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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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Downers Grove man guilty in mother’s 2013 murder

Feb 23 2017 | 3:40 pm - A Downers Grove man faces between 45 years and life in prison after being convicted Thursday of firing a single, fatal shot into his mother’s head outside a Burr Ridge church.

Trial begins for Downers Grove man accused of fatally shooting mother

Feb 22 2017 | 6:20 pm - The trial began Wednesday for the Downers Grove man accused of shooting his mother in the head in the backseat of her car in a Burr Ridge church parking lot. Michael Bassaly is accused of five counts of first degree murder.

Downers Grove man accused of killing mother to stand trial

Feb 21 2017 | 7:28 pm - The jury trial for a Downers Grove man accused of murdering his mother in a church parking lot will begin Wednesday morning. Michael Zaky Bassaly, 30, is charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the Aug. 29, 2013, slaying. If convicted, he...

Wheaton murder suspect barred from contacting ex-wife’s children

Feb 21 2017 | 4:23 pm - In his first court appearance since being charged with killing his ex-wife, Lee Leinweber had restrictions placed on his communication. Prosecutors Tuesday filed a motion banning Leinweber from contacting any of Erin Leinweber’s three adult...

Suspect sought in Palatine Township armed robbery

Feb 18 2017 | 2:50 pm - Cook County sheriff’s officials are searching for a man who robbed a Palatine Township gas station at about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Temperature reaches 70 degrees at O’Hare, shattering 36-year record

Feb 18 2017 | 5:30 pm - A 36-year-old weather record was shattered Saturday as the high temperature reached 70 degrees at O’Hare International Airport. A previous high of 62 set the record on Feb. 18, 1981.

Carbon monoxide scare sends four to Naperville hospital

Feb 18 2017 | 3:35 pm - A faulty water heater was to blame for an early morning carbon monoxide scare in Naperville that sent four people to the hospital Saturday morning.

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital unveils $76 million addition

Feb 18 2017 | 6:33 pm - Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital will officially open a new addition, featuring 96 new private rooms and other state of the art features on March 1.

Naperville cops: Finding professor’s killer ‘top priority’

Feb 17 2017 | 1:54 pm - Rewards have been issued and leads have been followed but Naperville police and Will County investigators have not yet solved the Jan. 27 slaying of an Oswego man outside Naperville’s Scullen Middle School.

West Chicago man convicted in fiery fatal DUI crash

Feb 16 2017 | 6:37 pm - Omar Montoya Medina, of West Chicago, faces between three and 14 years in prison for driving drunk and causing a fiery crash that killed a Warrenville man in the late hours of Dec. 5, 2014. Medina was traveling 100 mph with a blood-alcohol...

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