Barbara Vitello

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Barbara Vitello, legal affairs writer and theater critic, joined the Daily Herald in 1997. Assigned to cover arts, entertainment and culture, she served as critic at large until 2008, when she took over the Cook County courts beat.

A Lisagor Award winner, Barbara has bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern University.

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Theater events: ‘Domesticated’ makes Chicago premiere at Steppenwolf

Nov 23 2015 | 11:21 am - “Domesticated,” Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Norris’ play about a political marriage rocked by a sex scandal, makes its Chicago debut at Steppenwolf while Metropolis remounts "A Christmas Carol," this week in Chicago-area theater.

Theater events: Paramount rings in holidays with ‘Christmas Story’

Nov 19 2015 | 2:49 pm - Paramount Theatre in Aurora revives “A Christmas Story — The Musical”; "Plaid Tidings" comes to Steel Beam in St. Charles; and the Metropolis in Arlington Heights welcomes the return of "Defending the Caveman" this week in...

New indictment against Elgin cleric charged with sex abuse

Nov 20 2015 | 3:49 pm - Prosecutors on Friday announced a new indictment against an imam from Gilberts accused of sexually abusing an office worker at the Islamic school he founded in Elgin. The new indictment charges him with sexually abusing a student at the school...

Mount Prospect man pleads guilty to child porn charges

Nov 19 2015 | 6:05 pm - Fernando Devargas of Mount Prospect pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing child pornography and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Attorneys: Aurora cousins to plead guilty in terror plot

Nov 19 2015 | 9:31 pm - Aurora cousins who federal authorities accuse of planning to attack a Joliet military base and join Islamic State militants are expected to plead guilty to the charges next month, prosecutors and a lawyer for one of the men say.

Uber driver sentenced to probation for firing at passengers

Nov 19 2015 | 6:09 pm - An Uber driver who shot at a passenger who shattered his car’s moon roof with a rock in Rollingt Meadows pleaded guilty Thursday to reckless discharge of a firearm.

Judge excludes evidence against Elgin cleric charged with sexual abuse

Nov 18 2015 | 10:38 pm - A paper signed by Mohammad Abdullah Saleem and purportedly listing instances of wrongdoing involving an employee won’t be admitted in his trial on sexual abuse charges. Saleem is the founder and former director of the Institute of Islamic...

Holiday theater shows offer something for everyone

Nov 18 2015 | 11:44 am - Theater lovers can enjoy all manner of holiday offerings — from classic tales to satirical sketches — close to home this year. Here are our suggestions for not-to-be-missed suburban and Chicago shows.

One of three fictitious Gliniewicz ‘suspects’ files suit

Nov 13 2015 | 8:35 pm - A Fox Lake man who claims he was one of three people referred to by police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz before the officer killed himself has filed suit against Gliniewicz's estate and the village of Fox Lake.

Woman charged in death of disabled daughter back in court

Nov 12 2015 | 8:12 pm - Onlookers crowded a Rolling Meadows courtroom Thursday expecting a resolution to the case of a Schaumburg woman who authorities say killed her severely disabled adult daughter and tried to kill herself. But a judge delayed the case, saying he wants...

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