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Harry Hitzeman

Senior Writer

Harry Hitzeman joined the Daily Herald reporting team in December 2000 and now covers the Kane and McHenry county judicial systems, as well as the towns of Campton Hills and Wayne.

Previously, he covered Elgin, South Elgin, Gilberts and Geneva. He also covered municipal matters, education, crime and development, and wrote feature stories for Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Lombard, Villa Park, Warrenville and West Chicago over the course of six years. He has appeared on ABC 7 and WBBM radio to promote the paper's suburban focus.

Hitzeman earned a bachelor's degree in print journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with concentrations in political science and philosophy. Hitzeman was born and raised in Naperville and worked two years as a staff writer for the Naperville Sun before joining Paddock Publications.

He lives in Kane County and has volunteered as a coach for the Tri-Cities Soccer Association.

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Elburn vet who sells cats sues to stop anonymous complaint websites

Apr 17 2014 | 1:20 pm - An Elburn veterinarian who also sells ragdoll cats has sued to find out who created several websites and orchestrated a campaign that she says hurt her reputation. Jennifer A. Creed, owner of A+ Pet Vet and Dr. Jenn's Ragdolls, seeks unspecified...

Ex-carnival worker gets 25 years in 2008 St. Charles stabbing

Apr 16 2014 | 5:14 pm - A former carnival worker was sentenced to 25 years in prison Wednesday for the 2008 stabbing death of Naromi Mannery, 28. Arthur Manning, 62, was convicted of Mannery's death in 2009, but an appellate court reversed it. Manning, who told police in a...

Decades-old St. Charles home plan moves forward; storage area next

Apr 16 2014 | 5:56 pm - Cliff McIlvaine, a St. Charles man who first began a home addiiton project in 1975, finalized an agreement Wednesday with the city to wrap up the project this summer. He also plans to build a storage facility that will have an area larger than 600...

Authorities want repeat sex offender committed after prison release

Apr 15 2014 | 2:53 pm - The Illinois Attorney General's Office is seeking to have a 49-year-old Aurora man classified as a sexually violent person and detained indefinitely by the state's Department of Human Services. Joseph Gonzalez is set for release from prison at the...

Elgin man charged with 5th DUI

Apr 14 2014 | 2:30 pm - A 48-year-old Elgin man was charged Saturday with his fifth DUI and driving with a blood alcohol concentration more than three times the legal threshold. William L. Bush Jr. faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of aggravated DUI. He was being...

Two men charged in Elgin knife fight

Apr 14 2014 | 3:46 pm - Two Elgin men are charged in connection to a knife attack on Sunday morning. Edwin Y. Vega, 21, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and Omar Monroy, 21, faces charges of cocaine possession. Both men are charged with mob action in...

Elgin man charged after car smashes into house

Apr 13 2014 | 6:31 pm - A 35-year-old Elgin man who went to prison for fighting with emergency crews responding to a 2009 fire at his parents’ Elgin home is in trouble again. James R. Beavers Jr. was arrested April 4 and charged with driving under the influence...

Fitness evaluation ordered for 2012 Batavia murder suspect

Apr 10 2014 | 6:19 pm - A fitness evaluation has been ordered for Latoya Baines, a Batavia woman accused of the spring 2012 stabbing death of her boyfriend because she thought he was cheating. The murder of Gerald J. Jackson was Batavia's first murder since 2004.

Jail, probation for man wounded in 2012 North Aurora drug robbery

Apr 11 2014 | 4:19 pm - One of two men wounded in a 2012 drug-related shooting in North Aurora pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to 160 days in jail and 18 months probation. Baldemar A. Aguilar, 25, also must pay $3,200 in fines and court costs.

Another pact reached in decades-old St. Charles home project

Apr 11 2014 | 7:38 pm - An agreement has been reached in an effort to have Cliff McIlvaine, who was first issued a permit for a construction project at his St. Charles home in 1975, to finish work this summer and eventually erect a storage facilty for vehicles and...

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