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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Night life events: Empire coming to Naperville

Jul 28 2015 | 5:35 pm - Sit down with a friend or four and try one of e + o’s specialty carafe cocktails for $20.

Dawn Patrol: Harry Volkman ‘seriously ill’; hotel robbed near Elk Grove Village

Jul 28 2015 | 6:00 am - Hotel robbed near Elk Grove Village. Harry Volkman ‘seriously ill,' according to family. Garage fire damages Campton Hills house. Police presence shuts down McLean Boulevard in South Elgin. Grocery store ‘long time coming’ to...

Garage fire damages Campton Hills house

Jul 27 2015 | 7:13 pm - A garage fire that extended into a house in Campton Hills Monday afternoon caused $50,000 in damage and left the home uninhabitable, St. Charles fire officials said.

Police presence shuts down McLean Boulevard

Jul 27 2015 | 10:49 pm - Police investigating a suspicious item in South Elgin have McLean Boulevard shut down near Kane and Spring streets. The item, being investigated as an explosive, was found outdoors, officials said.

Dining events: Sullivan’s serves up summer surf & turf special

Jul 21 2015 | 1:03 pm - Now through Labor Day, Sullivan's Steakhouse chef Brian Gray cooks up the summer fling surf and turf special at the Lincolnshire locale.

Harry Volkman ‘seriously ill,’ according to family

Jul 27 2015 | 7:25 pm - Legendary Chicago meteorologist Harry Volkman is “seriously ill,” according to his friends and family.

Hotel robbed near Elk Grove Village

Jul 27 2015 | 11:21 pm - A Days Inn near Elk Grove Village was robbed at gunpoint Monday evening, Cook County sheriff’s officials said.

Night life events: Warren’s hosts Tap Takeover & Burgerfest

Jul 21 2015 | 8:49 am - Through July 31, Warren’s Ale House in Wheaton is hosting the Illinois Tap Takeover and BurgerFest. More than 20 Illinois breweries will be featured on Warren’s taps with different craft burger specials created by chef Mark Downing to...

Dining events: Take time out for Sunday brunch at Pinstripes

Jul 19 2015 | 2:18 pm - Do Sunday brunch at Pinstripes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday. The spread includes carved prime rib, flatbreads, omelette bar, made-to-order waffles, a chocolate fountain and more.

Night life events: Country star Josh Gracin comes H.O.M.E. Friday

Jul 14 2015 | 5:49 pm - Josh Gracin plays Arlington Heights' H.O.M.E. Bar with his band Six String Crossing beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, July 17. O’Toole’s of Libertyville hosts its grand opening Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, with prizes and giveaways.

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