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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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Prosecutors want Naperville man declared ‘sexually dangerous’

Aug 23 2017 | 3:40 pm - Two court-appointed doctors have weighed in regarding DuPage County prosecutors’ attempts to have a Naperville man with a history of sex-related crimes committed to an Illinois prison.

DuPage judges dismiss lawsuits against Butler District 53 in cheating scandal

Aug 21 2017 | 10:33 pm - DuPage County judges have dismissed three lawsuit filed by two Oak Brook families in hopes of ending a cheating scandal that has plagued Butler Elementary District 53 since last June.

Elgin woman pleads guilty to smuggling Xanax into DuPage County jail

Aug 18 2017 | 5:06 pm - A former Elgin hairdresser pleaded guilty Friday to bringing illegal drugs into DuPage County jail. Jenifer Perik now faces up to 14 years in prison because she committed the new crime while she was on probation.

Probation for Glen Ellyn man who trespassed at lawmaker’s Lombard home

Aug 17 2017 | 4:50 pm - A Glen Ellyn man with a lenghty criminal history was sentenced to two years of probation Thursday, following a plea deal that wraps up multiple outstanding cases.

Addison brothers charged with forgery of community service documents

Aug 17 2017 | 7:53 pm - Bail was set at $50,000 each Thursday afternoon for two Addison brothers accused of submitting false court-ordered documents to county officials. Bret Cronan, 21, and Jack Cronan, 18 are each charged with forgery.

Sheriff: Raceway shooter had ‘enough time and arrogance’ to make sure victims were dead

Aug 15 2017 | 8:21 am - Three suburban men shot to death Sunday night at a drag racing event in Wisconsin were victims of a targeted, gang-related attack, authorities said.

DuPage courthouse evacuated for less than half hour, everyone OK

Aug 14 2017 | 11:48 am - An evacuation of the DuPage County Judicial Center was ordered this morning. Authorities said the evacuation was not a drill.

Glenbard East soccer standout honored for volunteer work, gets new car

Aug 11 2017 | 9:00 pm - Glenbard East senior Faith Davies was honored Friday for her community volunteer work and athletic achievements — and handed the keys to a new SUV.

Appellate court affirms life sentence for man in Addison armed robbery

Aug 09 2017 | 4:42 pm - Illinois’ Second District Appellate Court has affirmed the conviction of a Northlake man that led to a lifelong prison sentence in 2015.

Sentencing set in Carol Stream battery case

Aug 09 2017 | 10:18 pm - A Carol Stream stepmother faces four to 15 years in prison after a DuPage County judge declined her motion for him to reconsider his verdict and grant her a new trial.

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