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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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Hundreds remember Jimmy Piersall at memorial service

Jun 23 2017 | 6:40 pm - Friends and family remembered former baseball star Jimmy Piersall during a memorial service Friday in West Chicago. “Jimmy Piersall was a winner,” broadcaster and family friend Tom Shaer said during the service.

Indiana man pleads guilty to brutal attack of Willowbrook woman

Jun 22 2017 | 2:38 pm - A South Bend man has pleaded guilty to multiple charges related to the 2015 sexual assault and attempted murder of a 26-year-old Willowbrook woman.

Bloomingdale cops riding to remember Officer Raymond Murrell

Jun 21 2017 | 4:08 pm - The Bloomingdale Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 175 has organized the first Ride for Ray, a one-hour motorcycle ride through the suburbs to remember fallen Officer Raymond Murrell, a motorcycle enthusiast.

Family settles for $1 million in death of infant at Lombard day care

Jun 21 2017 | 2:20 pm - The family of a 3-month-old girl who died at a Lombard day care in November has settled a $1 million lawsuit against the center’s insurance company.

Woodridge Sam’s Club closing at end of month

Jun 21 2017 | 7:53 pm - THe Woodridge Sam’s Club will close for good on June 30 after 24 years in the village. Company officials say the closing is tied to a long-term business strategy.

Trial continues for Carol Stream woman accused of trying to poison stepdaughter

Jun 21 2017 | 8:53 am - The bench trial for a Carol Stream woman accused of mixing nail polish remover into a toddler’s cup of milk will continue next month after a DuPage County judge ruled Tuesday that prosecutors have so far presented sufficient evidence to gain...

Des Plaines man charged in Bensenville slaying

Jun 21 2017 | 8:53 am - A 27-year-old Des Plaines man has been charged in the Sunday stabbing death of a Bensenville woman.

Popular juried art show returns to Cantigny

Jun 14 2017 | 1:41 pm - Something special is blooming this weekend among the gardens at Cantigny Park — fine art.

Bloomingdale dentist to provide free services

Jun 15 2017 | 4:04 pm - Dr. Rajul Patel thanks her family for instilling a passion for helping people, a passion that led her into the medical field. But it wasn’t until college that she discovered her passion for dentistry. Next Friday, June 23, Patel will combine...

Judge finds Lisle man guilty of home invasion, sexual assault

Jun 09 2017 | 8:11 pm - A 41-year-old man formally of Lisle, now faces between 24 and 60 years in prison after being convicted Friday of six counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and one count of home invasion in a case that dates back to February 1999.

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