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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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.

Blackhawks, Elgin Country Club unite to help late manager’s family

Aug 28 2015 | 8:57 am - Members of the Elgin Country Club and Chicago Blackhawks players and alumni teamed up Thursday to raise money for the family and four chilldren of Clint Reif, an assistant equipment manager for the who killed himself last December. "Anything we can...

Batavia fire lieutenant accused of domestic abuse had prior arrests

Aug 26 2015 | 7:24 pm - A Batavia Fire Department lieutenant, who was placed on paid administrative leave Aug. 13 after his arrest on felony domestic abuse charges, had previous domestic violence arrests and a DUI, court records show.

Algonquin man accused of sex toy attack at haunted house gets probation, fine

Aug 25 2015 | 6:12 pm - A 24-year-old man accused of dressing as a clown and using sex toys to harass and attack a woman and her daughter at a Montgomery-area haunted house recently received a year of supervision and a $500 fine after pleading guilty. Robert S. Keller, of...

Daughter sues Kane County, sheriffs over mom’s 2013 jail suicide

Aug 24 2015 | 7:41 pm - The daughter of a 56-year-old South Elgin woman who hanged herself at the Kane County jail in August 2013 has sued, arguing the sheriff, correctional officers and medical personnel routinely disregard detainees' medical and mental health needs.

Kane Sheriff: Man ate fake license sticker after traffic stop

Aug 23 2015 | 4:16 pm - You could say a West Chicago man got his fill after a recent traffic stop near St. Charles. Authorities say the man tried to hide evidence of a phony registration sticker by removing it from his license plat and eating it.

Two charged in murder of Bartlett man who went missing a year ago

Aug 21 2015 | 5:18 pm - Authorities have charged two men with the murder of Keith K. Crawford, a 36-year-old Bartlett man who went missing after going to a party in West Dundee in August 2014.

19 years prison for Maple Park cocaine dealer

Aug 21 2015 | 4:34 pm - A 42-year-old Maple Park man has been sentenced to 19 years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing more than 6 pounds of cocaine at his home near Kaneland High School.

Former deputy facing Kane County drug charges fighting his arrest, search

Aug 21 2015 | 8:42 am - A 57-year-old former Oregon sheriff deputy accused of trafficking marijuana and other drugs is fighting his February 2014 arrest. Floyd W. Marsh, of Creswell, Oregon, argues a roadside search was illegal because a drug sniffing dog never gave the...

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