Football Focus 2014

Marie Wilson

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Marie Wilson has worked full-time for the Daily Herald since September 2010, and has been covering Naperville since June 2013 after starting in Aurora and Lombard. 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.

Wilson grew up in Wheeling and has known she wanted to be a journalist since 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. In 2013, Wilson received two Peter Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club -- one for her work on a series about Title IX and its effects on gender equality in public education, and another her contribution to coverage of the stabbing deaths of two children in Naperville. Wilson won fourth place in the 2010 Hearst Journalism Awards multimedia competition for a news website she produced about a plan to bring better broadband Internet access to Champaign-Urbana. She was a research and writing assistant for a book about the history of campus architecture at the University of Illinois, which has yet to be published. You can find Wilson on Twitter @mariewilson9 and on Facebook at

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West Chicago kindergarten teacher explains ‘in-depth’ focus on math

Oct 31 2014 | 12:50 am - Teachers have updated their lessons to better prepare students for the math elements of the Common Core, a set of state standards that are more rigorous than previous requirements to help prepare students for college and careers. The Daily Herald...

Improving DuPage scores show ‘teaching math finally makes sense’

Oct 31 2014 | 6:21 am - Students at many West suburban elementary schools are showing more growth in math than in reading despite new math standards educators say are more rigorous and a more difficult test. “We showed growth in math in spite of the introduction of...

27.0 average leads ACT performance in DuPage

Oct 31 2014 | 12:49 am - With average ACT scores as high as 27.0, 25.2 and 25.0, several DuPage County high schools shined on standardized tests taken this spring. Hinsdale Central led the way with an average ACT score of 27.0 among students who took the test this spring,...

New website to promote Naperville charities on ‘Giving Tuesday’

Oct 30 2014 | 4:17 pm - A couple of Naperville nonprofit organizations are creating a “one-stop shop” for the day of donations after Thanksgiving known as “Giving Tuesday,” and they're calling it Naperville Gives. “It’ll give...

DuPage drug cops 'making a difference' in heroin fight

Oct 30 2014 | 5:05 am - In the fight against heroin in the suburbs, the agents of the DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group work in the middle of the supply chain to take down dealers who bring the drug to users in the county. “We are the middle guys,” DUMEG...

North Central, Elmhurst receive state grants for projects

Oct 29 2014 | 12:36 pm - A future park along the Naperville Riverwalk at North Central College and a science center that needs renovations at Elmhurst College both received a boost of state support this week. Gov. Pat Quinn announced a total of $4.3 million in state grants...

Suburban police no longer feeling ‘helpless’ against heroin

Oct 28 2014 | 4:33 pm - Police chiefs who are leading the fight against heroin in the suburbs know it's their job to arrest dealers and users. But there's more to it than enforcement of drug laws, they say. “The law enforcement end, that’s not the solution.

Naperville to seek state money for CSO venue

Oct 28 2014 | 10:29 pm - Naperville officials will ask state lawmakers next year for $12 million to help the Chicago Symphony Orchestra build an outdoor concert venue in their city. “It will be included within our legislative action plan as one of the capital projects...

What counts as ‘earned’ for pensions divides 41st House hopefuls

Oct 27 2014 | 4:30 pm - The Illinois Constitution protects participants in state pension systems from having benefits cut once they are earned. But do future annual 3 percent cost of living adjustments that compound each year count as already earned? Candidates for state...

New brewery brings ‘craft’ to Naperville

Oct 24 2014 | 11:10 pm - Craft is the word at the new Granite City Food & Brewery opening Wednesday in Naperville. “The idea behind it was keeping people here for the craft beer,” said RJ Nab, director of field operations for the Minnesota-based restaurant,...

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