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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7 arrested in Aurora sting, 2 for seeking sex with minors

Apr 01 2015 | 2:35 pm - Aurora police have arrested seven people in a prostitution sting, including two more people in an online operation in which suspects answer online ads to have sex with underage girls and are prompty arrested by police when they arrive at a local...

No Campton Hills watering ban this summer

Mar 31 2015 | 5:44 pm - Bids to refurbish a 400,000-gallon Wasco Sanitary District tower were above budget and were rejected by trustees in late March, meaning an all-out ban on watering lawns and plants, washing cars and filling baby pools will not be in effect this...

37 years in prison for Elgin man who assaulted child over 4-year span

Mar 31 2015 | 5:09 pm - An Elgin man who sexually assaulted and abused a child he knew from February 2007 through February 2011 was sentenced to 37 years in prison this week. Armando Vega, 51, was convicted in February and must register for life a sex offender.

Authorities: Sugar Grove man had $26,000 in cocaine

Mar 31 2015 | 2:26 pm - A 39-year-old Sugar Grove man faces prison after authorities searched his townhome and found an estimated $26,000 in cocaine and items such as scales and packaging materials. Angel Castro Jr. is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to...

Troubles grow for Campton Hills man accused of Geneva hospital assault

Mar 30 2015 | 6:13 am - Legal troubles grow for a Campton Hills man accused of assaulting a relative and causing a lockdown at Delnor Hospital in Geneva; an Elgin man is acquitted of charges he raped a passed out woman at a hotel; a settlement is reached in a lawsuit...

What do Campton Hills candidates really want? The answers vary

Mar 27 2015 | 5:36 pm - Eight candidates seeking the three trustee seats, along with that of the president on the Campton Hills village board, were asked if they had one wish for the village. Several opted for a town hall meeting to help mend wounds and end board strife...

Elgin man again charged with selling heroin near school

Mar 27 2015 | 1:44 pm - A 21-year-old Elgin man faces a minimum of six years in prison after being charged with selling heroin near an Elgin school in November 2014. An arrest warrant was served on Anthony J. Galarza, who is being held at the Kane County jail on another...

Elgin man gets 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting girl

Mar 27 2015 | 1:55 pm - A former Elgin man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a girl he knew in February 2005. Robert Shachter, 50, of Glendale Heights, will get credit for nearly 300 days spent in jail since his May...

Aurora gun club settles suit, will pay fine and clean creek

Mar 26 2015 | 5:42 am - The Aurora Sportsmen's Club has settled a lawsuit filed by the attorney general's office over lead shot that contaminated the Bliss Woods Forest Preserve in Sugar Grove. The Waterman-based club will pay nearly $15,000 in fines and submit a cleanup...

Man arrested on charges of 6th DUI in East Dundee

Mar 23 2015 | 5:20 pm - A man accused of his sixth DUI faces a minimum of six years in prison after an arrest by East Dundee police. Hugo Muneton, 28, of Belvidere, was arrested after driving erratically with alcohol in his vehicle, police said. He was being held on...

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