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Harry Hitzeman

Senior Writer

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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Refusal to exit car costly decision for South Elgin woman

Apr 20 2014 | 5:19 pm - A South Elgin woman's decision to lock her doors and refuse to get out of her car as ordered by police during a traffic stop led to costly consequences — for both her and her vehicle.

Geneva man gets probation for growing 69 pot plants

Apr 19 2014 | 11:31 am - A 49-year-old Geneva man pleaded guilty to growing 69 marijuana plants on the side of his home and was sentenced to two years probation. Gregory T. Panzer also must pay some $5,500 in court fines and fees and could be resentenced to up to seven...

22-year prison term for repeat burglar

Apr 19 2014 | 4:03 pm - A 51-year-old man was sentenced to 22 years in prison Friday for a June 2012 apartment burglary in Downers Grove. An arrest warrant for Steven Mantucca, of Mt. Sterling, was issued in June 2013 after DNA from his glasses left at the scene linked him...

Puppy mill protesters picket in Batavia

Apr 19 2014 | 7:19 pm - Protesters from The Puppy Mill Project picketed along Randall Road in Batavia Saturday. Organizers said the effort was to help raise awareness and consumers about places like Petland and other stores that get their animals from USDA licensed...

City: Despite Elgin auto mall foreclosure, land use still for car dealers

Apr 18 2014 | 12:33 pm - A Kane County judge has ordered the developers of the auto mall off Interstate 90 and Randall Road in Elgin to repay $23.3 million owed to the bank within three days or begin selling off six outlots via public auction to help repay the debt. Randall...

Elburn vet who sells cats sues to stop anonymous complaint websites

Apr 17 2014 | 1:20 pm - An Elburn veterinarian who also sells ragdoll cats has sued to find out who created several websites and orchestrated a campaign that she says hurt her reputation. Jennifer A. Creed, owner of A+ Pet Vet and Dr. Jenn's Ragdolls, seeks unspecified...

Ex-carnival worker gets 25 years in 2008 St. Charles stabbing

Apr 16 2014 | 5:14 pm - A former carnival worker was sentenced to 25 years in prison Wednesday for the 2008 stabbing death of Naromi Mannery, 28. Arthur Manning, 62, was convicted of Mannery's death in 2009, but an appellate court reversed it. Manning, who told police in a...

Decades-old St. Charles home plan moves forward; storage area next

Apr 16 2014 | 5:56 pm - Cliff McIlvaine, a St. Charles man who first began a home addiiton project in 1975, finalized an agreement Wednesday with the city to wrap up the project this summer. He also plans to build a storage facility that will have an area larger than 600...

Authorities want repeat sex offender committed after prison release

Apr 15 2014 | 2:53 pm - The Illinois Attorney General's Office is seeking to have a 49-year-old Aurora man classified as a sexually violent person and detained indefinitely by the state's Department of Human Services. Joseph Gonzalez is set for release from prison at the...

Elgin man charged with 5th DUI

Apr 14 2014 | 2:30 pm - A 48-year-old Elgin man was charged Saturday with his fifth DUI and driving with a blood alcohol concentration more than three times the legal threshold. William L. Bush Jr. faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of aggravated DUI. He was being...

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