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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Wisconsin man held on $1.5M bail in shooting of Amtrak conductor

May 19 2017 | 6:17 pm - A 79-year-old man from West Allis, Wisconsin, is being held on $1.5 million bail after being charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery in the Tuesday afternoon shooting of an Amtrak conductor.

Key witness takes stand in Bloomingdale murder trial

May 19 2017 | 5:41 pm - The Hinsdale woman at the center of Jeff Keller’s alleged bizarre plot to kill Bloomingdale man Nate Fox spent most of Friday on the witness stand. Kathryn “Katie” Cole spent a majority of the time denying that she ever had...

Downers Grove man accused of slashing mother with ax

May 19 2017 | 5:10 pm - A Downers Grove man is accused of slashing his 80-year-old mother in the face and head with an ax. John Flick, 57, of the 4000 block of Earlston Road, is charged with aggravated battery to a senior citizen.

Bail set at $100,000 for Willowbrook teen charged in fatal crash

May 19 2017 | 11:08 pm - Bail has been set at $100,000 for a Willowbrook teen charged in the hit-and-run death of a Westmont man after a crash that injured four others late Wednesday night. Marlon K. Myles, 19, of the 16W500 block of Honeysuckle Rose Lane, has been charged...

Old college pal testifies against Bloomingdale murder suspect

May 18 2017 | 7:23 pm - An old friend of Jeffrey Keller’s testified that Keller flew to Texas and confessed to the Bloomingdale murder of Nate Fox murder in his living room.

Former Wheaton College professor back behind bars on child porn charges

May 18 2017 | 2:51 pm - A former Wheaton College professor, convicted in 2013 of child pornography charges, is back behind bars after admitting to violating his probation by potentially watching more child pornography. Donald Ratcliff, 65, is being held on $150,000 bail.

Carol Stream woman tried to poison stepdaughter, dad testifies

May 17 2017 | 10:57 pm - Andrea Vazquez-Hernandez, 37, is charged with aggravated battery. Prosecutors say she tried to poison the girl after a dispute with her husband and the girl’s mother. She is accused of putting about an inch of nail polish remover in the...

Trial begins in 2014 shooting death of Bloomingdale man

May 17 2017 | 11:12 pm - It was a Hinsdale businessman’s “bizarre fanatical addiction” to a local “soccer mom” that prosecutors say led to the Dec. 22, 2014, shooting death of a Bloomingdale man. Jeffrey Keller, 53, is charged with...

Aurora man charged in fatal Naperville crash

May 11 2017 | 7:02 pm - A 34-year-old Aurora man has been charged in connection with a single-vehicle fatal DUI crash in Naperville.

Woman escapes injuries as truck grazes house near Addison

May 11 2017 | 4:52 pm - Connie Palade has lived roughly 150 feet off busy Army Trail Road near Addison for about 50 years without any problems. That all changed about 9:45 a.m. Thursday when an 18-wheeler struck a parked and unoccupied pickup truck and sent it against the...

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