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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Willow Creek elders to examine new claims against Hybels

Apr 21 2018 | 6:54 pm - The elders of Willow Creek Community Church are pledging to renew their “examination” of the church’s former pastor Bill Hybels while also restoring faith in the congregation. The pledge comes on the heels of new accusations...

Bensenville Dist. 2 board to approve teacher contract Wednesday

Apr 20 2018 | 12:59 pm - Bensenville Elementary District 2 teachers have approved a new five-year contract and the proposal now heads to the district board. Board members have called a special meeting for 5 p.m. Wednesday at W.A. Johnson School to vote on the most recent...

Trial set for man accused of attacking sleeping Naperville couple

Apr 19 2018 | 4:29 pm - The Naperville teen accused of trying to kill the parents of a girl who called him “ugly” in 2015 will have his day in court this summer. DuPage County Judge Liam Brennan set Aug. 14 for Zachary Machnikowski to be tried on two counts...

Bolingbrook man charged with seventh DUI

Apr 18 2018 | 4:06 pm - A Bolingbrook man has been charged with his seventh DUI and could now face as much as 30 years in prison.

Pair accused of stealing cellphones from Carol Stream FedEx facility

Apr 18 2018 | 4:08 pm - Two people accused of stealing packages from a Carol Stream FedEx facility have been charged with theft.

Prosecutors: Des Plaines woman used bitcoin to hire dark web company to kill lover’s wife

Apr 18 2018 | 5:26 pm - A Des Plaines woman is being held in DuPage County jail on $250,000 bail after being accused of hiring a dark web company to kill the wife of a man she was having an affair with.

Aurora police release surveilance videos of last month’s fatal shooting

Apr 17 2018 | 5:07 pm - Aurora police have released video clips and still photos, previously posted on social media, that show the March 22 fatal shootout between two officers and 36-year-old Santiago Calderon of Aurora.

Fox River Arts Ramble to feature new Aurora mural

Apr 18 2018 | 8:47 am - Saturday’s Fox River Arts Ramble will feature the first piece of public art to be successfully approved through Aurora’s new public art ordinance. Collage artist Cheryl Holz will display the new piece Saturday behind Aurora Fastprint.

Couple charged in retail thefts in Elmhurst, Villa Park

Apr 13 2018 | 5:23 pm - Two people are held in DuPage County in connection with retail thefts in Elmhurst and Villa Park, prosecutors said. Jessica Hargrays, 39, of Chicago is charged with retail theft and burglary and is held on $15,000 bail. Johnnie West, 52, of Maywood...

Lawsuit against Oak Brook schools over geography bee headed to trial

Apr 12 2018 | 8:21 am - Attorneys for an Oak Brook family and a now 11-year-old boy who was accused of planning to cheat during the 2016 National Geographic Bee regional competition at Brook Forest Elementary School say a judge’s recent ruling puts the case on track...

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