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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Dining events: Ted’s Montana Grill bids farewell to summer with specials

Sep 22 2016 | 2:42 pm - Ted’s Montana Grill gives summer one last hurrah with three unique specials. Bricks Wood Fired Pizza Cafe’s pizza of the month is the Diavola. And it’s only $12.

Dawn Patrol: Jamie Lee Curtis brings book to Naperville

Sep 23 2016 | 6:07 am - Jamie Lee Curtis brings ‘This is Me’ to Naperville. Union claims unsafe working conditions at Lake County jail. Man, brother-in-law sentenced in fraud case. Elgin man sentenced to prison for 8th DUI. Vote nears on Geneva...

Night life events: Hofbrauhaus keeps the Oktoberfest party going

Sep 19 2016 | 9:28 pm - Hofbrauhaus Chicago in Rosemont celebrates Oktoberfest with an entire month of specials. Snuggery Schaumburg goes country Friday, Sept. 24, with an evening of cowgirls and cocktails.

Union claims unsafe working conditions at Lake County jail

Sep 22 2016 | 8:07 pm - Union leaders for Lake County Jail employees said Thursday that staffing shortages and mandated overtime are making for unsafe working conditions at the jail.

Man, brother-in-law sentenced in fraud case

Sep 22 2016 | 7:17 pm - A Des Plaines man was taken into custody Thursday after he and his brother-in-law pleaded guilty last week to defrauding the state of more than $450,000 in sales tax from their Crystal Lake gas stations, officials said.

Dining events: Restaurant Michael hosts Wednesday wine dinner

Sep 19 2016 | 7:47 am - Restaurant Michael in Winnetka partners with Terlato wines and the Wilmette Wine Cellar for a wine dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Night life events: It’s Oktoberfest time at Glenview House

Sep 14 2016 | 10:47 am - Celebrate Oktoberfest at Glenview House’s annual tent party from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Celebrate halfway to St. Patty’s Day at Dutch Inn West on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Dawn Patrol: Rolling Meadows bank robbed

Sep 13 2016 | 6:02 am - Rolling Meadows bank robbed. Auction of former Gliniewicz tribute car hacked. Dist. 128 to add transgender support guidelines. Kane County public defender’s office loses dedicated, kind mentor. Chicago Cubs’ Hendricks just misses...

Rolling Meadows bank robbed

Sep 12 2016 | 7:37 pm - A man wearing a white hard-hat robbed a bank in Rolling Meadows Monday afternoon.

Auction of former Gliniewicz tribute car hacked

Sep 12 2016 | 7:33 pm - An eBay auction of a car originally sold to benefit the family of disgraced Fox Lake police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was hacked Monday morning, causing the sale to have to reset at its starting value.

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