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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Rise in domestic violence arrests concerns Kane state’s attorney

Feb 09 2016 | 5:51 pm - Felonies and misdemeanor arrests have continued their downward trend, but domestic violence arrests rose slightly last year in Kane County, which is troubling to State’s Attorney Joe McMahon.

Prison for pair accused of 4 Fox Valley robberies

Feb 08 2016 | 6:25 pm - A Chicago man and a former Carpentersville woman, suspected in four armed robberies in late 2014 in Elgin and Carpentersvillle, have pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison.

Elgin police: Man sold bogus Nike, North Face goods at flea market

Feb 05 2016 | 5:25 pm - A 66-year-old West Dundee man has been arrested by Elgin Police and charged with selling hundreds of counterfeit Nike, North Face and Michael Kors items at the Fox Valley Flea Market.

Former Aurora man convicted of 2011 attempted murder

Feb 05 2016 | 7:12 pm - A former Aurora man faces 10 to 30 years in prison after his conviction of attempted murder this week during a 2011 crime spree. Luis A. Lomeli, 40, of Plano, is already serving a separate 45-year sentence for a murder in LaSalle County.

4 charged in Wasco burglaries, vandalism

Feb 04 2016 | 5:51 pm - Four charged in school, nursery burglaries and vandalism in Campton Hills.

Maple Park picks new police chief to take over in May

Feb 04 2016 | 4:04 pm - Maple Park trustees chose one of their own, Sgt. Tony Ayala, to take over when police Chief Mike Acosta retires in May.

3 fighting heroin arrest on I-90 near Huntley

Feb 03 2016 | 5:19 pm - Three Minnesota residents accused of transporting nearly a pound heroin are fighting their November 2015 arrest on Interstate 90 near Huntley, saying a Kane County sheriff’s deputy had no probable cause to pull them over.

Elgin man who fled sex abuse trial gets 5 years’ prison

Jan 29 2016 | 5:58 pm - A former Elgin man who was convicted of sexual abuse after he fled during his own trial has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Jury: Arcada Theater owner didn’t pay former manager

Jan 29 2016 | 5:07 pm - A Kane County jury has determined Ron Onesti, who owns the historic Arcada Theater in St. Charles, violated the state’s deceptive practices act by failing to pay a former manager at a closed dinner club he owned.

S. Elgin woman accused of DUI, child endangerment after crashing car in Elgin

Jan 28 2016 | 5:08 pm - A 23-year-old South Elgin woman is accused of driving drunk and falling asleep at the wheel with her child in the back seat before crashing her car into a parked vehicle in Elgin.

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