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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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5 years prison for former St. Charles man in mail-order pot scheme

Nov 21 2014 | 7:41 pm - A former St. Charles man was sentenced to five years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to running a mail-order marijuana operation out of California. Nicolas Salemi, 24, of San Diego, also must pay $41,500 in fines and fees. His girlfriend,...

Probation for one of 2 in Elgin sex assault case

Nov 21 2014 | 2:24 pm - An Elgin woman accused of not taking "reasonable steps" to prevent her husband from committing sexual abuse recently pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and received probation. Amanda Alder, 33, could be jailed for up to a year if she violates...

Despite headlines, U.S. violent crime down

Nov 16 2014 | 5:24 pm - Violent crime fell about 4 percent nationwide last year, according to the FBI, a trend that appears to be occurring in Kane County as well; a Huntley man gets three years of probation and must register as a sex offender after admitting to soliciting...

Thirteen lbs. of pot seized in indoor growing operation near St. Charles

Nov 14 2014 | 3:36 pm - A 44-year-old man is accused of operating a large-scale indoor pot growing operation at a St. Charles Township home. David M. Robbins is being held on $150,000 bail after authorities seized 13 pounds of marijuana packaged for sale along with 463...

Island Lake fatal crash cited as Illinois no-tolerance DUI pot law is challenged

Nov 14 2014 | 5:23 am - Some argue Illinois' zero-tolerance law deeming a driver impaired if any amount of marijuana is detected is archaic. The state bar association has submitted legislation to change it. But prosecutors and other law enforcement officials stand firmly...

Man gets 14 years for videotaped Geneva sexual assault

Nov 15 2014 | 12:54 am - A 23-year-old Geneva man was sentenced to 14 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a male minor that he knew and videotaping it during a six-month period in 2012. Robert R. Schamne must register for life as a sex...

Kane plans ‘No Refusal’ DUI patrol on Black Wednesday

Nov 13 2014 | 4:24 pm - The Kane County state's attorney's office, in conjunction with law enforcement agencies across the county, will hold a "No Refusal" DUI patrol event the day before Thanksgiving. This will mark the third year in a row Joe McMahon's office has...

Court records: Ex-Elgin deputy chief took money from ex-wife, hacked rival’s email

Nov 13 2014 | 11:53 am - A former Elgin deputy police chief facing felony misconduct and identity theft charges hacked into his then-wife's personal bank account in April 2010 and took $8,500 only to return it later, according to court recrds. Prosecutors want this "prior...

9 years for Crystal Lake lawyer who stole $1.2 million from clients

Nov 12 2014 | 5:25 pm - A former Crystal Lake attorney was sentenced to nine years in prison for stealing more $1.2 million from clients, including about $500,000 targeted for a children's hospital. Curt Rehberg, 50, of Cary, pleaded guilty earlier this year. He can have...

Kane state’s attorney says election went smoothly

Nov 12 2014 | 5:18 pm - Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said the Nov. 4 election was pretty smooth, with some phone calls to the complaint hotline regarding the use of cellphones in voting areas but no instances of people being denied their rights or turned...

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