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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One hurt in chase, crash in Aurora

Mar 27 2017 | 9:11 pm - One person was injured in a chase and crash that occurred in Aurora Monday afternoon after a driver refused to stop for a Kane County sheriff’s deputy, authorities said.

Aurora man guilty of girlfriend’s murder, faces up to 85 years

Mar 27 2017 | 7:54 pm - A Kane County jury deliberated less than two hours Monday before convicting an Aurora man with gunning down his girlfriend in January 2014. Christopher Whetstone faces 45 to 85 years in prison.

Bartlett man gets 13 years for perfume thefts

Mar 27 2017 | 7:11 pm - A Bartlett man with a three-decade felony history has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after stealing $4,000 in perfume and cologne from a St. Charles business in late 2015 and early 2016.

Campton Hills hopefuls diverge on administrator’s future

Mar 27 2017 | 5:46 pm - Candidates seeking one of three 4-year Campton Hills trustee seats in the April election agree that Interim Village Administrator Ron Searl is doing a good job, but diverge on whether to keep him on as contract employee, full-time employee or search...

25 years in prison for Campton Hills man who raped girl

Mar 23 2017 | 9:00 am - A Campton Hills man charged with raping a girl younger than 13 that he knew over a three-year span has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Man gets 45 years for slaying of his East Dundee grandmother

Mar 24 2017 | 5:49 am - A Texas man who stabbed his East Dundee grandmother to death for her inheritance was sentenced to 45 years in prison Thursday.

Aurora man charged with kidnapping, murder of 18-year-old found in Chicago

Mar 22 2017 | 3:35 pm - An Aurora man has been charged with the kidnapping and murder of Clarence King, an 18-year-old from Aurora whose beaten body was found in a Chicago backyard in July 2016.

Police: Man burned two vehicles in Elgin as part of ‘bucket list’

Mar 22 2017 | 3:19 pm - A homeless man who was charged with setting fire to two vehicles Tuesday in Elgin told police it was on his “bucket list” to watch them burn.

Second-chance program for 4 in St. Charles, Wasco vandalism spree

Mar 21 2017 | 4:39 pm - Four people arrested and charged in a late-2015 vandalism spree of a St. Charles Park District aquatic park and offices, and a Wasco elementary school, have been accepted into the Kane County Pretrial Diversion Program for first-time, non-violent...

4 charged in Aurora underage hotel sex sting

Mar 21 2017 | 2:35 pm - Four people have been charged with traveling to an Aurora hotel March 10 to have sex with a child or children for money.

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