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Heather Leszczewicz

Community Producer
My name is Heather Leszczewicz. I'm a TribLocal community producer for the northwest suburbs. I handle about 20 websites daily and run two newspapers. I'm the specific contact for Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove, Hoffman Estates, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Streamwood and Wheeling.

I know there are plenty of stories out there that are worth sharing, but how to let people know what's happening isn't always easy. That's why TribLocal exists. I'm here to help you share your stories, photos and events with your neighbors and the community.

I've always wanted to be a writer. I started out my career running online newsletters in grade school and then moved onto school newspapers. I got my degree in journalism from Marquette University in Milwaukee. I've worked for OnMilwaukee.com and the Chicago Sun-Times Media Group.

I'm a big believer in social media. I love to read. I am a TV fiend. I follow pop culture. I am a listener of all types of music. I'm a movie buff.

Stories & Events

The Chicago skyline and swimmers are lit by the setting sun off Westchester, Ind. (Alex Garcia /Chicago Tribune) (Alex Garcia, Chicago Tribune / June 27, 2012)

101 degrees today? Maybe, maybe not

Even though downtown Chicago baked in 97-degree heat at midday, the National Weather Service said it was looking less likely — but still possible — … Read more ›

Illinois State Sen. Suzi Schmidt (R), Lake Villa , leaves the Lake County Courthouse following her arraignment today on charges of criminal damage to property and trespassing. (Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune / June 27, 2012)

State Sen. Schmidt allowed back home, but no contact with neighbors

State Sen. Suzi Schmidt has been cleared by a judge to return to her home near Lake Villa following her arrest this month involving an … Read more ›


Scorcher: Thursday will be hottest day in nearly 7 years

Thursday is shaping up to be the hottest day in nearly seven years, with highs of 100 degrees or more that could set a new … Read more ›


Cook County property values going down, but tax bills headed up

When Cook County homeowners get their property tax bills in about a week, most will owe more than last year despite continuing decreases in their … Read more ›

Crime and police
Jan Bartels, right, gets a hug from friend Debbie Minette on Monday as she leaves the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, where Joseph Messina went on trial on charges of aggravated battery against Bartels' son, Eric, who was left blind and paralyzed after being attacked in 2009 outside a Mokena bar. (Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune / June 25, 2012)

Remark about T-shirt sparked man’s damaging punches in Mokena, witness testifies

The two punches that left a south suburban project engineer blind and paralyzed came as three people enjoying a summer night took shelter from the … Read more ›

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