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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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Probation, community service for Carpentersville elder theft

Oct 31 2014 | 5:09 pm - A 46-year-old woman was sentenced to three years probation, 100 hours of community service and ordered to pay $8,000 restitution after pleading guilty to financial exploitation of an elderly person. Carpentersville police accused Lalaine Regencia,...

New sentencing date set for 2007 murder of Aurora WWII vet

Oct 30 2014 | 1:56 pm - A new sentencing date of Jan. 20, 2015, has been set for an Aurora man convicted of killing World War II veteran Roscoe Ebey in a home invasion in May 2007. Hector Mauricio, 28, was originally sentenced in 2011 to 60 years in prison, but an...

Judge denies delay for Crystal Lake South bleacher demolition; appeals begin

Oct 30 2014 | 6:08 pm - A McHenry County judge denied Thursday a request from Crystal Lake School District 155 to delay an order to dismantle in December the $1.2 million bleachers at Crystal Lake South High School that were illegally built in 2013. School district...

Kane County launches, plans to expand peer jury program

Oct 29 2014 | 11:41 pm - Kane County has launched a Peer Jury Program, through which students who commit first-time non-violent offenses are assigned a punishment by other students instead of going before a juvenile court judge. "Coming from a teenager their own age, it...

Batavia man gets 16 years in prison after $2.7 million pot bust

Oct 28 2014 | 5:39 pm - A Batavia man was sentenced to 16 years in prison Tuesday for a nearly 600-pound, $2.7 million marijuana bust in 2012. Richard Ecklund, 50, was the fifth and final person sentenced after authorities made simultaneous arrests in Aurora and Sugar...

Kane judge denies McIlavine’s claim that city broke law

Oct 27 2014 | 5:20 pm - A judge has dismissed an embattled St. Charles homeowner's claim that the city overstepped its authority when it installed a conventional, asphalt shingle roof on his home in summer 2013. Cliff McIlvaine, who was first issued a permit in 1975, is...

Elgin man charged with his 5th DUI

Oct 27 2014 | 5:11 pm - A 51-year-old man was arrested over the weekend in Geneva and charged with his fifth DUI. Christopher Caudill, of Elgin, faces up to 15 years in prison. He was being held on $200,000 bail and has been arrested more than 40 times in Kane County alone...

Report: Forgetful drug defendant brings pot to Kane courthouse

Oct 26 2014 | 5:42 pm - A forgetful defendant headed to the Kane County courthouse to apply for a "second chance program" on a felony drug charge was caught with pot at a security checkpoint; an Elburn woman reaches an out-of-court settlementin her suit alleging she...

Police: Carpentersville man groped woman, 22, on sidewalk

Oct 24 2014 | 5:29 pm - A 36-year-old Carpentersville man was arrested and charged with groping a woman Monday night as she walked home from a gas station. Adam G. Green faces anywhere from probation to five years in prison if convicted of aggravated battery and criminal...

Kane sheriff hopefuls explain why each deserves your vote

Oct 23 2014 | 5:27 am - As early voting begins, the two men running to be the next Kane County sheriff state their cases for why they should succeed Pat Perez. Don Kramer, a Geneva Republican, hopes to follow in his father's footsteps as sheriff; Willie Mayes Sr., an...

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