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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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DuPage courts expert Lapinski to lead forest preserve

Aug 19 2014 | 5:55 pm - John J. Lapinski, 53, trial court administrator for DuPage County’s chief judge, signed a three-year contract worth $160,000 annually to lead the county forest preserve district. His background “doesn’t necessarily scream...

Ex-DuPage forest boss first to take early retirement plan he implemented

Aug 19 2014 | 7:36 pm - The DuPage County Forest Preserve District ended its 7-month relationship with Executive Director Arnie Biondo, who will be replaced by a DuPage courts administrator. Biondo exits with more than two years left on his contract, and will take...

Evaluation ordered for Wheaton teen in harassment case

Aug 18 2014 | 4:23 pm - One of two former Wheaton middle school students facing criminal charges in connection with the electronic posting of inappropriate images involving students and staff members has been ordered to undergo a psychosexual evaluation. Officials said...

Woman gets 20 days for driving school bus while intoxicated

Aug 19 2014 | 6:04 am - A former school bus driver pleaded guilty Monday to felony drunken driving for transporting West Chicago elementary students while she was intoxicated. Jill Beebe, 43, of the 600 block of Sunbury Road in South Elgin, was sentenced to 20 days in jail...

Furry, feathered friends receive blessings in West Chicago

Aug 16 2014 | 2:07 pm - West Chicago’s First United Methodist Church hosted it’s first Blessing of the Pets service Saturday morning. And you thought keeping a child entertained in church was rough. More than a dozen dogs, including the Rev. Timothy...

55 years for 2012 Willowbrook ‘street execution’

Aug 15 2014 | 4:51 pm - A 25-year-old Willowbrook man was sentenced Friday to 55 years in prison for the 2012 shooting death of 18-year-old Joshua Holmes in a feud over a drug debt. Juan Cuellar had said he feared for his safety, but, “This was nothing more than a...

Savage sculpture to grace atrium of new Aurora library

Aug 14 2014 | 6:09 pm - Aurora Public Library Foundation members and community members gathered Thursday in the steel and concrete shell of the library to announced a $250,000 grant from the Dunham Fund to support the arts and education at the new facility scheduled to...

Final suspect nabbed in Villa Park home invasion

Aug 14 2014 | 6:08 pm - A Chicago woman has been tracked down and now stands charged with being involved in a Villa Park home invasion last year in which three people were tied up and robbed. Toni Gipson, 33, of the 3100 block of South Throop, is charged with home invasion...

Charged in 3 Radio Shack stick-ups, pair found guilty of one in Lombard

Aug 13 2014 | 5:34 pm - Two Chicago men accused of targeting Radio Shack stores were found guilty Wednesday of the armed robbery of one last year near Lombard. It was the third such Radio Shack robbery the pair was charged with; the others occurred in Des Plaines and Elgin.

Woman gets 4 years for low-speed chase, crashing into 4 vehicles

Aug 08 2014 | 2:12 pm - An Elmhurst woman pleaded guilty Friday to leading police on a low-speed chase last year — during which she crashed into four vehicles, including two squad cars — between Bensenville to Elk Grove Village.

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