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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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...

‘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...

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...

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...

Schaumburg wary of LED signs at Streets of Woodfield

Jul 15 2014 | 10:56 pm - Updates to the appearance of Schaumburg’s Streets of Woodfield shopping center are likely on their way this year, but village trustees still need more convincing about two specific aspects of the planned changes. Though they voted 5-0 Tuesday...

Why Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates struggle to land hardware stores

Jul 14 2014 | 4:56 am - With their combined population of more than 125,000 and central location in the Northwest suburbs, Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates have attracted a variety of auto dealerships, high-end stores and restaurants, and the headquarters of major...

Schaumburg mayor honored for support of small business

Jul 08 2014 | 11:51 am - Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson received the 2014 Partner America Small Business Advocate Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Tuesday. The award honors Larson's work to help small businesses in Schaumburg, including the village's micro-enterprise...

Hoffman Estates approves Moretti’s, Whiskey River

Jul 08 2014 | 10:38 am - Moretti’s and Whiskey River restaurants are on track to open in Hoffman Estates this November, bringing the number of eateries at the southeast corner of Higgins and Barrington roads back to five. Village trustees Monday approved site plans...

Neighbors decry car-racing noise at Sears Centre

Jul 05 2014 | 12:05 am - Nearly every weekend from May to October, Hoffman Estates resident John Manfredi and his neighbors endure the whine of high-performance engines and screech of tires racing around the Sears Centre parking lot. The village likes the $50,000 to $70,000...

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