advice taken: More Warren High students taking bus to O'Plaine campus in Gurnee

Aug 29 2014 | 5:55 am - With significant road construction causing traffic jams near Warren Township High School's freshmen-sophomore campus in Gurnee, officials this summer urged parents not to drive their children to classes at the start of the school year. After two...

Middle school teacher charged with created porn

Aug 29 2014 | 3:23 pm - John Vastis, a teacher at Buffalo Grove’s Meridian Middle School, is facing federal child pornography charges after his arrest early Thursday morning. Aptakisic-Tripp Elementary District 102 Superintendent Theresa Dunkin said there are no...

Woodland to offer all-day kindergarten

Aug 27 2014 | 8:14 pm - Gurnee-based Woodland Elementary District 50 will offer full-day kindergarten in the 2015-16 academic season, with officials citing support from the program in community survey. About 76 percent of kindergarten students statewide now are in class...

Lake Zurich's advisory plan commission ponders supportive living facility

Aug 27 2014 | 5:26 am - An advisory Lake Zurich panel will continue a hearing next month on a proposed 120-unit seniors facility on the village's north side. Plan commissioners heard resident concerns about noise and other issues at a recent public hearing on the Pathway...

District 95 puts new excessive heat plan to use on the first day of classes

Aug 25 2014 | 5:48 pm - It didn't take long for Lake Zurich Unit District 95 officials to tap into a new heat policy designed for school buildings without central air conditioning. “Yes, how ironic that we had to institute the extreme heat procedures on the first...

Hawthorn Woods construction trailer fire under investigation

Aug 25 2014 | 11:06 am - No injuries resulted from a fire that broke out in vacant construction trailers over the weekend in Hawthorn Woods, authorities said.

Grayslake OKs renovation of 98-year-old building

Aug 23 2014 | 7:46 am - Grayslake’s downtown is expected to receive a dramatic appearance boost through the renovation of a 98-year-old building. Village board trustees have approved a $100,000 economic development incentive agreement with Grayslake-based Nage One...

Lake Zurich to reduce interest payments on downtown-related debt

Aug 21 2014 | 12:55 am - Lake Zurich's strong credit rating should result in better-than-anticipated savings for taxpayers from a debt refinancing, officials said. Finance Director Jodie Hartman told the village board that "we’re looking at about $400,000 in savings...

Slain 5-month-old Zion boy recalled at prayer vigil

Aug 21 2014 | 11:24 pm - Joshua Summeries was remembered in a prayer vigil outside his Zion home Thursday night, exactly one year since the 5-month-old boy was killed by his mother’s boyfriend. Police, Zion residents and others banded together after he initially was...

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