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Kate Thayer

TribLocal reporter
I cover Elgin and St. Charles for the Tribune and TribLocal.
I first came to the Tribune in August 2010, and am a graduate of the University of Iowa and the University of Illinois-Springfield's Public Affairs Reporting graduate school program.
Besides local government and school news, I have experience covering courts and politics across the Chicago area and beyond.
I look forward to your story ideas!

Stories & Events

Crime, Crime

Engagement ring, other items stolen from home, and more

The following items were taken from Palatine Police reports on June 26. Burglary An engagement ring, valued at $2,500, and a video game system, valued … Read more ›

Mary Applegate works in a ceramics class at Harper College. An exhibit showing Applegate's work is on display at the college. (Kate Thayer/Tribune)

Harper exhibit honors octogenarian art student

Mary Applegate carefully molds scored pieces of clay until they start to take shape into a holder for writing utensils. The octogenarian Palatine artist called … Read more ›

Crime, Crime

Man sells stolen lawn mowers at flea market, and more

The following items were taken from Palatine Police reports on June 19. Theft A 64-year-old Palatine man was arrested about 11:42 a.m. June 10, and … Read more ›


New faces join Barrington 220 this summer

Several administrators will join Barrington 220 schools, beginning July 1. Cynthia Armendariz-Maxwell will be the director of English Language Learner Programs. Armendariz-Maxwell, who most recently … Read more ›

Arts, Children and family

Palatine Park District arts scholarship recipient of store fundraiser

As a way to promote the arts, a Deer Park store chose a Palatine Park District scholarship program to benefit from an annual fundraiser. Brighton … Read more ›

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