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Deborah Donovan

Staff Writer

Deborah Donovan was named to cover Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows and Prospect Heights in May 2008. Besides reporting on governmental activities in those towns, she writes features about residents and organizations.

Donovan also is the lead writer for the Daily Herald's Home & Garden section. For many years she wrote about housing for the Daily Herald. In 2007, she participated in the award-winning series "The Dream Foreclosed" about home foreclosures. She was named Employee of the Year for the Editorial Department of the Daily Herald in 2008. Before coming to the Daily Herald in 1978, Donovan wrote for the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa, and United Press International in Minneapolis. Donovan has presented her stories many Sunday mornings on ABC Channel 7.

She graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in journalism and took post-graduate courses at Michigan State University. She currently is pursuing a master's degree in library and information science at the University of Illinois. Donovan is married and the mother of two adult daughters and an adult son.

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Rolling Meadows backs tax break for Dominick's site

Apr 23 2014 | 5:32 am - The Rolling Meadows City Council voted Tuesday to extend support for a property tax break for a future tenant of the vacant shopping center once occupied by a Dominick's on Kirchoff Road. Cook County grants the reduction in assessed valuation to...

Opponents of Rolling Meadows fire station plan not giving up

Apr 23 2014 | 9:43 am - The Rolling Meadows City Council voted 4-3 on April 15 to build two fire stations in new locations, but aldermen and citizens on the losing side are making it clear they will not give up easily. One alderman said Tuesday he wants to put the issue to...

Beer sales still possible at Wheeling’s Heritage Park

Apr 22 2014 | 4:12 pm - Beer sales at adult sporting events in Wheeling’s Heritage Park could still be on tap as the village board postponed a vote Monday on the park district’s request to allow it. Village President Dean Argiris, who last month voted...

Rolling Meadows plans two new fire stations

Apr 16 2014 | 12:18 pm - With a 4-3 vote the Rolling Meadows City Council reached a preliminary decision Tiesday to build two new fire stations -- starting with moving the downtown station to the east side of town near New Wilke and Central roads. Eventually the second...

Prospect Hts. names new city administrator

Apr 14 2014 | 11:55 pm - The prospect Heights City Council Monday introduced Kenneth Lopez, who has considerable experience with smaller communities, as its new city administrator. Lopez has served in similar positions in Pingree Grove, Beach Park and Johnsburg and was...

Rolling Meadows rejects employee holiday cuts

Apr 09 2014 | 12:12 pm - The first two items of employee benefit cuts and other cost savings proposed by Alderman Brad Judd of Rolling Meadows' Fourth Ward failed in 4-3 votes at Tuesday's city council meeting. Judd proposed a list of changes at a recent committee of the...

Former airport manager receives year's salary

Apr 09 2014 | 9:13 am - Dennis Rouleau, former manager of Chicago Executive Airport and an employee there for almost a quarter century, will receive a year's salary through his settlement agreement with the airport. Rouleau will get a total of $144,555 plus about $12,000...

Barrington District 220 superintendent Leonard leaving in June

Apr 08 2014 | 7:09 pm - Barrington Unit District 220 Superintendent Tom Leonard is leaving the district in June to take the same post with the Eanes Independent School District in the suburbs of Austin, Texas, school officials announced Tuesday. “I thought I was...

Wheeling, other taxing bodies hope for accord on TIF district

Apr 07 2014 | 11:18 pm - While representatives of school districts and other taxing bodies questioned Wheeling's right to establish a tax increment financing district on the site of one it had recently closed, both sides expressed hope after Monday's village board meeting...

No need to choose between style and utility with these kitchen gadgets

Apr 04 2014 | 3:58 pm - Every year the International Home + Housewares Show puts thousands of new products on display, and retailers and the press scramble to find ones you’ll want to see and maybe buy. Here are creations that provide you with great-looking ways to...

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