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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Elgin man charged with detonating homemade fireworks

Sep 04 2015 | 8:47 pm - An Elgin man accused of detonating homemade fireworks was arrested this week and now faces felony explosives and bomb charges, officials say.

Man charged in attempted abuction of Aurora girls

Sep 03 2015 | 11:48 am - A 24-year-old Oswego man was arrested on charges he tried to lure two 11-year-old girls into his car last week while they walked to school.

St. Charles 7th-grader dies after cross country meet

Sep 03 2015 | 10:15 pm - A seventh-grade student from Thompson Middle School in St. Charles died Wednesday morning after falling ill during a cross country meet Tuesday. Cameron Pepera, of St. Charles, died at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago from an undetected,...

Kane's next chief judge excited, honored to take reins of 16th Circuit

Sep 03 2015 | 6:10 pm - Susan Clancy Boles, a Kane County judge since 2007, was elected this week by her colleagues to serve as the next chief judge of the 16th Judicial Circuit.

McMahon to seek 2nd full term as top Kane prosecutor

Sep 02 2015 | 1:39 pm - Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon plans to run for his second, 4-year term in the November 2016 election, saying he's made fighting violent crime a priority and holding defendants accountable for first-time offenses through diversion and...

Aurora man fighting 62-year sentence in 2008 shooting

Sep 01 2015 | 7:37 pm - An Aurora man was sentenced to 62 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to shooting the son of an Aurora cop in the face after the man mistakenly banged on an apartment door in July 2008. Israel Cano, 35, plans to appeal his sentence, arguing...

Kane survey aims to help youths

Sep 01 2015 | 5:22 pm - Authorities are asking Kane County residents to answer a social services survey from Kane County Juvenile Justice Council to find out ways at-risk youths and juveniles can be better served. "We'll use the results of the survey to try to get better...

5th annual Campton Hills festival to end with a bang

Aug 31 2015 | 6:06 pm - The fifth annual Campton Hills United Fall Fest will finish with a bang since organizers have booked their first fireworks show to top off the Sept. 12 festival.

Hitzeman: Common sense prevails with ‘rape kit’ law

Aug 30 2015 | 4:06 pm - State lawmakers recently passed a law that prevents hospitals and health care providers from directly sending a sexual assault survivor the emergency room bill for a "rape kit" used to collect evidence.

East Dundee murder suspect could be removed as trustee of grandmother’s estate

Aug 28 2015 | 4:13 pm - The mother of Richard Schmelzer, a Texas man accused of killing his East Dundee grandmother in 2014 to gain half of her inheritance, is fighting to remove him as a co-trustee of Mildred Darrington’s estate.

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