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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Transgender student’s graduation won’t end District 211 lawsuit

May 22 2017 | 9:54 am - Plaintiffs in a lawsuit contesting transgender access to locker rooms and bathrooms in Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 say they will not be dropping the suit just because the specific student whose access most inspired it is graduating...

Schaumburg considering 3-cents-per-gallon gas tax

May 19 2017 | 6:14 pm - Schaumburg trustees will vote Tuesday, May 23, on whether to impose a 3-cents-per-gallon motor fuel tax to sustain a recent $2 million increase in the village’s annual street repair program.

Bar Louie to replace Uno Pizzeria in Schaumburg

May 18 2017 | 4:27 pm - A Bar Louie restaurant is expected to open sometime this summer on the site of the recently shuttered Uno Pizzeria & Grill on the outskirts of Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.

Bartlett approves new, larger police station

May 17 2017 | 12:22 pm - Bartlett trustees Tuesday unanimously approved a new police station next to village hall that will be more than double the size of the facility that occupies the site today.

Arends’ daughter succeeds her as Bartlett trustee

May 17 2017 | 8:36 pm - Dr. Kristina Gabrenya, daughter of the late, longtime Bartlett village trustee T.L. Arends, will succeed her mother on the village board.

Schaumburg takes next step toward performing arts center

May 16 2017 | 11:54 pm - Schaumburg trustees voted 5-1 Tuesday to recommend moving forward to the next step of consideration for a performing arts center intended to compete in the Chicago theater market and attract more visitors and businesses to the village.

Schaumburg cracking down on roadway panhandlers

May 15 2017 | 5:00 pm - Schaumburg police recently adopted a no-tolerance policy for solicitors and panhandlers asking for donations along the Route 53 frontage roads and ramps between Golf and Higgins roads, and believe word-of-mouth is already having a deterrent effect.

Hoffman Estates opts out of wage, sick-leave laws

May 15 2017 | 10:21 pm - Hoffman Estates Monday joined a growing number of Northwest suburbs in opting out of Cook County’s pending minimum-wage hike and requirement of paid sick leave for part-time workers which both take effect July 1.

Schaumburg entertains taking on Chicago theater market

May 15 2017 | 3:22 pm - As Schaumburg officials weigh whether to build a $70 million, 2,800-seat performing arts center to compete with theaters in Chicago, industry experts say it's a tough market to crack.

Schaumburg taking aim at prostitution with steep fines

May 12 2017 | 4:54 pm - Schaumburg police hope steep fines will deter prostitution in the village, at least in comparison to the effect the lack of monetary punishment has had in the past three years.

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