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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Schaumburg looking for Miss Septemberfest 2014

Jul 31 2014 | 6:06 pm - All the musical acts, carnival rides and food vendors are booked, but Schaumburg’s annual celebration of summer’s final days still needs its Miss Septemberfest to represent the three-day event. Applications are due by next Friday, Aug.

Man charged with DUI after driving into Barrington Hills pool

Jul 31 2014 | 10:52 am - A Schaumburg man escaped injury but was charged with drunken driving after his car plunged into the swimming pool behind a Barrington Hills home early Thursday morning. Bikramjit S. Sian, 30, was pulled from the water by the home's owner after...

Man who shot CEO was from Tower Lakes

Jul 31 2014 | 9:13 pm - A demoted worker from Tower Lakes shot and critically wounded his company’s CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday, police said. Friends of Tony DeFrances expressed shock at his role in the shooting. "They’ve been our neighbors...

Vandals target Rolling Meadows site where trees removed

Jul 30 2014 | 7:11 pm - Vandals spray-painted graffiti on a vacant house and landscaping equipment at a construction site in Rolling Meadows where neighbors last weekend protested the razing of old trees to clear the way for new homes. The graffiti includes statements such...

Hoffman Estates fire lieutenant charged with battery

Jul 30 2014 | 4:56 pm - A Hoffman Estates fire lieutenant is scheduled to return to court Friday, Aug. 1, on a misdemeanor charge of battery, stemming from an allegation he pushed and punched a Bartlett man last month during a traffic altercation in Hoffman Estates.

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.

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