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Harry Hitzeman

Senior Writer

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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Former St. Charles East student sues over bullying, hazing

Apr 23 2014 | 2:12 pm - A former St. Charles East student argues in a lawsuit that she was bullied, assaulted and hazed by her drill team teammates after being diagnosed with ADHD in summer 2010 and that school officials and coaches did nothing to stop it. Daniela Kapusta,...

How suburbanites can make good recycling even better

Apr 22 2014 | 5:22 am - The line of aluminum cans, plastic water bottles and cardboard boxes winds its way up, down and around a conveyor belt at the Waste Management recycling sorting facility in Grayslake. One by one, workers pluck out items that are out of step with...

Carpentersville man gets 7 years in prison on weapons charge

Apr 22 2014 | 2:34 pm - A 26-year-old Carpentersville man was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to a weapons charge. David C. Bridges faced anywhere between six to 30 years behind bars on the felony charge of armed habitual criminal. He was arrested...

Man charged with Batavia bike shop burglary

Apr 22 2014 | 5:21 pm - A 27-year-old Batavia man was charged with trying to steal a $2,900 women's racing bike from Prairie Path Cycles in downtown Batavia Tuesday morning. Frank E. Ryan faces anywhere from probation to seven years in prison if convicted of burglary,...

Probation for repeat Elgin prescription drug offender

Apr 21 2014 | 4:58 pm - A 38-year-old Elgin woman who was arrested three times last year on felony prescription drug forgery and possession charges pleaded guilty Monday and got five years of probation. If Colleen Bagley fails to complete it, she could be sentenced...

Refusal to exit car costly decision for South Elgin woman

Apr 20 2014 | 5:19 pm - A South Elgin woman's decision to lock her doors and refuse to get out of her car as ordered by police during a traffic stop led to costly consequences — for both her and her vehicle.

22-year prison term for repeat burglar

Apr 19 2014 | 4:03 pm - A 51-year-old man was sentenced to 22 years in prison Friday for a June 2012 apartment burglary in Downers Grove. An arrest warrant for Steven Mantucca, of Mt. Sterling, was issued in June 2013 after DNA from his glasses left at the scene linked him...

Geneva man gets probation for growing 69 pot plants

Apr 19 2014 | 11:31 am - A 49-year-old Geneva man pleaded guilty to growing 69 marijuana plants on the side of his home and was sentenced to two years probation. Gregory T. Panzer also must pay some $5,500 in court fines and fees and could be resentenced to up to seven...

Puppy mill protesters picket in Batavia

Apr 21 2014 | 9:26 am - Protesters from The Puppy Mill Project picketed along Randall Road in Batavia Saturday. Organizers said the effort was to help raise awareness and consumers about places like Petland and other stores that get their animals from USDA licensed...

City: Despite Elgin auto mall foreclosure, land use still for car dealers

Apr 18 2014 | 12:33 pm - A Kane County judge has ordered the developers of the auto mall off Interstate 90 and Randall Road in Elgin to repay $23.3 million owed to the bank within three days or begin selling off six outlots via public auction to help repay the debt. Randall...

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