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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Aurora man guilty of attempted murder in 2015 beating

Jan 19 2017 | 12:38 pm - A 56-year-old Aurora man faces up to 30 years in prison after his conviction this week for attempted murder in a September 2015 beating.

Hampshire man out on bail accused of sexual abuse in Elgin

Jan 18 2017 | 4:08 pm - A 22-year-old Hampshire man — free on bail after being charged with two felonies in March — was charged last weekend with aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

New Kane court case management system a work in progress

Jan 17 2017 | 4:46 pm - Some attorneys privately expressing their frustrations with the new Kane County Circuit Court Clerk’s new case management system. More than five weeks after its go-live date and people can’t pay fines online and numerous files are not...

Kane County felony cases up 6.8% in 2016

Jan 13 2017 | 4:36 pm - Kane County felony cases filed in 2016 increased 6.8 percent from 2015, the first uptick in felonies in a decade.

Elgin man accused of sex assaults, abuse in 1990s, 2011

Jan 12 2017 | 9:34 pm - A 76-year-old Elgin man has been charged with repeatedly raping and sexually abusing a girl he knew beginning in the early 1990s and another female victim in early 2012.

Damages paid in St. Charles park, Wasco vandalism

Jan 11 2017 | 5:14 pm - Four teens accused of vandalizing St. Charles Park District offices and a school near Wasco in late 2015 have repaid more than $25,000 in damages and have applied for Kane County’s Pretrial Diversion Program.

Wrongful cremation lawsuit settled, funeral home attorney says

Jan 10 2017 | 3:55 pm - A lawsuit between an Elgin funeral home and a man who argued his wife was wrongfully cremated has been settled out of court for $30,000.

Additional sex assault charges against Elgin man, 75

Jan 10 2017 | 12:09 pm - A 75-year-old Elgin man charged last summer with sexually assaulting two girls in 2006 has been charged with assaulting a third girl.

Showdown looms in Burlington Township murder case

Jan 06 2017 | 1:41 pm - A special prosecutor has been appointed to defend the Kane County state’s attorney’s office against allegations prosecutors improperly accessed confidential emails sent by defense attorneys in the case of a Burlington Township man...

2 arrested in South Elgin on heroin, drug charges

Jan 06 2017 | 2:08 pm - Two men were arrested Wednesday in South Elgin on charges they possessed heroin and other drugs, and one man is accused of planning to sell the heroin.

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