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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St. Charles man faces more armed robbery charges, bail increased

Feb 24 2017 | 2:39 pm - A St. Charles man arrested Feb. 14 on charges of a knife point robbery of an Elgin gas station has been charged with three more armed robberies in February.

2 arrested in Carpentersville indoor marijuana grow operation

Feb 24 2017 | 3:51 pm - Two Carpentersville residents were charged after police executed a search warrant Thursday that turned up an indoor grow operation of 66 marijuana plants.

Report: Off-duty Woodstock cop charged with DUI in Round Lake crash

Feb 23 2017 | 3:43 pm - An off-duty Woodstock police officer was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and driving too fast for conditions after a Feb. 11 crash into a utlity pole in Round Lake.

Witness recounts fatal shooting of Bartlett man

Feb 23 2017 | 6:59 pm - A key witness in the murder trial against a former Algonquin man accused of killing a Bartlett man in 2014 over drugs described Thursday how Gary Bennett shot Keith Crawford in the back of the head in August 2014, dumped his body and destroyed...

Trial begins in murder of Bartlett man missing since 2014

Feb 22 2017 | 8:54 pm - The trial of Gary M. Bennett for the murder of a Bartlett man over drugs began Wednesday in Kane County. Keith W. Crawford was last seen leaving a party on Aug. 10, 2014, in West Dundee, but his body has not been found. The trial could last up to...

Kane panel won’t recommend drug treatment facility

Feb 21 2017 | 9:43 pm - A key Kane County advisory board Tuesday failed to make a recommendation in favor of a 120-bed, private drug treatment facility proposed near Campton Hills. Opponents of the plan contend it will hurt property values, put the community at risk and...

Juvenile charged in South Elgin middle school beating

Feb 21 2017 | 3:13 pm - A juvenile charged in a Feb. 3 beating at a South Elgin middle school that left a 12-year-old in a coma made his initial court appearance Tuesday, where he was assigned a public defender and put on electronic home monitoring.

Probation for Elgin man caught growing pot after well-being call

Feb 20 2017 | 4:43 pm - An Elgin man last year charged with growing and possessing marijuana has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years of probation.

Judge mulls Burlington murder suspect’s statement; trial date set

Feb 17 2017 | 4:52 pm - A judge will decide by March 3 whether statements to detectives by a Burlington Township man accused of killing his father can be used at trial.

Prosecutors: Burlington murder suspect’s statements were voluntary

Feb 16 2017 | 7:07 pm - Daniel Rak may have been cold, tired and hungry from a night of drinking and using drugs, but statements he gave to Kane County sheriff’s investigators regarding his father’s death were voluntary and should be allowed at trial,...

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