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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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12-year-old girl who drowned in Arlington Heights pool identified

Aug 19 2014 | 10:39 pm - A 12-year-old Chicago girl pulled from a pool in an Arlington Heights apartment complex Monday afternoon was pronounced dead Tuesday, police said. Although police continue to investigate, no foul play is suspected and the pool where the drowning...

Roosevelt University leaving most of Schaumburg campus

Aug 20 2014 | 8:47 am - Roosevelt University will eliminate many of the programs at its Schaumburg campus, relocate numerous faculty and try to rent its facilities there as part of a wider effort to focus resources on the school’s main Chicago campus, according to...

When suburbs compete for acts, music fans win

Jul 02 2014 | 2:20 pm - Not so long ago, suburban festivalgoers were content to sit back on their blankets or lawn chairs and watch a local cover band, a has-been one-hit wonder or some high schoolers in the town's battle of the bands. No more. As the suburbs — and...

Officials ID Cary girl killed when falling tree lands on tent

Jun 02 2014 | 1:02 pm - Authorities have identified the 10-year-old Cary girl who was killed in a Wisconsin state park early Sunday morning when storms toppled a large tree onto a tent where she and two family members were sleeping. The girl, Allison Spahr, was pronounced...

DNA testing may identify missing Des Plaines woman

Apr 09 2014 | 12:12 pm - It could be several more days, or even weeks, before authorities can determine through DNA testing whether a body found Sunday along the shores of Lake Michigan in Evanston is that of a Des Plaines woman missing since late February, police said...

Oklahoma lab played crucial role in breaking case

Apr 08 2014 | 7:55 pm - Police officers, detectives, forensic technicians and other law enforcement officials have spent countless hours over the past 17 years seeking answers to the question of who killed Amber Creek. But it was the work of a criminalist at a forensics...

Suit alleges officials conspired to cover up truth about Mt. Prospect man’s death

Mar 24 2014 | 5:00 pm - The mother of a Mount Prospect man killed in 2004 during an altercation with former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew filed a federal lawsuit Monday morning accusing Chicago police, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s...

Daily Herald, Shaw launching “Chicago Football” magazine

Mar 18 2014 | 7:23 am - The Daily Herald and Shaw Media are teaming to launch a new magazine and website focusing on all levels of football in the Chicago area, and featuring the expert analysis of Hub Arkush, former Pro Football Weekly writer Kevin Fishbain, Daily Herald...

Maryville nurses strike outside Des Plaines hospital

Mar 10 2014 | 5:15 pm - Nurses from Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital ans their supporters walked picket lines outside the Des Plaines facility Monday, launching what’s expected to be a five-day strike in protest of what they call unsafe staffing levels and...

Widow files suit in Palatine trash compactor death

Feb 13 2014 | 5:06 pm - The widow of a legally blind Palatine man killed last year after he fell into his condominum building’s trash compactor while searching for a lost cellphone filed suit this week against the building’s management and homeowner’s...

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