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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Prosecutors want maximum sentence for Aurora terror plotter

Aug 22 2016 | 8:42 am - Federal prosecutors are seeking the maximum 30-year prison sentence for an Aurora man who they say conspired with his cousin to conduct a terrorist attack on the Illinois National Guard base in Joliet in the name of the Islamic State, according...

Cops & Crime: $60,000 bail for a frosty beer out of stranger’s fridge?

Aug 19 2016 | 1:13 pm - In their inaugural Cops & Crime column, Charles Keeshan and Susan Sarkauskas write about a woman who was sent to jail on $60,000 bail on charges she stole a frosty beer from a home in Wheeling. They also look at a suburban group that might end up...

Man charged in Streamwood wedding reception brawl

Jul 05 2016 | 8:55 pm - A 42-year-old California man is facing a misdemeanor battery charge after police say he repeatedly struck another man early Saturday during a brawl at a wedding reception in Streamwood.

Mundelein trustee to challenge Lentz for mayor’s office

Jul 03 2016 | 5:41 pm - A Mundelein village trustee who upset some fellow town leaders last month with plans for community forums on how to stage public protests and assert one’s rights when dealing with police, will challenge incumbent Steve Lentz for the...

Vernon Hills man charged with sex assault of teen

Jun 30 2016 | 7:10 pm - A 21-year-old Vernon Hills man was in custody at the Lake County jail Thursday facing multiple felony charges alleging he sexually assaulted a teenage girl he met through Facebook earlier this week, police said.

Man shot by Palatine police facing attempted murder charge

Jun 20 2016 | 2:57 pm - A Chicago man shot in the leg by Palatine police Thursday night while trying to flee arrest is facing attempted murder and aggravated assault charges alleging he tried to run over two police officers during his bid to escape.

Police: Driver who died after crashing into Barrington school was fleeing hit-and-run

May 11 2016 | 5:12 pm - A driver who died Monday after slamming his SUV into a Barrington school was fleeing from the scene another crash nearby when he lost control of the vehicle and struck the building, authorities say.

Lawsuit claims police fabricated evidence leading to wrongful murder conviction

May 03 2016 | 6:05 pm - A former Waukegan man freed from prison last year after serving more than 15 years in prison for a murder he did not commit is suing Lake County, the city of Waukegan and more than a dozen current and former law enforcement officers alleging they...

Body pulled from Lake Michigan identified as missing Palatine man

May 03 2016 | 10:29 am - A body pulled from Lake Michigan last week near Grant Park in Chicago has been identified as that of a Palatine man who went missing more than two months ago, authorities said Tuesday.

Injured hockey player Matt Olson returns to Minnesota

Apr 12 2016 | 6:18 pm - A junior league hockey player paralyzed after suffering a devastating on-ice injury at Hoffman Estates’ Sears Centre Arena is back home in Minnesota continuing his recovery, according to a statement from his parents Tuesday. “We would...

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