Deborah Donovan

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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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Prospect Hts. clerk and treasurer could be appointed

Jul 29 2014 | 5:37 pm - The Prospect Heights City Council has voted to put referendums on the Nov. 14 ballot where voters will decide if the city clerk and city treasurer positions should be appointed rather than elected. Mayor Nick Helmer says the change would save money.

Wheeling considers requiring landlords to join crime fight

Jul 29 2014 | 6:23 pm - The Wheeling Village Board is excited about requiring all landlords in the village to join a cirme-free housing program, but trustees are nervous about finding funds for the program.

Meadows Christian Fellowship plans to make it snow before showing film

Jul 29 2014 | 6:46 pm - Snow is not much fun in February, but more welcome in August. Meadows Christian Fellowship will have a real "blizzard" Friday evening, Aug. 1, before the showing of its annual community movie, "Frozen." Viewers can wear shorts and sandals, but bring...

Despite neighbors' protests, Rolling Meadows says owner can cut down trees

Jul 29 2014 | 6:36 am - Some Rolling Meadows residents are mourning the loss of old-growth trees cut down Friday and Saturday from property in their northwest side neighborhood, but city officials say the land's owner was within his rights. Neighbors especially wanted...

Popular craft beer bar coming to Rolling Meadows

Jul 24 2014 | 2:03 pm - Bigby's Pour House, a popular craft beer bar in Addison, will open a Rolling Meadows site next month where the Caribou Coffee used to be on Algonquin Road.

Larsen resigns Rolling Meadows City Council seat

Jul 22 2014 | 11:24 pm - Jim Larsen, alderman of Rolling Meadows' 7th Ward, announced Tuesday that he is moving out of the city and must resign his position on the city council.

Deal reached to save Town Center in Wheeling

Jul 22 2014 | 2:24 pm - An agreement announced Monday between Wheeling and four other governing bodies apparently will save the $150 million Town Center planned for the site that once held Wickes Furniture.

Rolling Meadows bowling alley site could become townhouses

Jul 18 2014 | 10:54 pm - The former AMF bowling alley at 3245 Kirchoff Road in downtown Rolling Meadows would be razed and 54 townhouses built in its place, under a plan that got favorable reaction from the city council this week. “If Kirchoff Road can handle a...

Prospect Heights mayor defends workshop style

Jul 17 2014 | 4:42 pm - Despite one of his aldermen calling it "the worst idea ever," Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer says he's sticking to his decision to conduct the city council's workshop meetings in a less formal seating arrangement.

Gallagher could get $30 million for Rolling Meadows move

Jul 18 2014 | 7:56 am - Insurance broker Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. will get up to $30 million from a tax increment financing district that lasts 15 years rather than the standard 23, but other details of the company's planned move back to Rolling Meadows remain under...

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