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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Driver in 1995 fatal DUI crash arrested in Elgin on drunken driving charges

Dec 13 2017 | 6:55 pm - A 53-year-old Elgin man convicted in a 1995 fatal DUI, was arrested in Elgin last week on felony DUI charges.

Police: Man raped woman who came to his home to do laundry

Dec 13 2017 | 7:31 pm - An Elgin man was being held on $150,000 bail on charges he slapped and raped a woman he knew Friday when she came to his Elgin residence to do laundry.

Authorities: Man sexually abused, tried to rob girl near St. Charles

Dec 12 2017 | 7:00 pm - A Chicago man is accused of sexually abusing and trying to rob a girl as she walked home from school Monday in an unincorporated area near St. Charles.

Devoted advocate inspires, supports Kane County crime victims, families

Dec 11 2017 | 12:11 pm - Kane County victim advocate Judy Bland has comforted, supported and informed crime victims and their families for nearly two decades and helped in many major crime events during that time. She is “Someone to be Thankful for.”

Aurora man on parole tossed gun during chase, police say

Dec 11 2017 | 6:12 pm - A twice-convicted felon on parole was charged with planning to deliver heroin while armed after leading Aurora police on a chase, authorities said.

Kane judge, former public defender to enter circuit judge race

Dec 08 2017 | 4:11 pm - David Kliment, a Kane County associate judge and former public defender, says he will run for the at-large circuit judge seat that will be vacated by David Akemann.

Woman charged with elder theft at North Aurora facility in 2015

Dec 08 2017 | 12:16 pm - A Joliet woman faces charges of felony elder theft and financial exploitation while working for a firm contracted by the state’s Department on Aging in 2015.

Let it snow: Car dealer offers full refunds if 4 inches fall on Christmas

Dec 06 2017 | 4:28 pm - A suburban car dealership group says if you buy a car Friday or Saturday and it snows 4 inches or more on Christmas, you get your money back.

March primary likely for Kane circuit judge seat: Associate judge enters race

Dec 06 2017 | 5:22 pm - Kane County associate judge and former prosecutor Elizabeth Flood says she is running for the circuit judge’s seat that will be vacated by David Akemann. Her announcement sets up a potential GOP primary contest with Circuit Court Clerk Thomas...

Kane County felony cases on pace for 8.8% jump over last year

Dec 05 2017 | 5:06 pm - As of Tuesday, Kane County prosecutors have charged more felony cases than they did in all of 2016 and if this pace continues, 2017 will see 8.8 percent more felonies charged than last year.

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