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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Dawn Patrol: Lombard fire destroys garage

Feb 05 2016 | 9:03 am - Ex-Aurora man gets 6 years for child sex abuse. Officials: Lombard fire destroys garage, vehicle inside. Ex-Carol Stream library board president put family first, was ‘straight talker.’ Ex-Palatine man who decapitated mom gets supervised...

Night life events: Schaumburg’s Level 257 hosts Mardi Gras Masquerade

Feb 04 2016 | 12:59 pm - PAC-MAN leads the Mardi Gras Masquerade celebration beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Level 257 in Schaumburg. Plus other fun night life events happening this weekend.

Dining events: Enjoy Gene & Georgetti’s new lounge offerings

Feb 03 2016 | 2:08 pm - Gene & Georgetti’s offers a new prime time menu in its lounge area. Get some authentic Fat Tuesday eats Feb. 9 at Elgin Public House.

Officials: Lombard fire destroys garage, vehicle inside

Feb 04 2016 | 6:02 pm - A fire Thursday morning destroyed a Lombard garage and the vehicle inside, causing about $50,000 in damage, fire officials said.

Dawn Patrol: Cruz wins, Dems tie; alderman charged again

Feb 02 2016 | 5:40 am - Iowa: Cruz triumphs for GOP; Clinton, Sanders in ‘virtual tie.’ Aurora council member accused of shoplifting again. Special Olympics events called off for today. U-46 will expand dual language program. District 128 again looking at new...

Waukegan offers amnesty for unpaid tickets

Feb 01 2016 | 6:08 pm - The city of Waukegan is giving out second chances to anyone facing the boot or a suspended driver’s license due to unpaid tickets, officials said.

Special Olympics events called off for Tuesday

Feb 01 2016 | 7:07 pm - The Special Olympics has canceled Tuesday’s Winter Games events in Galena in response to anticipated hazardous weather that could make travel dangerous, officials say.

FBI investigating Naperville bank robbery

Feb 01 2016 | 11:52 pm - A US Bank branch on Naperville’s southwest side was robbed Monday evening, the Naperville Sun reported.

Aurora council member accused of shoplifting again

Feb 01 2016 | 6:27 pm - An Aurora City Council member has been charged with retail theft for stealing from a Meijer store in her ward for the second time since 2013, police said.

Dawn Patrol: Son of disgraced Fox Lake cop will not face charges

Jan 29 2016 | 5:39 am - Lake County, Army not pursuing charges against Gliniewicz son. Illinois EPA will require Barrington gas station to fund cleanup. Wisconsin man guilty of disorderly conduct for threat against North Central College. Deputies, police dog find drugs in...

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