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: Investigators seek clues in hazmat deaths; Ingleside victims identified

Aug 28 2015 | 6:02 am - Investigators comb scene for clues in deaths at Des Plaines-area home. Two victims of Ingleside car crash identified. Glen Ellyn mulls how to handle downtown construction zones. Carpentersville receives federal grant for new ambulance equipment.

Drinks events: Happy hour specials returning across suburbs

Aug 25 2015 | 2:49 pm - Rack House welcomes Happy Hour back to Illinois with $5 food and drink specials available from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Grab a friend or seven and play free Egghead pub trivia at Austin’s Saloon and Eatery beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Dining events: Himalayan Restaurant spices up lunch with daily buffet

Aug 25 2015 | 4:43 pm - Himalayan Restaurant in Gurnee and Niles serve a daily lunch buffet of Indian and Nepali cuisine from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $10.95. M Burger opened a sixth Chicago-area location this week — this time at Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora.

Dawn Patrol: Body found along I-290; industrial building burns near Elk Grove

Aug 25 2015 | 5:46 am - Body found along eastbound I-290 identified as Plainfield man. Industrial building near Elk Grove Village burns. Robbery attempted at Batavia AT&T store. North Aurora police seek help finding a man who knocked down woman. Suburban witness on plot:...

Officials: Plainfield man killed along I-290 near Hillside

Aug 24 2015 | 9:31 pm - A man found dead along I-290 near Hillside Wednesday has been identified as a Plainfield man, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

N. Aurora police seek help finding man who knocked down woman

Aug 24 2015 | 8:25 pm - North Aurora police want the public’s help in finding a man who knocked down a woman Sunday near State and Roberts streets on the village’s near west side.

Dining events: School supplies donation = free kids’ meal at Famous Dave’s

Aug 18 2015 | 8:08 pm - Now through Sept. 15, donate back-to-school supplies at any of Famous Dave’s seven Chicago-area locations in support of the Kids in Need Foundation and receive a voucher for a free kids’ meal.

Night life events: It’s mom’s day out Friday in Naperville

Aug 18 2015 | 5:16 pm - Get the kids off to school and then head to downtown Naperville for mom’s day out Friday, Aug. 21. The day includes special shopping sales all day long and drink specials at Jimmy's Grill.

Dawn Patrol: Storm damages Arlington Heights; autopsy for Hoffman Estates man

Aug 18 2015 | 5:54 am - Storm rakes Arlington Heights. Autopsy scheduled today for missing Hoffman Estates man found in Chicago. Woman charged after 2 of 11 dogs left in hot van die. Power mostly restored in downtown Aurora. Calls from ‘sheriff’s...

Power back in downtown Aurora

Aug 18 2015 | 6:45 am - Power has been completely restored n Aurora after an electrical fire in an underground ComEd vault has knocked out power to much of downtown Monday, officials said.

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