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Charles Keeshan

Deputy City Editor
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Charles Keeshan has been deputy city editor for the Cook County edition of the Daily Herald newspaper since 2010. Previously, he worked out of the newspaper's Fox Valley bureau. As a reporter, he covered McHenry County, concentrating on legal affairs, crime and county government. He covered the courts and crime beat starting in 2001, adding county government to his responsibilities in 2004.

Prior to reporting on McHenry County, Keeshan worked as a general assignment reporter covering major issues and breaking news in and around Elgin. He also previously covered the villages of Huntley and Lake in the Hills, as well as Community Unit Community Unit District 300 and Huntley Unit District 158.

Keeshan joined the Daily Herald in 1997 after two years at the Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, where he covered state and federal courts systems in Illinois and Iowa, as well as the city of Moline. He also previously worked at the Streator Times-Press in central Illinois. Keeshan graduated from Marquette University with a degree in journalism while also majoring in political science. He grew up in Arlington Heights, attending St. James Elementary School and St. Viator High School.

Among his earliest work experiences was subbing for friends on their Daily Herald paper routes. He now lives in Algonquin.

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Buffalo Grove to appeal pension ruling for firefighter who died from cancer

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How medical marijuana and a big safe brought Miami burglary crew to the suburbs

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May 22 2018 | 8:17 pm - A man and a woman wearing red masks and armed with an AK-47 military rifle held up a Gurnee bank Monday morning in what the FBI is describing as a takeover robbery.

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Apr 22 2018 | 7:20 pm - Aurora Public Library officials apologized Sunday and removed a poetry exhibit amid harsh criticism that it included an Islamophobic display encouraging violence against Muslim women.

Legislation would let police withhold arrest details for weeks

Apr 13 2018 | 8:45 am - The public has a right to know whom their police officers are arresting and for what, but they might have to wait weeks after an arrest to find that out, under a measure proposed by a downstate lawmaker. The proposal has won support from some...

Police: Driver in Rand Road crash left injured girlfriend behind

Apr 04 2018 | 7:11 pm - A 29-year-old man is facing multiple charges alleging he was driving drunk early Monday when his car crashed into a wooded area in Des Plaines, then fled the scene, leaving his injured girlfriend behind.

Why a convicted killer claimed he got off easy with 47-year sentence

Mar 30 2018 | 8:28 am - Why would a convicted murderer file an appeal arguing that his 47-year prison term is too light? In the case of Adam D. Belmont — locked up for the 2012 slaying of former girlfriend Alyssa Van Meter in Woodridge — it may have been a sly...

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