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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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Waiting in the cold for deals in the suburbs

Nov 27 2014 | 6:21 pm - Whether it was to score deals on flat-screen television sets, or get last-minute supplies for entertaining guests, suburban shoppers were at stores Thursday afternoon. But they had mixed feelings. "I hate shopping on Thanksgiving," Rich Arment of...

Another big turnout for annual Elgin community dinner

Nov 27 2014 | 5:34 pm - For the first time in six years, Bill Litton was not volunteering at Jeff Turner’s annual Elgin community Thanksgiving dinner at First United Methodist Church. but those in attendance said his spirit was strong. Litton and his wife, Neile,...

Bartlett man gets 4 years for Lisle road-rage shooting

Nov 26 2014 | 3:33 pm - Vaughn Atkins of Bartlett insists he was protecting his family when he fired a handgun at another vehicle following a traffic altercation earlier this year in Lisle. A DuPage County judge, however, decided Atkins caused a much greater public safety...

Child’s Voice teacher helps empower kids with hearing loss

Nov 26 2014 | 10:47 am - Last Thanksgiving, 4-year-old Aryan Patel stood up at his family’s dinner table and told everyone he was thankful for his food and family. While not an unusual scenario for many families, it was at that moment that Angela Chaudhari and her...

Naperville man gets prison time for bringing heroin into jail

Nov 25 2014 | 4:27 pm - A Naperville man charged with several heroin-related crimes, including bringing the drug into jail by hiding it in his rectum, was sentenced Tuesday to two 4-year prison terms.Michael Chacón, 25, of the 1200 block of Suffolk Street, pleaded...

Judge to hand down sentence on Lisle road rage shooter

Nov 25 2014 | 7:02 pm - A Barlett man admitted Tuesday that he exercised poor judgment but maintained he was protecting his family last March when he opened fire on another driver during a traffic altercation near Lisle. A DuPage County judge will decide Wednesday morning...

Bloomingdale teen gets probation for robbery spree

Nov 21 2014 | 5:52 pm - The second member of a two-brother burglary team to plead guilty to preying on suburban businesses last summer will spend a half year in jail. Frankie Panoski, 18, of the 200 block of Oakwood Lane in Bloomingdale, was sentenced Friday to 180 days in...

Five years for second man charged in Naperville armed robbery

Nov 20 2014 | 4:24 pm - A Naperville man charged with two armed robberies reported in one week in May at the same 7-Eleven in Naperville, was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday.

Trial date set for truck driver in I-88 crash

Nov 20 2014 | 4:43 pm - A Hanover Park truck driver accused of causing a January crash along I-88 that killed Wheeling tollway worker Vincent Petrella and seriously injured a state trooper, will stand trial Feb. 24. Renato Velasquez, 46, is charged with operating a...

Ex-Bear sentenced to 18 months in prison for repeat DUI

Nov 19 2014 | 4:18 pm - It’s third and 18 months to go for a former Chicago Bears quarterback who pleaded guilty Wednesday to his third DUI and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. DuPage County prosecutors said Bob Avellini, 61, entered court unannounced and...

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