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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!

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Children and family
Children in a Palatine Park District day camp learn how to take care of and ride horses. (Kate Thayer/Tribune)

Horsemanship Day Camp

At the Palatine Park District’s stables, children in the Horsemanship Day Camp learn how to ride horses, and how to care for the animals. The … Read more ›

The new Schaumburg Boomers baseball team gathers for complimentary services from one of their sponsors — Roosters Men's Grooming Center. (Kate Thayer/Tribune)

Boomers get cleaned up

As the 24-member roster of the new Schaumburg Boomers baseball team became official Wednesday, the team gathered for a haircut or shave in preparation to … Read more ›

Police dogs and their officer trainers roam a hallway of lockers at Abbott Middle School in Elgin as part of a random drug search program. (Kate Thayer/Tribune)

Hunt for drugs in schools

Large dogs with police trainers walked through hallways and locker rooms at two Elgin middle schools Thursday, checking for drugs as part of School District … Read more ›

Residents watch fish in a truck-turned-aquarium outside The Centre for the Elgin Green Expo. (Kate Thayer/Tribune)

Downtown aquarium

There’s a 4,000 gallon aquarium in downtown Elgin for the weekend as part of the Green Expo. For the fourth expo, fishermen shocked fish from … Read more ›

Terry Seiffert, pulls debris from a home on the 500 block of Cumberland Trails that was hit by a car driven by an elderly woman on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Elgin. (Stacey Wescott/ Chicago Tribune)

Car crashes into Elgin home

Two people received minor injuries after a car crashed into a house this morning, police said. About 10:30 a.m., an elderly woman driving the car … Read more ›

Schools, Teens
A student in the Pwnage robotics club uses computer-aided design to prepare a robot for competitions. (Photo provided by Denise Haller)

Robot building

The Pwnage robotics club will compete next week at a national robotics competition. The club is made up of about 20 students from several different … Read more ›

U.S. Green Building Council Board Member George K. Tushowski III congratulates Northern Illinois Food Bank staff at its West Suburban Center after it earned LEED Gold Certification. (Photo provided by Northern Illinois Food Bank)

Northern Illinois Food Bank earns green certification

Northern Illinois Food Bank’s West Suburban Center in Geneva is the first new-construction food bank in the country to receive a certification of environmental excellence. … Read more ›

During the Discovery 2012 science exhibit, U-46 students show projects at the Gail Borden Library. (Photo provided by Denise Raleigh/Gail Borden Library)

Science on display

Students in Elgin-based School District U-46 displayed science projects during the Discovery 2012 science expo last weekend. All grade levels showed off their projects depicting various … Read more ›

Elgin police line up in front of their department Friday to honor Cpl. Alex Martinez. (Kate Thayer/Tribune)

Honoring their own

Veteran Dave Starr of Elgin teared up Friday as he waited for a procession honoring Alex Martinez, an Elgin marine who died April 5 in … Read more ›

Clay sculpture by a U-46 student in the Art is Elementary exhibit. (Kate Thayer/Tribune)

Elementary art on display

The second phase of the U-46 “Art is Elementary” show is on display through April 12. Artwork from students at several schools is available for … Read more ›