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James Fuller

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Jim Fuller was named the Kane County and St. Charles reporter in July 2008. He is responsible for all news in Kane County government and politics, 14th Congressional District news and politics and St. Charles city and school news.

Jim began his career at the Daily Herald in 2001, covering Barrington schools, Barrington area government, Buffalo Grove area schools, Wheeling area schools and Prospect Heights government and schools. He then moved to the paper's DuPage County bureau and covered Wheaton government, parks and school districts.

During his time at the paper, he has made several appearances on radio and television to provide insight into his reporting. In his career, Jim covered the first and fifth anniversaries of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with reporting from New York. He reunited a father with his sons through reporting of their kidnapping and transport to Mexico. And his reporting led to the indictment of the Kane County Coroner for criminal misconduct.

Jim is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he majored in journalism. He is also an alumnus of the Washington Semester in Politics and Journalism program in Washington, D.C., and he has a master's degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield as a graduate of the Public Affairs Reporting program. Jim was born and raised on Chicago's west side. He now lives in the Western suburbs. Jim is also a licensed EMT and a graduate of the paramedic program at Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin through Elgin Community College. Follow Jim at his blog:; on Facebook by searching Daily Herald James Fuller; or on Twitter: @DH_JFuller.

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St. Charles police seek to define “intoxication”

Jul 23 2014 | 5:10 pm - As St. Charles officials continue to try to get unruly bar activity in the downtown under control, the city’s liquor commission is forming its own definition of what it means to be intoxicated. The definition goes beyond the standard training...

St. Charles aldermen refuse discussion of video gambling at Moose lodge

Jul 21 2014 | 11:54 pm - Members of a St. Charles fraternal organization asked aldermen to consider permitting video gambling at their lodge, but aldermen quickly killed any discussion of the request Monday.

Hultgren holds meeting on reducing backlog of veteran claims

Jul 18 2014 | 5:21 pm - Congressman Randy Hultgren sorted through gripes with various veterans groups about the quality of services they receive through the government Friday. Chief among the complaints is an average three year waiting time to work through the appeals...

Kane Co. circuit court clerk puts son on payroll

Jul 16 2014 | 6:34 pm - There are now two Hartwells on Kane County's payroll as the elected circuit court clerk, Tom, recently hired his son, Dave. Tom Hartwell said he hired his son, who is a math teacher in Arkansas, for a part-time summer job because he was having a...

Kane County animal control poised to pay off $1.5 million debt

Jul 15 2014 | 9:13 pm - A preview of the 2015 budget for Kane County's animal control agency shows the department is on track to zero out the so-called mortgage debt it owes county taxpayers for the construction of its facility by 2017. When that happens, it will provide...

St. Charles to set loose standards for chicken ownership

Jul 15 2014 | 5:42 am - St. Charles residents will continue to have free-range ability to raise chickens in the city, according to a new set of rules unveiled Monday night. “We're not going to go out and be the chicken police,” said Bob Vann, the city's...

Kane Co. closing in on $6.8 million technology upgrade

Jul 12 2014 | 12:03 am - Kane County board members weighed in for the first time on a massive technology upgrade for the county's legal system Friday. The price tag is either more or less than advertised just a couple months ago, but every new estimate is far below the...

Longmeadow Parkway bridge project gets $20 million cheaper

Jul 11 2014 | 5:48 am - The cost to build the new Longmeadow toll bridge will drop by about $20 million thanks to some re-engineering of the project. Several changes were adopted to reduce the cost and long-term maintenance commitment. The overall cost is now projected to...

Kane Co. earmarks $1 million for planned cross-country facility

Jul 09 2014 | 6:20 pm - A draft of Kane County's 2015 budget shows $1 million earmarked for the actual construction of a new cross country course at the old Settler's Hill landfill in Geneva. The money is a little less than the original overall cost projection for the...

Latest Kane Co. raises draw long-term budget concerns

Jul 08 2014 | 6:40 pm - A vote to provide salary increases to union and non-union employees who work at Kane County's juvenile justice center sparked some concerns Tuesday. Some officials said it's unclear how the county can keep swallowing the added costs of all the new...

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