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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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Lawsuit: Carpentersville police lied about birthday arrests

Dec 19 2014 | 4:12 pm - Four people have filed a malicous prosecution lawsuit against Carpentersville police, saying a trio of officers lied to justify arrests made when responding to a noise complaint at the birthday party of a 5-year-old boy in 2009. The four were...

President wants chief gone, board wants him to stay

Dec 18 2014 | 6:48 pm - Who will be the Campton Hills police chief on Dec. 28? It depends on who you ask. Chief Dan Hoffman's contract expires at 4 p.m. Dec. 27. The village board recently voted to extend his term through May 2015, but Village President Patsy Smith has...

Probation for Elgin man caught growing pot plants

Dec 18 2014 | 5:59 pm - An Elgin man was sentenced to two years of probation this week after pleading guilty to growing more than 20 marijuana plants. Authorities found the plants in a secret room after a May fire at the home of Robert L. Smith, 56.

Campton Hills administrator job restored, questions remain

Dec 17 2014 | 5:00 pm - Campton Hills trustees voted early Wednesday to restore Village Administrator Jennifer Johnsen's access to email and othe village resources since her reinstatement Dec. 2. Village President Patsy Smith disagreed with Johnsen's reinstatement and...

Campton Hills leader explains why police chief should go

Dec 17 2014 | 12:00 am - Campton Hills Village President Patsy Smith on Tuesday outlined her case as to why she wants the village’s police chief dismissed when his contract expires later this month. “After careful consideration, I believe it is no longer in...

Court reinstates lawsuit over North Aurora child scalding

Dec 15 2014 | 5:25 pm - An appellate court panel recently reinstated a lawsuit that was filed by a North Aurora man against a Kane County Child Advocacy Center investigator, police, and other authorities seeking damages for false arrest, conspiracy and infliction of...

$1.25M settlement in I-88 crash that killed Aurora woman

Dec 14 2014 | 4:20 pm - A $1.25 million settlement has been reached in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed in connection with an April 2013 crash on Interstate 88 that killed an Aurora woman.

Kramer completes Kane sheriff reorganization

Dec 12 2014 | 4:37 pm - Since he took office Dec. 1, newly elected Kane County Sheriff Don Kramer has made good on one campaign promise already: reorganizing the department's command structure. Lieutenants have been shifted around so two are on duty 24/7 in patrol and at...

Man pleads guilty to robbing Batavia store while kids at home

Dec 12 2014 | 3:49 pm - A 28-year-old man has pleaded guilty to robbing a Batavia liquor store in January while his three kids were left alone at an apartment. Antwann L. Hunt, of Chicago, was set to go on trial this week and faces between 10 and 30 years in prison when...

Kane morgue renovation to be done Jan. 15, $20K less in autopsy expenses

Dec 12 2014 | 6:37 pm - The renovation of the Kane County morgue will be completed by Jan. 15 instead of Jan. 1 because the manufacturer of a newer, larger freezer/cooler can't deliver the $68,000 unit until Jan. 6. Meanwhile, the cost for using the DuPage County morgue...

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