Kerry Lester

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Kerry Lester is a columnist and senior writer who focuses on the people who make the suburbs unique.

Lester, formerly the Daily Herald's political editor, returned to the paper in 2015 after several years with the Associated Press.

In her years as a reporter, Lester has netted a number of statewide and national scoops, including the first sit-down interview with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk following his 2012 stroke, one-on-one interviews with presidential candidates, and breakthrough reports on the state budget crisis and power struggle in Illinois' newly divided government.

She is proudest of a four-year project looking into a 2008 knife attack on an Elgin High School teacher from the perspectives of the teacher, the student who committed the crime, and the school district. Her subsequent investigation into school safety practices led to a 2012 change in state law.

Lester has received awards from the Chicago Headline Club, the Chicago Journalists Association and the Inland Press Association. She appears frequently on local and national television and radio programs and has moderated a number of political debates.

A native of Des Plaines, Lester is a proud graduate of St. Viator High School, Villanova University and The Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, where briefly working for a newspaper deepened her commitment to community journalism.

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Lester: Cubs loss sad but not ‘heartbreaking,’ say moms who know the difference

Oct 19 2016 | 8:56 pm - Friends Barb Tsutsumi, Kathy Volz and Sherry Sichak have survived a lot of things that are heartbreaking. And the Cubs losing a game isn’t that, they say.

Rauner to sign executive order on regulations at COD Monday

Oct 16 2016 | 5:40 pm - Republican Gov. Bruce Raunner plans to sign an executive order Monday at the College of DuPage that’s aimed at cutting bureacratic red tape.

Report: Catholic schools in Cook, Lake show high lead levels in water

Oct 14 2016 | 1:10 pm - Forty Archiocese of Chicago schools in the suburbs had lead levels that exceeded federal standards in at least one sink faucet or drinking fountain, columnist Kerry Lester writes. Schools in Elk Grove Village, Park Ridge and Round Lake had the...

Duckworth: Ease political polarization by improving local economy

Oct 12 2016 | 6:26 pm - Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Tammy Duckworth said Wednesday that the best way to ease a polarized political climate is to improve the economy locally.

Suburban Republicans in Congress weigh words on Trump carefully

Oct 12 2016 | 6:31 pm - Several suburban Republicans in Congress would not say Monday whether they are following House Speaker Paul Ryan in his decision not to defend or campaign for their party’s nominee for president.

Lester: 40 suburbs see spike in violent crimes in 2015

Oct 10 2016 | 9:59 am - Violent crimes increased last year in half of 80 suburbs, says a new report by the FBI we’ve been analyzing. Property crimes increased in more than 40 percent of the suburbs, columnist Kerry Lester writes.

Kirk says police are too militarized

Oct 07 2016 | 11:49 pm - Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said Friday that “too many police departments are militarized” and that more training is needed to improve relations between minority communities and police across the country.

Lester: Cullerton attacks opponent for extra exemption he also got

Oct 06 2016 | 12:27 am - A candidate for state senate is attacking his opponent for taking an extra homeowner exemption that he also received, columnist Kerry Lester writes. Plus, an Arlington Heights attorney argues before the Supreme Court, a scholarship honors the late...

Lester: Will Roskam debate for first time in 8 years?

Sep 29 2016 | 6:23 am - Could there be a debate between U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam and his Democratic opponent for the first time in eight years? A coalition of suburban League of Women Voters groups is pushing hard for one, columnist Kerry Lester writes. Also, a drop in state...

Union County judge schedules Oct. 5 meeting for Duckworth suit

Sep 24 2016 | 8:41 am - A month after their deadline to submit a settlement agreement, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth and two downstate women whose suit against her goes back to 2007 are scheduled to be back in court Oct. 5.

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