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Justin Kmitch

Legal Affairs Writer
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Justin Kmitch covers the DuPage County courts.

Since joining the Daily Herald in June 2000 Justin also has covered the communities Aurora, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Itasca, Lisle and Indian Prairie Unit District 204, Naperville and Naperville Unit District 203, Warrenville, West Chicago and Wood Dale.

Kmitch has also appeared on WBBM NewsRadio 780, where he has discussed stories he has written for the Daily Herald. In 2001, Kmitch was a member of a Lisagor award-winning team honored for coverage of the rampage of factory worker William D. Baker, 66, who killed four co-workers, then himself, at the Navistar International factory in February 2001.

Before joining the Daily Herald, Kmitch graduated from Eastern Illinois University where he wrote and edited for his student newspaper and received a bachelor's degree in journalism. He also earned his master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois in Springfield. As part of the master's degree program at UIS, Kmitch completed an internship in the now-defunct Gannett Springfield bureau covering statehouse politics. You can keep up with Justin at www.facebook.com/justinkmitch.dailyherald

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We’re thankful for the Roselle Knights of Columbus

Dec 01 2016 | 1:02 pm - Members of the Roselle Knights of Columbus Council 5732, are again leading the nation in coat distribution to underpriveledged children from Roselle to Chicago, and they’re only half-way done.

Santa takes time off during his busy season to play golf at Cantigny

Dec 03 2016 | 6:19 pm - More than 60 Santas teed off Saturday morning at Wheaton’s Cantigny Golf Course, but not one made a Ho-Ho-Hole in one. This was the third consecutive year local photographer Jay Geil and friends have organized the charity event, which s...

Lake County deputies arrest two out of state fugitives in two days

Dec 03 2016 | 3:15 pm - The Lake County Sheriff’s Warrants Team has apprehended two out-of-state fugitives in as many days. Brandon B. Campbell, 36, of unincorporated Mundelein, and Luis A. Sosa, 28, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, both were wanted on charges of aggravated...

Wheaton, Glen Ellyn men charged in kidnapping, armed robbery

Dec 02 2016 | 6:31 pm - Two men have been charged in the Nov. 26 kidnapping and armed robbery of a 36-year-old ride-share driver in Glen Ellyn.

Getaway driver in Bensenville slaying sentenced to 8 years

Dec 02 2016 | 7:47 pm - The getaway driver during the 2014 attempted robbery and fatal shooting of a Bensenville convenience store clerk was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison.

One driver killed in I-88 crash had survived al-Qaida firing squad

Dec 02 2016 | 8:14 pm - Three people — a survivor of an al-Qaida firing squad, an Elgin man believed to be a Marine recruiter and a returning business traveler 10 minutes from home — were killed early Friday morning when a car headed the wrong way on I-88...

Glendale Heights man charged in burglary

Nov 30 2016 | 6:52 pm - A 31-year-old Glendale Heights man, Jonathan Pfeifer, has been charged with two counts of burglary and one count of possession of a contyroled substance, police said Wednesday.

Aurora man gets 48 years for murder of DuPage County jail nurse

Nov 30 2016 | 12:54 pm - A DuPage County judge on Wednesday all but assured Jose Loera will never be a free man again.
Judge George Bakalis sentenced Loera, 38, of Aurora, to 48 years in prison for the 2014 murder of 32-year-old Heather Jacobi.

Charges dropped in Naperville ‘Simpsons’ graffiti case

Nov 29 2016 | 10:26 am - Citing a lack of evidence, DuPage County prosecutors Tuesday dismissed all charges against Joseph D’Auben who was accused of littering downtown Naperville with “Simpsons”-inspired graffiti in the summer of 2013.

Women testify to Aurora man’s abuse before he killed ex-girlfriend

Nov 29 2016 | 6:41 pm - Jose Loera’s ex-wife and other women testified Tuesday to the physical and emotional abuse they suffered at the hands of the Aurora man who has pleaded guilty to strangling his ex-girlfriend in March 2014.

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