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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2nd Campton Hills ballot challenge continues

Feb 26 2015 | 6:58 pm - A Campton Hills man said he plans to file an updated challenge to the write-in candidacies of Village President Patsy Smith and three people on her slate. A judge Thursday dismissed a challenge submitted by James Newman without commenting on its...

Campton Hills leaders want to take community pulse in wake of Rauner cuts

Feb 26 2015 | 8:09 am - Depending on the depth and duration of Gov. Rauner's proposed cuts in share of the state sales tax doled out to towns, Campton Hills could lose up to $1 million a year in funding, which is about the amount spent each year to run its police...

2 earn spots on Campton Hills April ballot

Feb 25 2015 | 9:52 am - Two candidates will be added to the April 7 ballot as a result of Tuesday's primary election for Campton Hills. According to unofficial results, Steve Galloway and Nicholas Girka succeeded in getting enough votes to be placed on the April ballot as...

Incumbent says Campton Hills board needs to change

Feb 22 2015 | 12:22 am - Campton Hills Village President Patsy Smith, who is running as a write-in candidate in the April election, was non-committal when asked if she would complete her third term if no one from her slate also was elected. Trustee Harry Blecker, who also...

35-year sentence — again — for murder of Aurora woman

Feb 20 2015 | 5:29 pm - Nearly 10 years after her death, Marilyn Bethell's can possibly have some closure. Gareng Deng on Friday pleaded guilty to killing the substance abuse counselor after he broke into her Aurora home around Halloween 2005 and was sentenced again to 35...

Carpentersville trustee hopefuls differ on when, how to cut sales tax

Feb 19 2015 | 5:10 pm - Six people seeking three Carpentersville trustee seats agree the village's 9 percent sales tax is high, but disagree on how and when to reduce it. Incuments Don Burroway and Paul Humpfer are seeking another 4-year term while challengers Humberto...

Judge will hear Campton Hills write-in challenge

Feb 19 2015 | 6:03 pm - The latest chapter in the contentious Campton Hills spring election could be written Feb. 26. That's when a Kane County judge will hear a complaint lodged by resident James Newman arguing the write-in candidacies of Village President Patsy Smith and...

Elgin man sentenced to 3.5 years prison for attacking ex-girlfriend

Feb 19 2015 | 5:12 pm - An Elgin man accused of sexually assaulting, kicking and choking a former girlfriend he thought was pregnant has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison, according to prosecutors and court records. Emmanuel Sanchez, 23, pleaded...

Carpentersville hopefuls mixed on how to improve village’s image

Feb 17 2015 | 6:24 pm - The six people seeking three, 4-year trustee seats on the Carpentersville Village Board have differing opinions on how to improve the village's image. Incumbents Paul Humpfer and Don Burroway are seeking re-election while challengers Humberto...

St. Charles man, 81, charged with sexual abuse

Feb 17 2015 | 5:57 pm - An 81-year-old St. Charles man is accused of abusing a girl younger than 13 from October 2008 through October 2010. Ronald O. Blouin is free on $5,000 bond and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He is...

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