Bob Susnjara

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Bob Susnjara is a reporter covering village governments, schools and other issues in Gurnee, Grayslake and other parts of Lake County.

Since joining the Daily Herald in September 1999, he has written several significant stories that include revealing peculiar spending of activity fund money by former principal Philip Roffman at Warren Township High School in Gurnee. In 2005, Roffman pleaded guilty to illegally using $400 on Steppenwolf Theatre Co. tickets for family and friends.

Susnjara also wrote stories raising questions about the validity of "blue ribbon awards" given by a paid consultant to schools at Grayslake Elementary District 46. The stories also showed how District 46 spent public money to collect the awards as part of the consultant's conventions in South Carolina and Florida. Susnjara makes periodic appearances on behalf of the Daily Herald on ABC-7's Sunday morning newscast and on WBBM 780-AM.

Before joining the Daily Herald, Susnjara spent time at the Waukegan News-Sun and wrote a popular sports media column for the Copley News Service that used to be affiliated with the paper. He often was called on to discuss columns with former Chicago radio sports-talk host Chet Coppock and others.

Susnjara earned a radio-television communications major and a journalism minor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

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Solar panels at Grayslake high schools get tentative village OK

Jun 28 2016 | 4:43 pm - Plans to install solar panels at Grayslake’s two high schools to help provide lower-cost power have received a tentative thumbs-up from the village board.

Gurnee reviews accomplishments, goals for new 5-year strategic plan

Jun 27 2016 | 10:57 pm - Gurnee Village Administrator Patrick Muetz said a goal of the new five-year strategic plan was to make sure it didn’t gather dust.

Lake Zurich joins effort to save monarch butterflies

Jun 25 2016 | 6:35 am - Lake Zurich will be part of a suburban push to help save monarch butterflies.

Lake Zurich schools bid farewell to retiring superintendent

Jun 24 2016 | 3:48 pm - Lake Zurich Unit District 95 board members bid farewell to Superintendent Michael Egan, who starts his retirement next week after a 40-year education career.

Feds: Lake Forest ticket business used in scheme that duped athletes

Jun 24 2016 | 8:56 am - A Lake Forest business is at the root of what federal officials allege was a Ponzi-like scheme that duped professional athletes out of millions of dollars.

Craft beer, healthier food in plan for Lake Zurich's Consume

Jun 22 2016 | 4:43 pm - Craft beer, healthier food and a small shop with packaged brews will be part of a bar-restaurant expected to open in Lake Zurich next month.

Ela Townwship planning fields with youth sports in mind

Jun 22 2016 | 11:05 pm - Ela Township Supervisor Lucy Prouty says a need for more athletic fields to help Lake Zurich-area youth sports drove the purchase of 10 acres for $490,000 just outside the village in unincorporated Lake County.

Gas station, car wash dropped from Hawthorn Woods development plan

Jun 21 2016 | 5:53 am - Plans for a gasoline station and car wash no longer are part of a development proposal that would include homes at the northeast corner of Route 22 and Quentin Road in Hawthorn Woods. Many residents still don’t like the plan.

Panera Bread Co. opens in Lake Zurich

Jun 21 2016 | 4:37 pm - Lake Zurich received another fast-casual dining option in the village's Rand Road corridor Tuesday. Panera Bread Co. opened on Rand just north of Route 22.

Revised plan for houses, commercial development rolls on in Hawthorn Woods

Jun 21 2016 | 4:41 pm - A development team expects to return before the Hawthorn Woods village board this summer to seek final approval for houses and commercial lots proposed for the northeast corner of Route 22 and Quentin Road.

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