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Madhu Krishnamurthy

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Madhu Krishnamurthy is a staff writer who currently covers governments and schools, including Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Elgin Area School District U-46 and Huntley Unit District 158.

Previously, she was a reporter for the area of Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Rosemont and environs, as well as human interest, political stories, and diversity topics.

Madhu joined the Daily Herald in 2000 in the Lake County bureau. After eight years there, she joined the Cook County staff in January 2009. Madhu is one of a few mobile-journalists at the Daily Herald producing multimedia projects including her own photos and videos. She chairs the Editorial Diversity Committee and is a member of the Paddock's companywide Diversity Committee whose goals are to broaden employees' understanding of the various cultures represented within and reflect the diversity of the communities it serves through its news products. Madhu has done extensive work covering issues facing the Muslim, Arab, Latino and Hindu communities in the suburbs.

She has been a frequent guest on ABC 7 Chicago News, and has given several radio interviews about her exclusive news reports. Madhu was a finalist for the 2010 Peter Lisagor Award for Best Investigative Reporting, and was part of a team of reporters who won the 2010 Lisagor Award for Best Deadline Reporting.

Prior to joining the Daily Herald, she worked at The Edmond Sun, a small daily newspaper covering Edmond, Okla. There she worked as a writer, copy editor and paginator, designing and laying out the front and inside sections of the paper every day. She interned at the Daily Oklahoman and The Edmond Sun after graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1998 with a bachelor of arts in newspaper journalism. She is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association-Chicago and the South Asian Journalists Association.

She speaks four languages: English, Hindi, Urdu and Tamil, and is currently learning Spanish. Madhu grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where her interest in journalism was first sparked by watching 24/7 CNN coverage of the Persian Gulf War.

A first generation immigrant to the U.S., Madhu lives on Chicago's Northwest side. To view Madhu's professional Facebook page, visit DhMadhuKrishnamurthy or follow her on Twitter at dh_madhuk.

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Kane County trustee races heating up, as candidate filing ends

Dec 22 2014 | 6:20 pm - A slew of candidates seeking seats on village boards in Kane County dashed to clerks offices Monday on the last day for filing petitions for the April 7 election. Several hotly contested mayoral and trustee races are in the offing, including Elgin,...

Minorities now the new majority in many suburban schools

Dec 21 2014 | 12:06 am - There are more minority students in Illinois than their white counterparts, and more than 50 percent of students now come from low-income families. Suburban educators are adjusting to the demographic shift. Of the change and the challenge, Glenbard...

Algonquin freezing 2014 tax levy

Dec 18 2014 | 5:26 pm - Algonquin is looking to collect roughly $5.4 million in property taxes from residents in Kane and McHenry counties. The village board this week approved freezing the current property tax levy for the 2014 tax year.

Suburban districts get funding boost for preschool programs

Dec 16 2014 | 3:20 pm - Elgin Area School District U-46 and Hampshire-based Community Unit District 300 are among 26 statewide recipients of $80 million in federal funding for early childhood education programs. More than $226 million in Preschool Development Grants was...

Fundraiser Thursday for Streamwood girl with cerebral palsy

Dec 16 2014 | 12:57 pm - Heritage Elementary School in Streamwood is hosting a fundraiser Thursday for a student in need of a wheelchair-accessible van. Proceeds from the “Family Movie Night” will help the family of Riley Woznicki, a first-grader with spastic...

Fox Valley municipal, school board races spark interest

Dec 15 2014 | 7:18 pm - It wasn’t a mad rush, yet a number of candidates vying for seats on village and school boards throughout the Fox Valley turned out Monday for the first day of filing petitions for the April 7 election. Among the municipal races,...

U-46 bilingual instructional coach honored

Dec 15 2014 | 1:35 pm - Andrea Gaitán-Bustos, a bilingual instructional coach in Elgin Area School District U-46, recently received a Special Recognition Award from the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation. She was nominated by state Rep. Fred Crespo for her...

Sleepy Hollow again considers seeking tax increase

Dec 12 2014 | 10:19 am - Sleepy Hollow is likely to againask residents to approve a property tax hike in April. In November, voters overwhelmingly rejected the village’s request for an 82 percent property tax increase that would have nearly doubled what they now pay.

I-90 ramp closures at Route 47 start Monday

Dec 11 2014 | 10:12 pm - Starting Monday, there will be temporary, overnight ramp closures at the Route 47 interchange on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (Interstate 90). Crews will be installing and testing tolling equipment, closing one ramp at a time. Electronic message...

ECC, Judson to host fall graduations this weekend

Dec 10 2014 | 11:06 pm - More than 800 students will receive degrees or certificates from Elgin Community College and Judson University in Elgin during fall commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday, respectively.

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