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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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$2M bail for son accused of killing dad in St. Charles Township

Aug 15 2017 | 4:03 pm - A judge Tuesday set bail at $2 million for a 22-year-old man accused of stabbing his father more than 100 times and killing him last weekend.

Son charged with killing father in St. Charles Township

Aug 15 2017 | 5:44 am - A 22-year-old St. Charles Township man has been charged with murder in the Sunday stabbing death of his father. John Shenko will be in bond call Tuesday and faces 20 to 60 years in prison if convicted of killing Kevin Shenko, 60.

East Dundee day care sued after coffee scalds child

Aug 11 2017 | 3:24 pm - An East Dundee day care facility is being sued by a woman who argues her 5-year-old daughter was scalded after a worker spilled coffee on her in May 2014.

Elgin man accused of five ecstasy deals with undercover police

Aug 10 2017 | 6:46 pm - A 25-year-old Elgin man was charged this week with making five ecstasy deals with undercover police earlier this year. Brandon S. Ledbetter was being held on $100,000 bail.

Second lawsuit brought over Kane County circuit clerk fees

Aug 09 2017 | 4:25 pm - A second lawsuit has been filed alleging the Kane County circuit court clerk’s office has improperly charged and collected fees on non-final court orders.

Crystal Lake double murder suspect makes first court appearance

Aug 08 2017 | 7:01 pm - A Crystal Lake man accused of shooting his wife and a 15-year-old last week had a brief court appearance Tuesday, while relatives of the victims have launched online fundraising to pay for funeral expenses.

Partial settlement from injuries in slide accident at District 300 school

Aug 08 2017 | 10:31 am - A lawsuit filed by two students against Community Unit School District 300 for injuries suffered after an inflatable slide tipped over in May 2013 at an Algonquin elementary school event has been partially settled.

Bail hiked for former Aurora minister to stop deportation before sex abuse trial

Jul 28 2017 | 6:58 pm - The government’s new policy of seeking to deport noncitizens who have pending criminal cases has prompted a Kane County judge to increase the bond for a former Aurora minister accused of sexual abuse so he can stand trial in September.

State’s attorney says he’s grateful for jury that acquitted Daniel Rak of murder

Jul 27 2017 | 4:38 pm - Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said he is not disappointed, but grateful, for the jury that found a 31-year-old man innocent of the first-degree murder of his father.

$2M bail set for 2 charged with heroin, cocaine conspiracy in Kane, Kendall counties

Jul 27 2017 | 11:47 am - Two men have been arrested and charged in a conspiracy to transport and distribute heroin and cocaine in the Kane and Kendall county areas.

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