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Eric Peterson

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Eric Peterson currently covers Schaumburg and the seven-village Barrington area for the Daily Herald. He joined the paper in March 2000 after previously working for Pioneer Press, the Northwest Herald and the former Chicago Suburban Times newspapers.

Peterson was among the reporters whose 2006 series on international adoption, "Finding Family," won the Chicago Journalists Association's Sarah Brown Boyden Award for Best Series in 2007. He was the writer of "Last Letters Home" on the correspondence of four U.S. soldiers killed in action to their Chicago suburban families, which won the CJA's Sarah Brown Boyden Award for Online Features in 2008 and was named Best Multimedia Story in 2009 by the Illinois AP Editors Association in Division A.

Peterson earned his journalism degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

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Looking back on 50 years of the Hoffman Estates Park District

Jul 29 2014 | 2:48 pm - The Hoffman Estates Park District will mark its 50th anniversary with its Party in the Park on Saturday, Aug. 2 at Highpoint Park, and some of those who remember the entire long journey to this weekend’s celebration are sharing stories of how...

Schaumburg boy described as “true outdoorsman”

Jul 28 2014 | 4:10 pm - Schaumburg police are conducting an investigation into the death of a 12-year-old boy found unresponsive in his home early Saturday morning, but authorities say the cause appears to be medically related. Trevor Labak, who attended Hoover Elementary...

District 211 saves millions fighting tax appeals

Jul 28 2014 | 5:31 am - Since 1998, Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 has spent $1.06 million fighting the tax appeals of commercial property owners, winning back $12.25 million from settled and withdrawn challenges. "We believe it is our duty and our...

New Dist. 211 leader eager for start of new year

Jul 27 2014 | 5:43 pm - Daniel Cates has spent his entire 22 years in education working for Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211, and is about to start his 23rd as its new superintendent. But his passion for education was lit among much humbler surroundings than...

Memorial service set for mom who saved boy

Jul 26 2014 | 7:31 am - A memorial service for Karen Wessel, the Arlington Heights mom who died after heroically saving a 9-year-old boy from drowning in a Wisconsin lake , will be held Saturday, Aug. 2. The service will begin at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Wayside, 434 W.

Donors visit future Ronald McDonald House in Winfield

Jul 19 2014 | 6:40 pm - Major donors and future volunteers of the new Ronald McDonald House Near Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield got a sneak peek Saturday at the construction progress of the 12-family facility nearly seven months before it will open.

Downtown Mt. Prospect fire not labeled arson so far, chief says

Jul 18 2014 | 4:50 pm - Though an Illinois State Fire Marshal’s report classifies a February fire that destroyed a prominent building in downtown Mount Prospect as “incendiary in nature,” Mount Prospect Fire Chief John Malcolm said neither the terms...

Rauner wants freeze on local property taxes

Jul 17 2014 | 6:31 pm - Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner announced details of his job growth and tax reform plan at a Schaumburg business Thursday, including a proposal to require voter approval before any local government can raise its property...

‘80s star Taylor Dayne plays Septemberfest

Jul 17 2014 | 7:42 pm - Late ‘80s and early ‘90s pop star Taylor Dayne will be the third and final headline act at Schaumburg’s Septemberfest during Labor Day weekend. Dayne will perform on the Miller Lite Music Stage from 8:30 to 10 p.m. on the first...

Tumblr convention in Schaumburg implodes

Jul 17 2014 | 9:18 am - A social media convention at the Schaumburg Convention Center last weekend — aimed at Tumblr bloggers and their followers — went horribly wrong when organizers were forced to raise $17,000 on the spot to prevent the event's immediate...

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