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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 County deputies net five in domestic violence sweep

Oct 20 2017 | 9:33 am - DuPage County deputies captured five domestic violence offenders wanted on warrants Thursday in a sweep done to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

New venue for DuPage judge’s reckless conduct case

Oct 20 2017 | 12:49 pm - Reckless conduct charges against DuPage County Judge Patrick O’Shea will be heard in Kane County court to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

Judge bans cameras at hazing arraignments for Wheaton College football players

Oct 18 2017 | 11:23 am - When four of five suspended Wheaton College football players accused of hazing are arraigned Monday on aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint charges, cameras will not be allowed in the DuPage County courtroom. Judge Brian Telander...

Appeals court upholds murder sentence for Westmont man

Oct 18 2017 | 4:31 pm - Illinois’ Second District Appellate Court has affirmed a jury’s 2015 first-degree murder conviction of William Clifford III of Westmont for the slaying of his 63-year-old father, William Clifford, Jr.

Warrenville man charged in 135 mph fatal Wheaton crash out on bail

Oct 18 2017 | 5:07 pm - A Warrenville man, free on home confinement after posting bail two weeks after he was accused of causing a deadly crash while traveling 135 mph in Wheaton, has been granted permission to leave his home for medical and psychological appointments,...

Police report: DuPage judge said bullet hole caused by screwdriver

Oct 17 2017 | 8:10 pm - DuPage County Judge Patrick O’Shea told property managers he was hanging a mirror in his bedroom last month when he accidentally punched a hole with a screwdriver in the common wall with an adjoining apartment. It wasn’t until nine...

DuPage County judge removed from bench after reckless conduct arrest

Oct 16 2017 | 4:10 pm - DuPage County Judge Patrick O’Shea has been removed from all his judicial duties after his arrest Friday on a reckless conduct charge in Wheaton. Wheaton police Monday said O’Shea, 67, was arrested on a warrant stemming from Sept. 15...

Longtime Republican lawmaker Pihos faces retail theft charge

Oct 14 2017 | 10:49 am - A four-time Illinois Legislator of the Year is free on $1,500 bail following a recent shoplifting arrest, authorities said. Former Republican representative Sandra Pihos, of the 500 block of Williamsburgh Road in Glen Ellyn, is charged with retail...

Widow to get $5.9 million in death of construction worker in Elmhurst

Oct 12 2017 | 1:39 pm - A Cook County judge has awarded a $5.9 million settlement to the widow of a Wisconsin electrician who was killed after being hit by a truck while working in an IDOT construction zone in Elmhurst.

Man unfit to stand trial in Naperville Amtrak shooting

Oct 11 2017 | 6:34 pm - A 79-year-old Wisconsin man charged with the May shooting of an Amtrak conductor in Naperville has been found mentally unfit to stand trial.

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