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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!

All Published 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 ›

A rendering of the proposed National Veterans Museum in Hoffman Estates – near the Sears Centre. (Provided by National Veterans Museum)

Hoffman Estates site envisioned as veterans museum setting

On a vacant parcel of land near the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, a group led by a musician-turned-financier-turned-fundraiser envisions an interactive museum that would, … Read more ›

Children in the Barrington Park District Discovery Camp play a game of dodge ball with their counselors in Citizens Park. The park district will have a celebration next month in honor of the park's five year anniversary. (Kate Thayer/Tribune)

Party planned to celebrate 5 years of Citizens Park

The Barrington Park District will celebrate one of its most prized parks during an anniversary party next month. Executive Director Teresa Jennings said there will … Read more ›


Boy’s bike stolen, girl’s bike left in its place, and more

The following items were taken from Palatine Police reports on June 12. Theft A red and black BMX boy’s bicycle, valued at $159, was stolen … Read more ›

Health and fitness

NCH: New mobile app makes patient life easier

In an effort to cater to patients’ technology-based lives while promoting preventative health, Northwest Community Hospital recently released a mobile application for use on Apple … Read more ›

Schaumburg’s farmers market began last week and runs Fridays through October. This year’s market features new vendors offering items like gluten-free baked goods and flavor-infused olive oils. (Photo provided by Village of Schaumburg)

Schaumburg farmers market adds new, trendy items

Planners of this year’s farmers market in Schaumburg say there are new items that match growing trends in food. The market, which began last week, … Read more › 1 comment