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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Parkland survivors, local students support gun control at Naperville town hall

Jun 16 2018 | 11:37 pm - Students and activists in the Western suburbs are hosting the second day of the Parkland students’ Road to Change tour with a town hall discussion.

Two face charges in Naperville shooting

Jun 15 2018 | 11:36 am - Two suburban men have been charged with multiple misdemeanor and felony counts stemming from a Wednesday afternoon shooting in Naperville.

Prosecutor: Man shot worker at Stratford Square Mall after being kicked out of store

Jun 13 2018 | 5:58 pm - Bail was set at $750,000 Wednesday for a Glendale Heights man accused of shooting a Burlington store loss prevention officer during a struggle Tuesday afternoon in Bloomingdale that ended outside.

Former Aurora alderwoman pleads guilty to stealing from Meijer

Jun 13 2018 | 4:27 pm - Despite it being her fourth guilty plea to retail theft charges since 2003, a former Aurora alderwoman was given the benefit of the county’s Second Chance Probation diversion program Wednesday after admitting to shoplifting items from a...

Elle King, Aaron Neville headline Blues on the Fox in Aurora

Jun 13 2018 | 11:16 am - In previous years, Aurora’s annual Blues on the Fox weekend concert series would start mellow and work its way up to the big time performers. This year, they’re doing something “a little different,” according to RiverEdge...

Bloomingdale police investigating shooting at Stratford Square

Jun 13 2018 | 7:24 am - Bloomingdale police are investigating a shooting at the Burlington Coat Factory store at Stratford Square Mall, Director of Publc Safety Frank Giammarese said Tuesday afternoon.

Man who refused to testify against co-defendant in Bensenville slaying gets longer sentence

Jun 12 2018 | 7:11 pm - Refusing to cooperate with prosecutors at his co-defendant’s 2016 murder trial has earned Kenneth Bardlett an additional five years in prison.

DuPage coroner names victim 9 days after shooting

Jun 12 2018 | 4:43 pm - It took nine days, but the DuPage County coroner’s office on Tuesday finally released the victim’s name in a June 3 fatal shooting near Roselle.

Glen Ellyn man charged with threats at Glenbard West

Jun 08 2018 | 3:10 pm - A 20-year-old Glen Ellyn man has been charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly posting threatening messages directed at Glenbard West High School. Timothy O’Dea, the 800 block of Glen Oak Avenue, is free on $30,000 bail after being...

Probation ordered for Evanston woman who mailed white powder to Illinois Tollway

Jun 08 2018 | 7:52 pm - A 29-year-old Evanston woman, who inappropriately displayed her displeasure with the Illinois Tollway Authority in 2016, has been sentenced to probation. Cassandra Shepard, of the 1400 block of Howard Street, pleaded guilty Friday to the misdemeanor...

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