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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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Embattled St. Charles homeowner still seeks damages from roofer

Dec 08 2016 | 4:48 pm - A St. Charles homeowner who was sued by the city to finish an addition stalled for decads, has lost part of his bid in a countersuit to recover damages from a new roof ordered for his home.

So far, so good for traffic plan at Campton Hills holiday light show

Dec 07 2016 | 3:29 pm - A compromise to have people direct traffic on weekends for the award-winning Larsen’s Light Show in Campton Hills is running smoothly.

Trial begins for man accused of killing East Dundee grandmother for inheritance

Dec 06 2016 | 5:22 pm - Richard Schmelzer, accused of murdering his grandmother for her inheritance, had a home in foreclosure and was in debt to two prostitutes, prosecutors said in opening arguments. Schmelzer’s lawyer argued evidence is all circumstantial.

Ex-St. Charles North dean’s assistant gets 4 years for sexually abusing student

Dec 05 2016 | 1:56 pm - A former St. Charles North High School dean’s assistant was sentenced to four years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a student.

15 years prison for Aurora man in $2.1 million heroin bust

Dec 02 2016 | 4:46 pm - A 28-year-old man who authorities say picked up a package containing $2.1 million worth of heroin from an Aurora bus depot has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Batavia man charged with sex abuse, child porn possession

Dec 01 2016 | 5:48 pm - A 31-year-old Batavia man has been arrested on charges of sexual abuse of a girl between 13 and 17 that he knew and possession of pornographic pictures of her.

Lisle man gets 7 years Aurora hotel minor sex sting

Dec 02 2016 | 6:13 pm - A Lisle man was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to traveling to an Aurora hotel in March 2015 and paying to have sex with whom he thought were two minor girls.

Aurora brothers shot, killed at Lockport construction site

Dec 01 2016 | 12:26 pm - Will County authorities are investigating the double homicide of two brothers from Aurora who were found shot Tuesday morning at a construction site for a townhouse in Lockport. Mario Ceja-Sanchez, 37, and David Ceja-Sanchez, 35, worked for a...

15 years in prison after up to $1.3 million in drugs seized in Aurora

Nov 30 2016 | 10:36 am - An Aurora man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday after authorities seized methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana worth up to $1.3 million from his home, which prosecutors say was used as a distribution center.

Free hours are priceless for Elgin attorney

Nov 30 2016 | 4:56 pm - Since 2010, Jane Craddock Ryan has taken time from her Elgin law practice to volunteer and train attorneys for Admininster Justice to give free representation to parents seeking legal guardianship of disabled childen over 18. “It’s...

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