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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District 95 contesting property value reductions

May 28 2016 | 12:31 am - Lake Zurich Unit District 95 will be part of a process contesting an effort to reduce the values of two commercial properties that could lead to a loss of about $231,000.

Mother of late Army Ranger among CLC Memorial Day speakers

May 27 2016 | 4:36 pm - As the mother of an Army Ranger killed in Afghanistan, Ellen Dimock says she wishes she could change how Memorial Day is viewed by many U.S. citizens. She spoke at Friday’s Memorial Day ceremony at College of Lake County in Grayslake.

Wauconda man accused of being under influence of pot, charged in pedestrian death

May 30 2016 | 10:37 pm - A Wauconda man accused of driving under the influence of marijuana has been charged in a fatal crash with a pedestrian in Volo earlier this month, authorities said.

Lake Zurich house fire under investigation

May 26 2016 | 9:13 pm - An investigation continues into a house fire that erupted Wednesday night in Lake Zurich. Officials said no one was hurt in the fire, but the home was left uninhabitable.

Grayslake Dist. 46 hopes diversity policy boosts achievement

May 26 2016 | 5:53 pm - Grayslake Elementary District 46 is creating a diversity policy that officials say could help boost student achievement. Among the goals and objectives of the proposed policy, as outlined by a committee, are training employees to work with...

Hawthorn Woods gas station, car wash plan on shaky ground

May 25 2016 | 6:48 pm - A proposal for a gasoline station and car wash at the northeast corner of Route 22 and Quentin Road in Hawthorn Woods has landed on shaky ground after a village advisory panel's review.

Hawthorn Woods residents share concern over plan for gas station, homes

May 25 2016 | 9:47 am - Some residents expressed their disapproval Tuesday night over plans for a gasoline station, car wash and homes at Route 22 and Quentin Road in Hawthorn Woods.

Poutine chain coming to Lake Zurich, Naperville

May 24 2016 | 12:58 pm - Ryan Smolkin has tabbed Lake Zurich and Naperville as the right places to start spreading his love for poutine — a Canadian delicacy of fries, gravy and cheese curds — in the Chicago area.

Preckwinkle to Harper grads: Rise above failure

May 21 2016 | 7:56 pm - Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle touched on needing to rise above failure in her commencement address Saturday at Harper College in Palatine.

What’s next for Lake County’s Light the Lamp Brewery, Finch Beer Co.

May 20 2016 | 11:13 am - As Grayslake awaits the planned expansion of a craft brewery, it’s unknown if a similar operation pegged for Long Grove will open.

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