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 held on child porn charges

Sep 03 2015 | 5:29 pm - Prosecutors say West Chicago man's electronics showed he was both viewing and distributing child pornography.

DuPage judge dismisses Ohio woman’s suit against Downers Grove sperm bank

Sep 03 2015 | 5:48 pm - A DuPage County judge dismissed a wrongful birth suit Thursday against a Downers Grove sperm bank that gave an Ohio woman the wrong sperm. Jennifer Cramblett, of Uniontown, Ohio, is expected to refile her lawsuit as a negligence claim.

$5 million bail set for Indiana man charged in Willowbrook assault

Sep 02 2015 | 3:58 pm - Bail has been set at $5 million for an Indiana man charged in the weekend attack of a woman in her Willowbrook home, DuPage County officials said Wednesday.

Wheaton lawyer accused of swindling clients out of $2.26 million

Sep 03 2015 | 8:36 am - Prosecutors say Wheaton attorney Robert Beck stole more than $1 million from the estates of dead clients and then covered it up by stealing more than $1 million from his existing clients to pay back the estates.

Naperville man gets jail time in 2014 drug bust

Sep 02 2015 | 9:11 pm - A low-ranking member of a Naperville drug ring, busted up last summer, gets 75 days in jail and probation.

Lisle village clerk charged with third DUI

Aug 31 2015 | 5:51 pm - Lisle’s elected village clerk, who also served as an official for an area Boy Scouts of America council, was charged with drunken driving Aug. 1 after he was found sleeping in his car on Jewell Road in Winfield, officials confirmed Monday.

Jail time for West Chicago woman who stole from PTO

Aug 28 2015 | 4:15 pm - A former West Chicago PTO treasurer pleaded guilty to stealing $15,000 from two PTOs to "put out fires" and solve her personal finance issues. She was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Aurora to keep list of ‘habitual drunkards,’ limit booze sales

Aug 27 2015 | 6:19 pm - Aurora liquor establishments have mixed views on the city's new plan to create a "habitual drunkards" list. One bar owner says she's already taken the law into her own hands.

Chicago man guilty in Addison garden-tool assault

Aug 27 2015 | 12:09 pm - A judge found a Chicago man guilty of attacking an Addison man with a garden tool. Runaldo Ramsey, 35, was convicted of aggravated battery and home invasion.
Prosecutors said an ex-girlfriend’s $50 debt sparked the attack.

Geneva man pleads guilty in DUI crash that killed two in Naperville

Aug 26 2015 | 6:58 pm - A Geneva man pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges from a fatal DUI crash last year in Naperville — a tragedy that spurred the city’s crackdown on late-night drinking in its downtown taverns. Michael Szot, 22, faces 6 to 28 years in...

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