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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Troubles grow for Campton Hills man accused of Geneva hospital assault

Mar 29 2015 | 5:45 pm - Legal troubles grow for a Campton Hills man accused of assaulting a relative and causing a lockdown at Delnor Hospital in Geneva; an Elgin man is acquitted of charges he raped a passed out woman at a hotel; a settlement is reached in a lawsuit...

What do Campton Hills candidates really want? The answers vary

Mar 27 2015 | 5:36 pm - Eight candidates seeking the three trustee seats, along with that of the president on the Campton Hills village board, were asked if they had one wish for the village. Several opted for a town hall meeting to help mend wounds and end board strife...

Elgin man again charged with selling heroin near school

Mar 27 2015 | 1:44 pm - A 21-year-old Elgin man faces a minimum of six years in prison after being charged with selling heroin near an Elgin school in November 2014. An arrest warrant was served on Anthony J. Galarza, who is being held at the Kane County jail on another...

Elgin man gets 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting girl

Mar 27 2015 | 1:55 pm - A former Elgin man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a girl he knew in February 2005. Robert Shachter, 50, of Glendale Heights, will get credit for nearly 300 days spent in jail since his May...

Aurora gun club settles suit, will pay fine and clean creek

Mar 26 2015 | 5:42 am - The Aurora Sportsmen's Club has settled a lawsuit filed by the attorney general's office over lead shot that contaminated the Bliss Woods Forest Preserve in Sugar Grove. The Waterman-based club will pay nearly $15,000 in fines and submit a cleanup...

Man arrested on charges of 6th DUI in East Dundee

Mar 23 2015 | 5:20 pm - A man accused of his sixth DUI faces a minimum of six years in prison after an arrest by East Dundee police. Hugo Muneton, 28, of Belvidere, was arrested after driving erratically with alcohol in his vehicle, police said. He was being held on...

Campton Hills hopefuls mixed on response if state cuts $500,000

Mar 23 2015 | 6:35 pm - Six people seeking three seats on the Campton Hills village board share their differing views on what trustees should do if state lawmakers cut the percentage of state income taxes shared with municipalities, a move that could mean Campton Hills...

Kane public defender: ‘Innocent man’ convicted in Geneva murder

Mar 22 2015 | 4:36 pm - Kelli Childress reflects on the guilty verdict against Shadwick King, her first loss in a murder trial as Kane County public defender, and Geneva's first murder since 1975. "I have no doubt in my mind an innocent man was convicted," she said.

Campton Hills trustee hopefuls differ on ending board strife

Mar 20 2015 | 12:39 am - Six hopefuls seeking three seats on the Campton Hills village board agree the board needs to cease the dysfunction, but they disagree as to how to do it. Trustees Laura Andersen, Susan George and newcomer Michael O'Dwyer are running as a slate; Don...

Campton Hills trustee hopefuls differ on need for 2nd law firm

Mar 20 2015 | 4:52 pm - Six people seeking three seats on the Campton Hills village board share differing views on whether it was right for trustees to hire a second law firm in addition to the village attorney. Laura Andersen and Susan George are seeking re-election,...

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