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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Lawsuit: Owners negligent in fatal St. Charles apartment fire

Oct 06 2015 | 4:45 pm - A Batavia couple is being sued for wrongful death in the wake of a fatal January fire at an apartment in St. Charles that they rented out. Owners Frank and Loreen Giampoli of Batavia were negligent and liable for David Hawksley’s death...

St. Charles homeowner loses another round to the city

Oct 04 2015 | 10:48 pm - A St. Charles man who was sued by the city to finish a home addition project that languished for decades lost his appeal to a 2013 judge's decision to allow the city to install a conventional, asphalt roof his home.

Story connects community, devastated family

Sep 29 2015 | 10:01 pm - More than $12,000 was donated to the family of Francisco and Diana Valdez in summer 2012 after the Daily Herald showed the aftermath after a drunk, uninsured driver severely injured Francisco and injured other family members on Christmas Eve 2008.

Doctor-law student partnership to help poor is thriving in Aurora

Oct 02 2015 | 9:39 am - Northern Illinois University law students are part of a rare partnership with doctors to create the Health Advocacy Clinic in Aurora, at which doctors and lawyers work together to help the poor. "We're training the doctors to spot the legal issues...

Judge throws out lawsuit over $4.3 million funding for new Carpentersville Wal-Mart

Oct 01 2015 | 10:21 am - East Dundee officials are mulling their next move now that a Kane County judge has again shot down a move to block the world's largest retailer to receive $4.3 million in special tax funding to build a new store in neighboring Carpenterville.

Jury to resume deliberating 2006 Cary double murder Thursday morning

Sep 30 2015 | 7:34 pm - A jury will resume deliberations Thursday morning in the trial of Michael Romano, a former Algonquin man accused of gunning down his estranged father and stepmother in their Cary area home in November 2006 for a share of their $2 million estate.

Judge mulls dismissal of East Dundee Wal-Mart lawsuit

Sep 27 2015 | 10:34 pm - A Kane County judge is deciding whether to throw out a lawsuit seeking to stop Carpentersville from luring Wal-Mart to the village with $4.3 million from a special taxing district. East Dundee is suing to block the world’s largest retailer...

Testimony: Double murder suspect planned to repay mistress, used distinct ammo

Sep 28 2015 | 7:06 pm - A former Algonquin man accused of gunning down his parents in 2006 for a $2 million inheritance planned to repay his mistress with the money and used a distinct .22-caliber ammunition, according to testimony Monday. Michael W. Romano, 56, faces life...

Money doesn’t talk for Hampshire police

Sep 27 2015 | 4:57 pm - Facing his third moving violation in seven months, a Kane County man could learn the hard way that although money talks, Hampshire police are speaking a different language.

Court rules CL South bleachers must come down

Sep 25 2015 | 4:40 pm - A $1.2 million set of bleachers built at Crystal Lake South High School will be dismantled as a result of an Illinois Supreme Court ruling Thursday that Crystal Lake has a right to apply its zoning laws on school projects.

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