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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Old and new friends break bread at annual Lazarus House dinner

Nov 26 2015 | 4:58 pm - While those living at the Lazarus House shelter attend the annual Thanksgiving dinner, there are also many area residents who come to make new friends, or just take in the true meaning of the holiday.

Former COD Foundation employee alleges gender discrimination

Nov 25 2015 | 4:14 pm - A former College of DuPage Foundation employee alleges in a federal lawsuit that he was discriminated against by his female supervisors for being the only male employee in his department.

State’s attorney investigating police-involved shooting in Lisle

Nov 24 2015 | 4:50 pm - The investigation into the Oct. 10 fatal shooting of a burglary suspect by a Lisle police officer is now in the hands of the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office.

Naperville police searching for golf clubs

Nov 24 2015 | 5:28 pm - Do you have a new set of golf clubs that you recently picked up for free near Naperville’s Brookdale subdivision? If so, the police would like to talk to you.

Rematch set for DuPage forest preserve board

Nov 23 2015 | 2:47 pm - Aurora Republican Carl Schultz looks to regain the DuPage County Forest Preserve District 5 seat he lost to incumbent Commissioner Mary Lou Wehrli, of Naperville. Wehrli says its an exciting time to be a commissioner and she's not giving the seat up...

Burr Ridge real estate broker guilty on all theft counts

Nov 23 2015 | 7:16 pm - A DuPage County jury deliberated for just more than hour Monday evening before convicting former Burr Ridge real estate broker Harry "Bud" Simons of theft.

Closing arguments to begin Monday in Burr Ridge real estate agent’s trial

Nov 20 2015 | 5:27 pm - “I’m guilty. There’s no way I can fight this. I did the wrong thing for the right reasons.” Investigators testified Friday, in the case of former Burr Ridge real estate broker Harry "Bud" Simons, that Simons knew "the...

Prosecutors: Burr Ridge broker accused of theft risked losing franchise

Nov 19 2015 | 5:59 pm - Former Burr Ridge real estate broker Harry Simons was threatend several times with having his franchise revoked for not paying his franchise fees in the months leading up to his arrest for stealing his clients earnest money, prosecutors say.

Sexual abuse lawsuit names two former Lombard priests

Nov 19 2015 | 2:08 pm - Lawsuit alleges former Lombard priest sexually abused a boy in 1976 and another gave him marijuana to forget the abuse happened. Diocese of Joliet is not commenting on the nearly 40-year-old allegations.

Burr Ridge real estate broker accused of stealing earnest money

Nov 18 2015 | 3:30 pm - A Burr Ridge real estate broker accused of stealing more than $145,000 from the earnest money accounts of at least a dozen clients says he did it to keep his business afloat.

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