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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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1-year motorcycle ban for St. Charles man in 143 mph chase posted on YouTube

Jun 22 2018 | 9:05 pm - A 24-year-old man who was arrested after posting a YouTube video of him going 143 mph on his motorcycle while evading St. Charles police pleaded guilty Friday to a reduced charge and was sentenced to a form of probation and banned from riding for a...

Judge OKs demolition of abandoned Elgin bowling alley once envisioned as church

Jun 21 2018 | 12:15 pm - A vacant, decrepit bowling alley on the Elgin’s southeast side that was once proposed for use as a church is one step closer to meeting the wrecking ball.

Bail reduced for suspect in Batavia Steak ‘n Shake shooting

Jun 20 2018 | 4:56 pm - A Kane County judge Wednesday reduced bail from $1 million to $500,000 for an Aurora man accused of opening fire at a drive through at the Batavia Steak ‘n Shake earlier this year. Terry Hunter’s attorney argued his client was acting...

Pretrial diversion for St. Charles man over unlicensed sports items

Jun 14 2018 | 3:03 pm - A 46-year-old St. Charles man charged with selling counterfeit Chicago sports team shirts two years ago has since obtained trademarks for some of his designs and has been accepted into Kane County’s pre-trial diversion program that if...

‘Baby powder’ smell leads to lawsuit against former East Dundee plastic bag company

Jun 13 2018 | 10:53 am - The Illinois Attorney General’s office and Kane County State’s Attorney have sued an East Dundee plastic bag business, arguing it moved equipment into the old Haeger Pottery building in 2017 without a permit and has discharged noxious...

Two men arrested in Aurora in $1M coke, meth bust

Jun 14 2018 | 9:11 am - Authorities have arrested two men who are accused of possessing $1 million in drugs in one of the larger methamphetamine busts in recent Kane County history.

63 years prison for man who killed girlfriend from St. Charles

Jun 12 2018 | 6:02 pm - A judge Tuesday sentenced a DeKalb man to 63 years in prison for fatally stabbing and beating his girlfiend, a 19-year-old from St. Charles, in their apartment in 2016 while their toddler son was in the other room and wrapping her body in a blanket...

Police probe Aurora birthday party shooting that injured 7

Jun 11 2018 | 7:22 pm - Aurora police continued their investigation to a shooting at a birthday party early Sunday in which seven people were injured and the suspects evaded authorities on foot and bicycle.

New trial denied in Lincolnshire day care murder case; supreme court next

Jun 11 2018 | 5:56 pm - A woman convicted of murdering a 16-month-old boy in 2009 at a Lincolnshire day care center will appeal her case to the state’s Supreme Court, arguing prosecutors withheld higher quality X-ray evidence that could have cast doubt on the...

Charges upheld against murder parolee accused of stalking Elgin stripper

Jun 08 2018 | 6:05 pm - Charges that a paroled murderer stalked a former dancer at an Elgin-area strip club more than five years ago will stand despite a recent state supreme court ruling declaring part of state’s stalking laws unconstutional, a Kane County judge...

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