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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$2.5 million bail for Arlington Heights man charged with sexual abuse

Aug 28 2015 | 8:34 pm - An Arlington Heights man was ordered held on $2.5 million bail Friday on charges of sexually abusing a boy and a girl earlier this month.

Affectionate story, lovely songs propel crowd-pleasing ‘October Sky’

Aug 28 2015 | 12:46 pm - "October Sky," Marriott Theatre's charmingly written, artfully composed new musical, is all but ready for lift-off in its world premiere.

Elk Grove Village man gets 4 years in late-night restaurant burglaries

Aug 27 2015 | 8:23 pm - An Elk Grove Village man who admitted breaking into several restaurants last year pleaded guilty Thursday in exchange for a four-year prison sentence.

Theater events: ‘American Idiot’ opens Hypocrites’ 19th season

Aug 25 2015 | 1:07 pm - The Hypocrites snag the rights to the regional premiere of "American Idiot"; Aurora's Comedy Shrine showcases newcomer comedians; and American Blues Theater revives "The Rainmaker" this week in Chicago-area theater.

Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. to close next year

Aug 26 2015 | 6:55 pm - Mary-Arrchie Theatre, a staple of Chicago's storefront theater scene for nearly three decades announced Wednesday it will close next year after its 30th season.

Man charged with threatening suburban woman asks for time to consider plea

Aug 26 2015 | 7:35 pm - A Colorado man who authorities say stalked and threatened a relative asked for more time to consider a negotiated plea deal.

Dogs in hot van in Palatine were ‘suffocating,’ vet testifies

Aug 26 2015 | 2:27 pm - A Cook County judge ruled Tuesday nine surviving dogs found overheated in crates in a van must be forfeited by their owner. Two of the animals died after authorities say Griselda Martinez attempted to transport 11 dogs in 90-degree heat in stacked...

Prosecutors: Streamwood man held on $250,000 bail

Aug 22 2015 | 12:39 pm - A Streamwood man who on 20 occasions failed to show up for court appearances was ordered held on a total bail of $250,000 Friday.

500 welcome Honor Flight participants to Arlington Heights

Aug 22 2015 | 7:53 pm - Cheers and applause greeted 45 veterans who returned to Arlington Heights Saturday after a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., courtesy of the Veterans Network Committee of northern and western Illinois. Throngs of well-wishers carrying American...

Prospect Heights man charged with having child pornography

Aug 21 2015 | 4:38 pm - A 50-year-old Prospect Heights man was ordered held on $100,000 bail Friday after, authorities allege, police found 144 images depicting children engaging in sexual conduct stored on his laptop computer

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