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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West Chicago man gets 9 years for selling fatal heroin dose

Apr 25 2017 | 12:38 pm - A West Chicago man was sentenced to nine years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to drug-induced homicide in the 2015 overdose death of a 20-year-old Naperville man.

Missing Elmhurst man confirmed dead

Apr 24 2017 | 1:38 pm - DuPage County officials have confirmed the body discovered Friday in the Elmhurst-Chicago Stone quarry was that of Justin Antony.

Lombard woman awarded $940,000 for 20-year-old dog bite

Apr 21 2017 | 7:58 pm - A DuPage County jury deliberated for eight hours Thursday before awarding a nearly $1 million verdict in a 9-year-old dog bite lawsuit. The $940,000 verdict was awarded on behalf of a 28-year-old Lombard woman who suffered injuries to her right...

Suit alleges Naperville cops allowed boy to be sexually abused

Apr 21 2017 | 9:19 pm - Naperville officials say they’re again prepared to vigorously defend themselves against a lawsuit that claims two police officers stood by while a woman sexually abused a 13-year-old boy in the back of a squad car on Halloween 2014.

DuPage deputy cleared in fatal shooting of Villa Park teen in January

Apr 21 2017 | 8:01 am - A DuPage County sheriff’s deputy was justified in the fatal Jan. 2 shooting of a 17-year-old Villa Park-area teen believed to be armed with a knife, the DuPage County state’s attorney ruled.

DuPage inmate already on $3.5 million bail racks up more felony charges

Apr 20 2017 | 5:25 pm - An Elgin man, already charged with the August abduction of a Wheaton College student in Glen Ellyn, faces three new counts of intimidation.

Downers Grove OKs renovations to Oak Trace that would displace seniors

Apr 20 2017 | 9:20 am - Downers Grove commissioners have voted unanimously to approve a $150 million redevelopment of the Oak Trace Senior Living Community at the intersection of Fairview Avenue and 66th Street, The move likely triggered a legal battle between the...

Oak Brook family wants $50M over geography bee cheating allegations

Apr 19 2017 | 8:22 am - A federal lawsuit seeking more than $50 million in damages has been filed against Butler Elementary District 53 in Oak Brook stemming from allegations of a cheating scandal dating to January of last year.

Woodridge man sentenced to 100 years for rape, robbery

Apr 19 2017 | 12:31 pm - Tevin Rainey earned every bit of his 100-year sentence for the 2015 rape and armed robbery of an 87-year-old Westmont woman, a DuPage County judge said Tuesday. “It’s hard to imagine a more frail or vulnerable victim than the woman I...

Downers Grove seniors fear eviction if development moves forward

Apr 14 2017 | 8:33 pm - When 82-year-old Pete Riley and his wife, Pat, moved from Crest Hill into Downers Grove’s Oak Trace senior living community in 2014, he planned on it being the last move the couple would make. Now the Rileys and dozens of other residents fear...

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