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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District 211 plans for summer, decade of capital projects

Feb 19 2017 | 4:19 pm - Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 officials are looking ahead to future capital improvements, from maintenance projects for the coming summer to an early staff recommendation for a new 10-year plan.

Fatal Des Plaines crash eyewitness: Car ‘was speeding so fast’

Feb 17 2017 | 8:31 pm - Marian Petruta knew something was seriously wrong from the moment he saw the Mercedes-Benz’s headlights racing toward him on Northwest Highway. Soon, Petruta heard a crash and explosion.

Paramedics rescue woman who fell through ice in Bartlett

Feb 17 2017 | 1:53 pm - A 20-year-old woman was treated for hypothermia after falling through the thin layer of ice on a thawing pond in Bartlett Thursday morning.

How new technology helped solve cold case of long-missing Streamwood teen

Feb 17 2017 | 6:09 am - New technologies — from forensic facial reconstruction to the internet — finally helped identify the body of a teenage boy found in rural North Carolina 33 years ago as that of a onetime Streamwood resident.

Buffalo Grove student who works on autism, heroin abuse wins Roosevelt award

Feb 15 2017 | 12:01 am - Her work with autistic youth and organizations that advocate for substance abuse treatment has earned Jessica Santini of Buffalo Grove Roosevelt University’s Matthew Freeman Social Justice Award. “I don’t look at it as work that...

Suburban businesses learn about new immigration, Cook County rules

Feb 16 2017 | 2:43 pm - New sources of uncertainty for Northwest suburban businesses — from Cook County rules on minimum wage and sick leave to the impact of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies on current and prospective employees — made the...

Second Ricky Rockets station proposed in Hoffman Estates

Feb 14 2017 | 12:28 am - Ricky Rockets Fuel Center aims to touch down at a second site in Hoffman Estates and anchor the planned redevelopment of two corners of the intersection of Golf and Barrington roads.

Better festival deal sought for Hoffman Estates Beer Garden

Feb 14 2017 | 9:36 pm - Hoffman Estates officials have recommended the seasonal Hoffman Estates Beer Garden on the Village Green near the Sears Centre Arena be cut a better deal for its participation in the Northwest Fourth Fest in July, which would allow it to cover its...

Hoffman Estates firefighter on way to work saves Elgin man

Feb 09 2017 | 5:21 pm - Hoffman Estates firefighter Evan VonQualen was commended by Fire Chief Jeff Jorian and the village board this week for helping save the life of an Elgin resident — not to mention his pet cats — while driving to his paid position in...

Barrington-area mayors report on state of the region

Feb 08 2017 | 1:07 pm - Leaders of nine villages in the greater Barrington area shared annual progress reports on their communities at an economic summit hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning.

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