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Sara Hooker

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Sara Hooker currently works as a breaking news beat reporter on Monday and Wednesday nights, and writes dining and drink columns for the Daily Heraldís entertainment section, as well as edits stories for Reflejos.

Sara began her career with the Daily Herald in 2004 as a reporter in the DuPage County bureau covering the communities of Glen Ellyn and Glendale Heights. In 2005, she began covering Indian Prairie School District 204.

In 2007, following the birth of her oldest child, she went part-time and has since worked on various web projects, editing and story assignments.

Prior to joining the Daily Herald, Sara worked as a reporter and editor at Southern Illinois University Carbondaleís college paper, the Daily Egyptian.

Sara earned a bachelorís degree in journalism from SIU and a masterís degree in public affairs reporting from University of Illinois Springfield.

As part of the masters program at UIS, Sara completed an internship in the Daily Heraldís Springfield bureau covering statehouse politics.

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Dawn Patrol: Three fires in St. Charles; Libertyville to reconsider gambling

Aug 28 2014 | 5:47 am - St. Charles firefighters battle three fires in one day. Libertyville to reconsider video gambling ban. Waukegan robberies linked to others, police say. Joseph Academy closes DuPage location. Naperville man killed in crash. Palatine man pleads not...

Dawn Patrol: Suburbanite wins Emmy; grandson charged in murder

Aug 26 2014 | 5:42 am - Suburban native wins Emmy for ‘Modern Family.’ Grandson charged in slaying of 85-year-old East Dundee woman. Arlington Heights picks developer for Golf Road site. Lake Zurich District 95 puts new heat policy into effect on first day.

Storms cause flight cancellations, delays; maybe rain overnight

Aug 25 2014 | 11:34 pm - A band of thunderstorms that traveled through the area in early afternoon caused delays at both airports and a severe thunderstorm watch has been extended for some areas through 11 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Dawn Patrol: UBERx driver sued over crash; Cubs game resumes today

Aug 21 2014 | 5:55 am - Giants’ rain-delay protest upheld; Cubs game will conclude today. Crash forces evacuations in Hoffman Estates. Deceased cabbie’s son sues UberX driver. Archdiocese clears former Schaumburg pastor of abuse. Metra could get extra RTA...

Bat bite puts theatergoer on rabies treatment program

Aug 21 2014 | 5:40 am - A woman who was bitten by a bat Sunday at Palatine's Cutting Hall is now on a rabies treatment program. Joan Walsh says she felt something scratch her inner thigh shortly after sitting down in her seat and then another sharper scratching on her...

Crash forces evacuations in Hoffman Estates

Aug 20 2014 | 6:10 pm - One person was injured and five homes evacuated when a car crashed into a garage in Hoffman Estates early Wednesday morning, fire officials said.

Dawn Patrol: U-46 deals official; DUI charges after vehicle on playground

Aug 19 2014 | 5:54 am - U-46 leadership, teacher deals approved. Aurora man faces alcohol-related charges after driving onto playground. Man found on CTA tracks was electrocuted. Data breach might affect Vista patients. Arlington Heights OKs downtown apartments.

Dining events: Tomatoes galore at Francesca’s in Bolingbrook

Aug 18 2014 | 1:28 pm - Through the end of August, stop by Tomato Fest at Francesca’s at The Promenade in Bolingbrook, where all things tomato take center stage. Also, Weber Grill locations celebrate 25 years with a handful of themed specials.

Man found dead on CTA tracks was electrocuted

Aug 18 2014 | 8:28 pm - A 23-year-old man found on the CTA tracks in Rosemont early Sunday morning died accidentally of electrocution, the cook county medical examiner’s office said.

Night life events: $5 margaritas and a view at Fox Lake's El Puerto

Aug 15 2014 | 6:25 am - Enjoy the view at El Puerto Mexican Restaurant at Leisure Point in Fox Lake. Stop in for $5 margaritas, all day every day, to sip while noshing on items from the extensive menu.

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