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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Suburban financial advisor sent to prison for fraud

Dec 07 2017 | 1:45 pm - A Deerfield financial advisor was sentenced Tuesday to 55 months in a federal prison on allegations he stole more than $900,000 from a client to fund personal expenses.

Lake County sheriff halts evictions for the holidays

Dec 04 2017 | 6:04 pm - The Lake County sheriff’s office is placing a 15-day moratorium on evictions beginning Dec. 21 to allow financially stressed families to remain in their homes over the holidays.

Schaumburg mom who killed disabled daughter found dead

Nov 26 2017 | 2:49 pm - Bonnie Liltz, the Schaumburg mother ordered to return to prison Monday for killing her severely disabled daughter in 2015, was found dead of an apparent suicide Saturday evening in her Schaumburg home, police said Sunday.

Suburbs, like rest of country, reporting more hate crimes

Nov 16 2017 | 11:37 pm - The suburbs managed to buck a national trend two years ago when it came to the rising number of reported hate crimes across the country. Not so in 2016, according to data released this week by the FBI.

How the Kane County sheriff is bringing drug treatment into school

Nov 03 2017 | 6:13 am - The Kane County sheriff is teaming with a St. Charles substance abuse counseling center and Kaneland High School to offer in-school treatment for kids caught with alcohol or drugs. “They are going to meet me on the street (without...

How cops used a soft sell to make arrests in ‘heinous’ molestation case

Oct 27 2017 | 5:10 am - Some savvy police work, not to mention a top-notch sales pitch, are being credited for the arrests of a suburban couple charged in what Prospect Heights’ top cop calls the most heinous sex case in the city’s history.

Suit alleges Lake County firings were political

Oct 23 2017 | 5:52 pm - Three former Lake County circuit clerk’s office workers filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Circuit Clerk Erin Cartwright Weinstein and her chief deputy, alleging they were abruptly fired last year for supporting another candidate in the...

Suburban police monitoring Ford Explorer carbon monoxide leaks

Oct 19 2017 | 11:03 pm - While some police agencies across the country say their officers are getting sick from carbon monoxide leaking into their Ford Explorer Interceptors, suburban departments that include the popular SUV in their fleets say they’ve managed to...

How an Amtrak employee schemed to take $30,000 from 'Polar Express'

Oct 13 2017 | 5:15 am - A Downers Grove man might end up on Santa’s naughty list for using a beloved “Polar Express” holiday train ride to stuff his own stocking. And what happened to that $1 billion lawsuit against the Kane County jail?

Bank robbery suspect flees, crashes on I-294

Oct 11 2017 | 5:41 pm - Federal authorities filed a bank robbery charge Wednesday against a 46-year-old Chicago man accused of holding up a Lake County bank Tuesday then crashing his getaway car while fleeing police.

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