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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Kane clerk on sprint to Feb. 24 primary, early voting begins Monday

Jan 30 2015 | 5:36 pm - A judge's order that a Feb. 24 primary election be held for Campton Hills village trustee and clerk has the Kane County Clerk scrambling to hold an election in less than a month. Early voting will begin Monday at two locations and Cunningham's staff...

Ex-Huntley man pleads guilty in $5 million pot bust

Jan 30 2015 | 7:06 pm - An Elk Grove Village man faces between 12 and 60 years in prison after admitting to his role in $5 million marijuana bust in 2009. Joseph M. Lichay, 53, was set to go on trial in Kane County this week and will be sentenced on April 17. Four others...

Woman guilty in South Elgin heroin overdose death

Jan 29 2015 | 1:26 pm - A South Elgin woman faces anywhere from six to 30 years in prison after being convicted of supplying heroin to a woman in 2013 who died from an overdose. A jury took just 40 minutes to convict Andrea Nielsen, 25, of drug induced homicide in the...

Judge orders Feb. 24 primary for trustees, clerk

Jan 29 2015 | 6:34 pm - A judge Thursday ordered a Feb. 24 primary election for Campton Hills trustees and clerk. Unlike other primary elections, where candidates are eliminated, this one will determine if two write-in candidates are added to the April 7 general ballot if...

Delnor knife suspect has lengthy criminal past

Jan 29 2015 | 5:43 am - A 30-year-old man accused of strangling a relative and pulling a knife at Delnor Hospital in Geneva Tuesday has a lengthy criminal record. Justin B. Patzer, of Campton Hills, was arrested in Lake County, Ind., and will have a hearing Feb. 4 to begin...

Lawsuit filed in Aurora 2013 concrete mixer death

Jan 27 2015 | 4:39 pm - A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the Naperville-based Dukane Precast over a worker who was killed in a concrete mixer in July 2013. OSHA found eight violations at the company's Aurora plant after 39-year-old Vicente Guzman-Chaidez was...

Campton Hills ballot battle drags on

Jan 26 2015 | 6:02 pm - If the campaign for Campton Hills village president and trustee offices is as hard-fought as the battle to just get on the ballot, it will be quite an election. Attorneys for people seeking village offices this spring had another day in Kane County...

Crystal Lake couple, 6 others charged in $600,000 tax scheme

Jan 26 2015 | 5:45 am - A Crystal Lake couple and six others face charges in what federal authorities are calling a $600,000 tax scheme; Aurora and St. Charles police departments are gearing up for their spring citizen police academies.

Elgin man gets 6 years for sex assault of autistic woman

Jan 23 2015 | 6:04 pm - A 55-year-old Elgin man was sentenced to six years in prison after admitting to sexually assaulting a mentally disabled woman in April 2013. Kenneth Logwood must register as a sex offender. He was arrested after the woman became pregnant and police...

2 arrested in St. Charles tobacco shop robbery

Jan 22 2015 | 5:22 pm - St. Charles police have arrested two 20-year-old men on charges they robbed a tobacco store Jan. 4 at gunpoint and knife point. Rayshawn Vonperbandt and Jacob M. Fahey, both of St. Charles, face six to 30 years in prison if convicted. They are being...

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