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Marie Wilson

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Marie Wilson has worked full-time for the Daily Herald since September 2010. She has been covering Naperville since June 2013 after starting in Aurora and Lombard. At the Herald, she has been part of coverage teams that have won five awards for public service, community service, non-deadline and deadline reporting and education reporting. Her work on the 2014 series “Heroin in the Suburbs: Through their Eyes” netted three of those awards, including recognition from the Chicago Headline Club, Illinois Associated Press Media Editors and the Illinois Press Association.

Wilson lives in Lisle and grew up in Wheeling, where she decided she wanted to be a journalist when she was 12. Before coming to the Daily Herald full-time, she interned as a reporter at the Naperville Sun, Daily Herald and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Her work also has appeared in the Champaign News-Gazette, The Daily Illini and the Wheeling Countryside. She graduated tied for first in class rank from the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2010, with a major in News-Editorial Journalism and a minor in Gender and Women's Studies.

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How rise in opioid deaths takes toll on funeral home operators

Jul 21 2018 | 11:39 pm - Forced to deal with deep and complex grief after opioid overdose deaths, funeral home operators say they are strained by the continuing epidemic that heightens the emotions of an already heartfelt business.

Casten, Roskam debate spending bill to strengthen election security

Jul 21 2018 | 5:42 pm - The federal government needs to spend more on protecting elections, protecting democracy, Democrats Dick Durbin Sean Casten say.

Will road projects outweigh density concerns about Naperville subdivision?

Jul 19 2018 | 4:55 pm - A subdivision that could bring 702 houses and $4 million of road widenings and extensions to Naperville got a split vote and no recommendation from the planning and zoning commission.

Naperville annexing sites for future flooring showroom

Jul 19 2018 | 4:09 pm - The Route 59 site of a future carpet and granite showroom cleared a technical zoning hurdle and now is joining the city of Naperville.

Whirlyball bringing game center to Naperville

Jul 19 2018 | 4:40 pm - Whirlyball plans to bring a new spot to have “the most fun you can have going 4 mph” in Naperville with a new facility near Topgolf.

Suburban radio pro now leading Naperville college station

Jul 18 2018 | 1:01 pm - He was Josh Cooper at Star 96.7, and now he’s back to being Zachary DeWitz as he leads the radio station WONC at his alma mater, North Central College.

‘It really touched my heart’: How volunteers helped a man with cancer enjoy Ribfest

Jul 18 2018 | 11:19 pm - By showing kindness, organizers of suburban festivals help make the experience meaningful and memorable for people like Tina Hornung from Indiana, whose husband has cancer.

What leadership means to Naperville veterans

Jul 18 2018 | 11:13 am - Leadership means discipline, integrity, service, effort and selflessness in the eyes of veterans who shared their leadership tips with young Naperville workers.

Naperville addressing noise concerns for new hockey, concert venue

Jul 18 2018 | 2:02 pm - Naperville City Council members unanimously gave the go-ahead for development of a new ice arena and concert venue, asking the builder to add more trees to buffer sound from reaching a nearby senior living community.

After 9 months of talk, Developer now creating concepts for 5th Avenue redevelopment

Jul 18 2018 | 11:14 am - Developer Ryan Companies is hitting the drawing board to begin creating concepts for new uses on 13 acres near the Naperville train station.

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