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Justin Kmitch

Legal Affairs Writer

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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Man banned from Elmhurst park after exposing himself

Apr 18 2014 | 5:05 pm - A 19-year-old Bellwood man will spend his 20th birthday behind bars after pleading guilty Friday in DuPage County to public indecency and lewd exposure. Nikolai Anderson will report to DuPage County Jail on June 1, three days before his birthday, to...

Trial begins for Carol Stream man accused of molesting teen girls

Apr 16 2014 | 5:02 pm - A registered sex offender from Carol Stream is standing trial this week on charges he molested two teenage girls, including one who was at his home for a sleepover. During Wednesday’s opening statements, Assistant State’s Attorney Ann...

Dawn Patrol: Pedophile gets 50 years; safe driving gets two teens cars

Apr 16 2014 | 5:47 am - Des Plaines pedophile gets 50 years in prison. Huntley teen who crashed SUV doesn't have a license. Elk Grove, Grayslake North teens win cars for safe driving. Tea Party members in St. Charles call for GOP takeover. Elgin, Huntley see benefits to...

Bail reduction denied in Naperville murder case

Apr 16 2014 | 4:31 pm - Defense attorneys argued Wednesday that the $2 million bail for a 21-year-old man accused of killing his new Naperville roommate is oppressive and unreasonable because their client acted in self-defense. However, the bail will stand, as Grant Muren...

Huntley teen who crashed SUV into townhouse is not licensed

Apr 15 2014 | 9:38 pm - A 17-year-old Huntley resident who drove an SUV into two townhouses Monday afternoon was not licensed to drive, police said. The unidentified teen was charged late Tuesday with not having a valid driver’s license and failing to reduce his...

Des Plaines pedophile sentenced to 50 years in prison

Apr 15 2014 | 8:55 pm - A Des Plaines man convicted of molesting 11 children of friends, relatives and co-workers was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years in prison. Bobby Cruz, 34, photographed himself abusing the children ages 2 to 11, in places ranging from a friend’s...

Woman who kicked Naperville cop pleads guilty

Apr 14 2014 | 3:49 pm - A Chicago woman who started her new year off on the wrong foot when she kicked a Naperville cop was sentenced Monday in DuPage County. Willette T. Duncan, 27, of Chicago pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated battery of a police officer and was...

Addison mom gets 7 years for stabbing young son

Apr 14 2014 | 4:54 pm - An Addison mother who stabbed her 3-year-old son in the neck “so they could die together” was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison.

Bartlett man sentenced in 2010 burglary

Apr 14 2014 | 7:49 pm - A Bartlett man accused of breaking into an elderly woman’s house, exposing himself, and then punching her and knocking her down a flight of stairs was sentenced to prison Monday.

Woodridge man accused of threatening cops with baseball bat

Apr 11 2014 | 4:45 pm - A Woodridge man is accused of charging police officers with a baseball bat before they subdued him with a stun gun. Peter Valinskas, 31, called police on March 30 to warn them that he was “off his medication” and was destroying his...

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