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Harry Hitzeman

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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 man charged with father's murder wants statements banned from trial

Aug 26 2016 | 5:53 pm - An Elburn man accused of beating his father to death in February wants his statements to police banned from trial.

Batavia youth theater company sued for stage injury

Aug 25 2016 | 10:43 am - A girl and her parents are suing the Batavia-based Spotlight Theater Company for damages, arguing she was injured while serving as a crew member during the February 2015 production of “Aladdin” at the Batavia High School Fine Arts...

Carpentersville woman charged in sister’s slaying wants new psychological evaluation

Aug 24 2016 | 12:54 pm - A 55-year-old Carpentersville woman charged with stabbing her sister to death in 2014 wants a second psychological evaluation done to determine if she is fit for trial.

Woman on ‘last chance’ probation over prescription pills arrested in Elgin

Aug 23 2016 | 7:36 pm - A 41-year-old Fox Lake woman accused of trying to illegally obtain prescription drugs Sunday in Elgin could face upgraded charges based on past convictions.

10 years in prison for $1.4 million marijuana bust near Aurora

Aug 19 2016 | 5:51 pm - A 64-year-old man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to his role in a $1.4 million, 157-pound marijuana bust near Aurora, according to Kane County court records.

Police: Grandson’s bragging raised suspicions in East Dundee slaying

Aug 18 2016 | 7:28 pm - A Texas man accused of killing his grandmother in July 2014 at her East Dundee home drew suspicions of police when he volunteered a restaurant credit card receipt as an alibi — just after he bragged to authorities he normally paid for...

Charges dropped against St. Charles brothers over indoor marijuana farm

Aug 17 2016 | 2:28 pm - Kane County prosecutors have dismissed charges against two St. Charles brothers arrrested in late 2015 on charges the possessed marijuana and had an indoor grow farm.

Ex-Elburn cop pleads guilty to child rape as victim testifies

Aug 16 2016 | 12:51 pm - A former Elburn police officer accused of raping a girl he knew over a 10-year period pleaded guilty Tuesday in the middle of his trial, just as the victim was about 20 minutes into her testimony.

Trial begins for former Elburn cop accused of child rape

Aug 15 2016 | 7:59 pm - A former Elburn police officer raped and sexually abused a girl he knew for 10 years, beginning in second grade in a bathroom at a birthday party, prosecutors said Monday in the trial of David Wright.

Retired Kane County judge who died remembered for kindness, knowledge

Aug 15 2016 | 2:14 pm - Leonard Wojtecki, a retired Kane County associate judge and Geneva resident, died over the weekend. Colleagues recalled him as a mentor with a kind and gentle demeanor who they relied on.

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