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: Fight to fund schools in Springfield; Elgin city manager leaving

May 27 2016 | 12:59 pm - Fight to fund schools takes center stage in Springfield. Elgin city manager leaving for new job in North Carolina. Suburbanites Floyd Brown, Tom Petersen to join WGN Walk of Fame. Tollway leaders still pushing forward on Route 53 study.

Night life events: Evenflow intros new singer-songerwriter series Saturday

May 25 2016 | 11:17 am - Evenflow Music and Spirits in Geneva introduces a new singer-songwriter series beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 28. Koopa and Los Mysterios play Bandito Barney’s in East Dundee from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 29.

Dining events: Sullivan’s wants your wackiest steak ideas

May 26 2016 | 9:34 pm - Sullivan’s Steakhouse wants to know your wackiest steak creation. Babcock’s Grove House recently opened in downtown Lombard offering casual dining with a focus on fresh, wholesome and homemade.

Multiple I-290 crashes leave no serious injuries

May 27 2016 | 12:39 am - Nobody was seriously injured in a series of car crashes in a construction area on I-290 Thursday evening, Illinois State Police officers said.

Dawn Patrol: Naperville apartment fire; cell tower plan rejected in Mundelein

May 24 2016 | 5:40 am - Mundelein trustees reject cell tower plan. Authorities: Lindenhurst man made bombs to kill multiple people, himself. Marklund closing Wood Dale resale store. Fundraiser for Elk Grove boy close to its goal. Mundelein school’s bomb threat...

Mundelein school’s bomb threat unfounded, police say

May 23 2016 | 5:02 pm - Mundelein police investigated a bomb threat at Carl Sandburg Middle School today and determined it was unfounded, police said.

Investigation continues into Naperville apartment fire

May 24 2016 | 8:53 am - Fire investigators are expected to return to a 16-unit two-story apartment building in Naperville that was heavily damaged by fire overnight, officials said.

Motorcyclist critically injured in Wadsworth crash

May 23 2016 | 8:43 pm - A motorcyclist was critically injured in a crash Monday in Wadsworth at North Delany and Wadsworth roads, police said.

Dining events: Friday lunch date at Chandler’s

May 20 2016 | 7:10 am - Make it a lunch date at Chandler’s Chophouse with the Legacy Girls, playing music from the 1930s and ’40s. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 20, with the show beginning around 1 p.m.

Night life events: Thursdays are ladies’ night at MT Barrels

May 18 2016 | 4:13 pm - It’s ladies’ night every Thursday at MT Barrels in Schaumburg. Catch the tail end of craft beer week at Fox & Hound with $5 drunken chicken tenders appetizers and $5 craft beers through Saturday, May 21.

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