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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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Elk Grove man facing trial on allegations he abused friend’s daughters

Jan 25 2015 | 3:56 pm - An Elk Grove Village man is scheduled to stand trial this week on accusations he sexually abused a friend’s 5- and 9-year-old daughters and photographed the attacks. Scott J. Gates, 35, of the 600 block of Carroll Square, has been held on...

Woodridge man charged with rape, robbery of 80-year-old Westmont woman

Jan 21 2015 | 7:10 pm - A 21-year-old Woodridge man is being held on $5 million bail accused of the New Year’s Day rape and robbery of an elderly Westmont woman. Prosecutors say Tevin Rainey forced his way into the apartment of an 80-year-old woman at 5 a.m. on Jan.

Hinsdale man pleads not guilty to Bloomingdale murder

Jan 21 2015 | 7:27 pm - The “cold, calculated and premeditated” manner in which Bloomingdale resident Nate Fox was shot on Dec. 22 has led prosecutors to seek increased penalties for the man accused of killing him. Assistant State’s Attorney Tim...

Villa Park man guilty of murder in 2012 Lombard arson case

Jan 21 2015 | 5:24 am - A Villa Park man faces life in prison after being found guilty of starting a July 2012 fire that killed a 24-year-old woman and severely burned a 25-year-old man. A 12-member DuPage County jury deliberated less than two hours Tuesday before...

Danica Patrick races into Lombard Thursday

Jan 20 2015 | 11:51 am - Danica Patrick is driven. She'll be in Lombard Thursday to kick off a campaign with Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare to motivate people to get healthy. "Who is more driven than Danica Patrick? She symbolizes what we're talking about — determination...

Cops: Hinsdale man's 'emotional affair,' jealousy led to slaying

Jan 16 2015 | 6:54 pm - A wealthy Hinsdale businessman, whom prosecutors say was obsessed with the misguided notion that a woman he was having an “emotional affair” with was seeing another man, is now charged with killing that man. Prosecutors say Jeffrey...

Lombard fire survivor testifies in murder, arson trial

Jan 16 2015 | 5:23 am - Jason Cassidy says he remembers very little from the night that changed his life but scars he bears now serve as a constant reminder. Cassidy, 27, of Villa Park, suffered smoke inhalation injuries and third-degree burns over 40 percent of his body...

Testimony: Suspect, victim argued before fatal fire

Jan 14 2015 | 10:52 pm - Todd Mandoline and Paula Morgan fought over a necklace Mandoline had recently given her just hours be she died in a house fire he is accused of starting.

Prosecutors: Villa Park man admitted to starting fatal fire

Jan 13 2015 | 11:04 pm - “I hope you all die.” Prosecutors say those were the last words yelled by Todd Mandoline as he was being escorted from a party in the home that he is accused of torching just two hours later, killing 24-year-old Paula Morgan and...

Villa Park man injured, cats killed in garage fire

Jan 12 2015 | 3:16 pm - A Villa Park man was injured and at least three cats killed Sunday night as the man attempted to extinguish a fire in his garage in the 1100 block of North Yale Avenue. Villa Park Fire Chief Ronald Rakosnik said his crews responded to the fire at...

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