Laura Milbrath Stewart

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Laura Stewart, editorial assistant and feature writer, joined the Daily Herald in 1999, in the paperís Lake County bureau in Vernon Hills.

There, she worked as a community news coordinator and reporter, covering everything from village board meetings (for Third Lake) to Neighbor feature stories.

In January 2002, Stewart moved to the features department at the Daily Herald's office center in Arlington Heights. There, her main focus was working for the TimeOut! entertainment guide, putting together weekly entertainment pages and writing feature stories for both the TimeOut! and the Suburban Living sections.

She has interviewed many celebrities for feature stories, ranging from entertainers such as Jane Seymour, Bill Cosby and Martin Short to author and attorney Caroline Kennedy.

Many of Stewart's own favorite stories are on the somewhat quirkier side -- features on "Granddad," the oldest fish at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium and the racing pigs at the Lake County Fair (which was picked up by The Associated Press) were a couple of her favorites. Stewart also has written theater and movie reviews for the TimeOut! section.

She is currently working to getting a children's book published -- a lifelong dream.

Stewart graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a major in journalism and a minor in English. There, she worked for the college's newspaper, the Daily Egyptian, for four years, and received the William Lyons Journalism Scholarship. Before joining the Daily Herald, Stewart wrote business policies and procedures for Culligan International Co., then located time in Northbrook.

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Jul 19 2017 | 4:32 pm - Cirque du Soleil finds inspiration from the culture, beauty and wildlife south of the border for “Luzia — A Waking Dream of Mexico.” More on this and other fun events.

Weekly picks: RiverEdge rocks with Steve Miller, Peter Frampton

Jul 19 2017 | 1:51 pm - The Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton bring classic rock to RiverEdge Park in Aurora Thursday. More on this and other fun events.

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Jul 18 2017 | 1:48 pm - A Bengal tiger show and a science/interactive game area are two of the newest events offered at this year’s Kane County Fair.

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Jul 14 2017 | 10:09 am - Local musicians, singer-songwriters, dance troupes and more vie for a top slot at the Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent Top 15 show tonight at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg. More on this and other fun upcoming events.

Suburban county fairs mix new attractions with returning favorites

Jul 19 2017 | 11:34 am - This summer, county fairs offer everything from a concert by country duo LoCash to a Bengal tiger show. But there are also plenty of racing pigs, bucking broncos and funnel cakes, too.

Author events: Meet Chris Colfer, Michael Connelly in Naperville this week

Jul 14 2017 | 12:52 pm - Actor Chris Colfer discusses his newest “The Land of Stories” book Tuesday, July 18, at North Central College in Naperville. Best-selling author Michael Connelly talks about his new book Friday, July 21, in Naperville.

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Jul 14 2017 | 10:35 am - Costumed animals will steal your heart at the Pet Parade, part of the weekend-long Windmill City Festival at the Batavia Riverwalk. More on this and other fun upcoming events.

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