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: Start July 4th weekend with live music, drink specials

Jun 29 2015 | 8:09 pm - Sealed With a Kiss plays at Diamond Jim’s in East Dundee beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, July 3. Eat and drink al fresco with Independence Day drink specials on the patio Saturday, July 4, at Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse in Oak Brook.

Dining events: Summer dishes kick it up a notch at Seasons 52

Jun 29 2015 | 3:02 pm - Seasons 52 in Schaumburg and Oak Brook haul in the summer flavor with several new seasonal menu items, including the new Asian-glazed Chilean sea bass, the lobster pappardelle and the Maple Leaf Farms Chili-Glazed Duck Flatbread.

Dawn Patrol: Elgin cop dies after deer crash; man shot by police to face charges

Jun 25 2015 | 5:59 am - Elgin police officer dies after off-duty collision with deer. Addison man shot by Crystal Lake police officer to face charges. 180 days jail, probation for repeat McHenry horse abuse, neglect. Chapa LaVia first to announce Aurora mayoral bid. Three...

Night life events: Go sleuthing at Martini Room’s ‘Mystery and a Martini’

Jun 24 2015 | 2:58 pm - Join the “Mystery and a Martini” dinner and drinks event at the Martini Room beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 28. It’s four hours of mystery entertainment, a catered dinner, hors d’oeuvres and a specialty cocktail, all while...

Three suffer minor injuries in Schaumburg crash

Jun 24 2015 | 7:19 pm - A two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon in Schaumburg sent three people to nearby hospitals.

Elgin police officer dies after off-duty collision with deer

Jun 24 2015 | 9:57 pm - Elgin officials observed a moment of silence at Wednesday night's village board meeting for an off-duty police officer who died after his motorcycle struck a deer.

Dawn Patrol: Ex gets 47 years in murder; new trial requested in day care killing

Jun 24 2015 | 6:09 am - Ex-boyfriend gets 47 years for slaying of Woodridge woman. New trial request filed in Lincolnshire day care killing. Mental health advocates hope Wheeling apartments just the beginning. Constable: Time has run out for Confederate flag in suburbs.

Motorcyclist hurt in Route 59 crash near W. Chicago

Jun 24 2015 | 6:27 pm - A motorcyclist was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after a crash involving a car near West Chicago.

Dining events: Buca di Beppo adds new summer dishes

Jun 23 2015 | 10:52 am - Buca di Beppo has added three new summer dishes to the menu: spicy chitarra al pomodoro, the fresh garden pappardelle, and the pancetta and arugula pizza. Plus, Taco in a Bag has relocated to Chicago.

Dawn Patrol: Mundelein mayor urges Norton to resign; Cook County sales tax could go up

Jun 23 2015 | 6:10 am - Mundelein mayor urges Norton to resign. Preckwinkle floats sales tax hike for Cook County. No signs of trauma in fatal crash near McHenry. Hanover Park man charged in Bloomingdale arson. Chicago man pleads guilty to Wheeling home invasion. Woodridge...

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