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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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Defendants pared from $13 million St. Charles roof collapse lawsuit

Aug 28 2014 | 12:12 pm - Several subcontractors could be dismissed from the $13 million lawsuit filed after part of a green roof at the St. Charles Aquascape collapsed in 2011. A hearing in mid-September will determine if the subcontractors have reached good-faith...

2 years prison for man who bilked Aurora, Elgin casinos out of $50,000

Aug 28 2014 | 5:33 pm - A New York man pleaded guilty Thursday to bilking area casinos out of more than $50,000 in March 2013 by purchasing comp checks using bank information from Canadian bank customers and later cashing the checks. Xueliang Li, 59, was sentenced to two...

Cameras permitted for suspended doctor’s sex assault trial

Aug 28 2014 | 4:59 pm - A Kane County judge did not impose any additional restrictions Thursday on cameras in the courtroom for a Geneva doctor accused of a 2012 sexual assault of one of his patients. The attorney for Mark Lewis, 55, asked the judge to admonish media...

Prosecutors: Deng should stand trial for 2005 murder

Aug 26 2014 | 6:54 pm - Prosecutors want Garang Deng to either head to trial or enter a new guilty plea in the 2005 murder of Marilyn Bethell. Deng, whose 35-year sentence was vacated by an appellate court last year, wants his case sent back to juvenile court. A judge will...

8-year prison term for Aurora child sex assault

Aug 21 2014 | 6:30 pm - A 21-year-old Aurora man was sentenced to eight years in prison this week after admitting to raping a child he knew. Jose Saul Zavaleta-Gonzalez pleaded guilty to assaulting the child, who was younger than 12, between August 2011 and June 2013 and...

2012 Batavia stabbing murder case set for January trial

Aug 21 2014 | 4:22 pm - A Jan. 12, 2015, jury trial date has been set for Latoya M. Baines, a woman accused of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of her boyfriend in April 2012. Baines, 26, faces 20 to 60 years in prison if convicted of killing Gerald Jackson, 25,...

Elgin police: Man demanded money for pizza before attacking cop

Aug 21 2014 | 4:19 pm - An Elgin man was being held on $500,000 bail after being accused Wednesday of assaulting a police officer in his garage. Elgin police say a man accused the officer of having pepper-sprayed him in the past, and demanded money to buy pizza for his...

East Dundee, Carpentersville continue Wal-Mart feud

Aug 20 2014 | 1:46 pm - The feud over a new Wal-Mart proposed for Carpentersville continued this week when East Dundee filed a lawsuit arguing Carpentersville had withheld information in a recent Freedom of Information Act request. East Dundee, which will lose its Wal-Mart...

Kane judge could decide McIlvaine case in October

Aug 19 2014 | 4:26 pm - A judge on Oct. 14 will hear arguments on whether fines should be reinstated against an embattled St. Charles homeowner for violating an agreement to clean up his property. Cliff McIlvaine, who was first issued a building permit in 1975 for an...

$1.5 million bail for Elgin man charged in string of robberies

Aug 18 2014 | 1:05 pm - A judge set bail at $1.5 million for an Elgin man arrested and charged with robberies at Aldi and Family Dollar in June and August. Michael L. Taylor, 52, was on parole after being released from prison in January after serving half of a 10-year...

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