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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Aurora standoff ends with four in custody

Jun 18 2017 | 10:14 am - Charges are pending against two men and two women involved in a five-hour standoff Saturday in Aurora that included police firing multiple gunshots at one of the suspects, authorities said Sunday.

Buffalo Grove woman’s killer can seek freedom in just 6 months

Jun 15 2017 | 11:32 pm - The man who killed a Buffalo Grove woman in a random interstate shooting last year was sentenced this week to 40 years in a mental health institution. But he could begin seeking his freedom in as little as six months. And every six months after that.

Libertyville District 128 school board member, secretary indicted on perjury charges

Jun 14 2017 | 5:37 pm - A longtime school board member and an administrative secretary in Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 have been indicted on perjury charges stemming from documents filed ahead of April’s election, Lake County authorities...

Kane County inmate suing jail for $1 billion over not being allowed to vote

Jun 02 2017 | 9:02 am - It seems our political divides are everywhere these days. Why should jail be any different? An inmate at the Kane County jail is suing the facility for $1 billion, claiming he was mocked by a Trump-supporting correctional officer and denied an...

Schaumburg mother ordered back to prison for disabled daughter's death

May 19 2017 | 8:02 am - Bonnie Liltz, the Schaumburg mother convicted of manslaughter in the 2015 death of her severely disabled daughter, could soon be headed back to prison after an appeals court denies her bid for a reduced sentence.

Suburban cop, Special Olympian star in Dunkin’ Donuts ad

May 11 2017 | 11:31 pm - A new ad for Dunkin’ Donuts’ May 19 “Cop on a Rooftop” fundraiser for Special Olympics features a couple of familiar faces in DuPage County law enforcement circles, Charles Keeshan and Susan Sarkauskas write. And crooked...

How a suburban man fell victim to online romance scam

May 05 2017 | 8:18 am - Romance gone bad can hurt your bottom line as much as your heart, as a Sugar Grove man recently found out. He's one of thousands to fall prey to romance scams that cost Americans more than $230 million last year.

College student from Arlington Heights dies at fraternity event

May 02 2017 | 1:06 pm - Kamil Jackowski, a 19-year-old college student from Arlington Heights, died over the weekend while attending a fraternity event in Missouri, authorities said Monday.

Suburban police choose distracted driving flyers over tickets

Apr 27 2017 | 11:17 pm - While most police forces are ticketing during a statewide campaign against distracted driving this week, officers in West Dundee are handling out flyers with information about the dangers. “I get out to a lot of serious crashes, so this hits...

Suburban chiropractor, relatives imprisoned for $10.8 million fraud

Apr 26 2017 | 7:39 pm - A suburban chiropractor and his brother and father were sentenced to prison Monday for their roles in a phony billing scheme that bilked insurance carriers out of more than $10.8 million, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced Wednesday.

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