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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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2 arrested on I-88 near Aurora with uncut heroin, crack

Sep 30 2014 | 4:59 pm - Authorities arrested two Rock Island residents Monday on Interstate 88 with nearly an ounce of uncut heroin and a large chunk of crack cocaine. Courtney E. Martin, 34, and Robert R. Butler, 45, face up to 30 years in prison on charges of possession...

Renovations begin after mold shut down Kane County morgue

Sep 29 2014 | 5:43 pm - Renovations have begun at the Kane County coroner's office and morgue, which was shut down months ago and autopsies outsourced to DuPage County. Coroner Rob Russell said this is a chance for him and County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen to work...

Man charged after leading St. Charles police on chase

Sep 29 2014 | 3:14 pm - A Batavia man was charged with his fourth DUI after leading St. Charles police on a chase Friday that ended when he crashed into stoplights and utility boxes. Richard Oury had to be extricated from his vehicle and was being held on $50,000 bail and...

More prescription drug disposal sites in Kane County

Sep 28 2014 | 4:29 pm - The Kane County Sheriff's Office is teaming with police deparments in Sugar Grove and Pingree Grove to add permanent prescription drug drop-off boxes in each department lobby.

Man admits Geneva car burglaries, enters Kane drug court

Sep 26 2014 | 5:08 pm - A 19-year-old former St. Charles resident recently entered the Kane County drug court program after admitting to a spate of vehicle burglaries in Geneva in July 2013. Malibu Barstow, now of Huntley, can stay out of prison if he completes the...

New Kane center boosts police shooting training, cuts travel time

Sep 25 2014 | 7:40 pm - Kane County officials showed off the sheriff office's new $1.88 million Regional Training Center Thursday, which leaders say will enable nearly 250 county law enforcement officers, as well as officers from other departments, to complete not only...

State high court to rehear 1996 case of murdered Aurora boy, 6.

Sep 24 2014 | 2:54 pm - The Illinois Supreme Court will hear the case of Mark A. Downs, a former Montgomery man whose conviction for the 1996 murder of a 6-year-old Aurora boy was overturned by an appellate court and a new trial ordered. Downs, 38, was sentenced to 70...

Warrants provide motive, timeline in E. Dundee murder

Sep 23 2014 | 6:04 pm - Additional search warrants have revealed that Richard Schmelzer, a Texas man accused of killing his East Dundee grandmother in July, wired $50,000 to a Las Vegas escort. Schmelzer's friend also rented a car that was returned after two days with...

Turn in unused prescription drugs in Kane County Saturday

Sep 21 2014 | 4:24 pm - Turn in unused, unwanted prescription drugs Saturday; an Elgin man gets 8 years in prison for firing shots near a school last year; Kane County Sheriff seeks citizen of the year nominations

Kane Sheriff hopefuls differ on staffing plans, personnel levels

Sep 19 2014 | 5:36 pm - Kane County sheriff candidates Willie Mayes Sr. and Don Kramer both agree the department is understaffed, but they differ on how to address the problem. Mayes, an Aurora Democrat, is a lieutenant in the department and Kramer, a Geneva Republican, is...

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