2014 election guide

Joe Aguilar

Lake County High School Sports Coordinator
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Joe Aguilar joined the Daily Herald as an assistant high school sports editor, serving as its first Lake County sports coordinator, in January 2001. He oversees our daily prep sports coverage in Lake County, assigning reporters and photographers to games, in addition to editing copy and writing game stories and columns. Joe anchors our prep football Web videos. Since 2006, he has been part of our Chicago Bears coverage and has made frequent television guest appearances on ABC 7's morning news shows.

Joe has covered professional golf, including multiple PGA Championship and U.S. Open tournaments, as well as the 2009 Solheim Cup, the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals and assisted with Cubs and White Sox games. He also lived the dream of skating in Wrigley Field in advance of covering the 2009 Winter Classic between the Blackhawks and Red Wings. In 2009, he served as a guest speaker at the University of Missouri during National Hispanic Month.

A native of Chicago and a lifelong Chicago sports fan, he grew up in Mundelein and attended Mundelein High School. He graduated from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb with a major in communications. He began his professional career as a radio sportscaster before embarking on his sports-writing career with the Waukegan News-Sun. He worked 11 years, including five as an assistant sports editor, for Pioneer Press Newspapers before joining the Daily Herald.

Joe and his family live in McHenry.

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Healthy playoff start for James, Lakes

Oct 31 2014 | 11:45 pm - A new season — playoff football — delivered a healthy and revitalized Izayah James. “I feel like a whole brand-new person,” said Lakes’ junior running back, whose injured hip limited him to only special-teams...

Grayslake North nets share of FVC Fox title

Oct 25 2014 | 12:16 am - If a relentless Woodstock North team with its season on the line wasn’t ample reason for concern for Grayslake North, there sat Titus Booker. His left leg stretched across the Knights’ bench with a bag of ice under his hamstring. Turns...

Football: Scouting Week 9, Lake County

Oct 23 2014 | 8:23 pm - Here's a look at what to expect from Week 9 of the high school football season from the perspective of teams in the North Suburban Conference, plus Carmel Catholic, Grayslake Central and Grayslake North.

Girls tennis: Winning feels familiar for Grant’s Schoenberg

Oct 23 2014 | 10:58 pm - Grant sophomore Gaby Schoenberg is among the Lake County competitors who've earned the opportunity to play for a second day in the girls tennis state tournament.

Football Focus: Week Nine Preview

Oct 24 2014 | 10:31 am - Football Focus preview of week nine of the high school football season. Joe Aguilar visit Rolling Meadows where the playoff-bound Mustangs go for a conference title 3-peat in a game against Hersey. But the Huskies can clinch a playoff berth with a...

Bears’ Ratliff a sad sacker

Oct 19 2014 | 5:40 pm - Neither the lumberjack-thick, curly beard, nor the smeared eye black that blended in with his wild whiskers masked a smile on Jeremiah Ratliff’s face. There was none. There was only disappointment on Ratliff’s battle-worn mug. The big...

Wauconda reverses fortunes against Round Lake

Oct 18 2014 | 8:19 pm - Last-second losers each of its last two games, Wauconda this time played the role of heartbreaker at the end of a half. The only difference was that there were still another 24 minutes of football to play on Round Lake’s homecoming Saturday.

Grayslake North sparkles in victory over Grayslake C.

Oct 18 2014 | 12:03 am - Titus Booker held aloft the crosstown rivalry trophy decorated with a shiny football atop of it and ran toward the visiting side bleachers. “Score a touchdown with it, Titus!” a teammate yelled, as every Grayslake North player followed...

Libertyville gets a kick out of Chartier’s successes

Oct 16 2014 | 8:31 pm - Move over, Riley Lees. Those cheers — maybe the loudest of the night during Libertyville’s 55-0 win over visiting Mundelein on homecoming last Friday — were for Corbin Chartier. The 5-foot-3, 120-pound, goggles-wearing Chartier...

Collective effort powers Libertyville

Oct 11 2014 | 12:00 am - QB Riley Lees explored both sides of the field in putting on another dizzying offensive show that helped Libertyville (5-2, 3-2 North Suburban Lake) become playoff-eligible on its homecoming night with a 55-0 victory over Mundelein.

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