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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Advocate a voice for DuPage county’s youngest abuse victims

Dec 07 2017 | 11:32 am - As a veteran case manager at the Jeanine Nicarico Children’s Advocacy Center in Wheaton, Stephanie Mogensen serves as an advocate to many of the 400 to 500 reported child victims of sexual abuse and severe physical abuse each year in DuPage...

100 years for man convicted of 1999 sexual assault in Lisle

Dec 08 2017 | 5:17 pm - After years on the run, a former Lisle man will spend the rest of his life in prison for the 1999 rape of an elderly Lisle woman. Roberto Noyola-Espinal, 41, was sentenced Friday to 100 years in prison after being convicted in June of six counts of...

Buikema’s CEO remembered as fun-loving and fair

Dec 06 2017 | 6:19 pm - Friends and colleagues are mourning the loss of a local businessman who prided himself on his business being a “chapter in the history of Naperville and surrounding communities.” C. Jay Buikema, CEO of the family-owned Buikema’s...

Supreme Court to hear DuPage drug-induced homicide appeal

Dec 06 2017 | 6:18 pm - Just five months after the Second District Appellate Court affirmed her drug-induced homicide conviction, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear a former Summit woman’s appeal for a new trial for her role in the 2014 death of 31-year-old...

Villa Park man convicted in murder, arson wants new hearing

Dec 04 2017 | 7:36 pm - Attorneys for a Villa Park man serving 39 years for first-degree murder and aggravated arson in the death of his ex-girlfriend are seeking a new hearing.

Man charged after high-speed chase in Oak Brook

Dec 04 2017 | 2:10 pm - A Calumet City man accused of bringing a stolen vehicle into Oak Brook and then leading police on a high-speed chase is being held on $250,000 bail in DuPage County jail.

How three suburbanites help ‘red hat’ knitting campaign flourish

Dec 04 2017 | 10:22 am - Knitters across the suburbs are churning out hats at a pace to make the American Heart Association’s 2018 Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign the biggest and best ever.

$50,000 bail set for man accused of stealing from Lisle school

Dec 01 2017 | 4:20 pm - A Chicago man charged with removing a safe full of cash from a Lisle school is behind bars, held on $50,000 bail. Kenan Bektasevic, 29, of the 2600 block of Estes Ave., is charged with two counts of burglary.

DuPage inmate demands extradition hearing

Nov 29 2017 | 6:00 pm - One of the DuPage jail’s more colorful inmates is back in a county cell after serving six months in the Pontiac Correctional Center.

Man charged in Kristy Wesselman slaying points finger at suspected serial killer

Nov 28 2017 | 1:27 pm - Attorneys for a Champaign man accused of the 1985 slaying of 15-year-old Kristy Wesselman near Glen Ellyn are hoping to point the finger at a long-deceased suspected serial killer. According to court documents filed Monday, DuPage County public...

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