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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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Wheeling sued by family of man killed by police SUV

Sep 17 2014 | 11:04 pm - Family members of a Des Plaines man struck and killed by a Wheeling police vehicle Sunday morning have sued the village of Wheeling, claiming the officer driving had acted recklessly and negligently. The suit further claims that investigators left...

Schaumburg considers limits for roadside memorials

Sep 17 2014 | 12:20 am - Roadside memorials often follow in the wake of suburban traffic fatalities, but regulation of them is rare throughout the region. After much discussion Tuesday, Schaumburg trustees opted to recommend a 90-day time limit on such memorials. “I...

Hoffman Estates officials counting on Sears staying

Sep 16 2014 | 4:41 pm - Hoffman Estates government and business leaders said they’re confident about Sears Holdings Corp.’s continued presence in the community, despite news the company needed a $400 million loan from its CEO. “There would be a...

Wheeling officer who struck pedestrian was chasing traffic violator

Sep 15 2014 | 4:08 pm - A veteran Wheeling police officer was pursuing a traffic violator when his SUV struck and killed 20-year-old Des Plaines resident Fredi Morales early Sunday morning, officials said Monday. Morales' death was ruled an accident Monday by the Cook...

State legislators respond to local business concerns

Sep 12 2014 | 6:15 pm - State legislators discussed topics including workman’s compensation reform, rolling back the 2 percent increase in the state income tax, the perceived finality of the 2014 pension reform bill and the relative level of difficulty in starting a...

Hoffman Estates police chief Hish retiring Friday

Sep 11 2014 | 6:46 pm - Hoffman Estates Police Chief Mike Hish will retire Friday, about four years after he was chosen to replace the then retiring Clint Herdegen. While Herdegen became chief of the Libertyville Police Department, Hish on Monday will become an officer in...

Schaumburg library celebrates banned books

Sep 11 2014 | 4:31 pm - The Schaumburg Township District Library is helping teens and adults celebrate their right to read this September through a monthlong expansion of the national Banned Books Week. In addition to programs, an exhibit of reader "mug shots" is displayed...

Current Roosevelt students can finish degrees in Schaumburg, officials say

Sep 11 2014 | 4:32 pm - Roosevelt University students beginning degree programs at the Schaumburg campus this fall will be able to complete them there, despite the school’s plans to pull many of its programs out of the site, officials said Thursday. That commitment...

To students today, 9/11 is like ancient history

Sep 11 2014 | 9:50 am - Fremd High School social studies teacher Jason Spoor-Harvey was leading classes on Sept. 11, 2001, and he could see the shock and changed perspectives of the students he had that day. “We’re no longer the country that’s never...

Employees sickened at Michaels store in Schaumburg

Sep 11 2014 | 10:58 am - Straw or hay that was being unwrapped for Halloween decorations at a Michaels store in Schaumburg may be to blame for several employees falling ill and, in three cases, being hospitalized Wednesday morning, officials said. The store at 1420 E. Golf...

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