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Charles Keeshan

Deputy City Editor
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Charles Keeshan has been deputy city editor for the Cook County edition of the Daily Herald newspaper since 2010. Previously, he worked out of the newspaper's Fox Valley bureau. As a reporter, he covered McHenry County, concentrating on legal affairs, crime and county government. He covered the courts and crime beat starting in 2001, adding county government to his responsibilities in 2004.

Prior to reporting on McHenry County, Keeshan worked as a general assignment reporter covering major issues and breaking news in and around Elgin. He also previously covered the villages of Huntley and Lake in the Hills, as well as Community Unit Community Unit District 300 and Huntley Unit District 158.

Keeshan joined the Daily Herald in 1997 after two years at the Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, where he covered state and federal courts systems in Illinois and Iowa, as well as the city of Moline. He also previously worked at the Streator Times-Press in central Illinois. Keeshan graduated from Marquette University with a degree in journalism while also majoring in political science. He grew up in Arlington Heights, attending St. James Elementary School and St. Viator High School.

Among his earliest work experiences was subbing for friends on their Daily Herald paper routes. He now lives in Algonquin.

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Bomb threats made against Long Grove schools

Sep 25 2016 | 4:08 pm - Authorities in Lake County are investigating bomb threats made Saturday against pair of Long Grove schools, as well as surrounding police departments. Officials say the schools are safe and will be open for classes Monday, though likely with a...

Mundelein man shot near U of I was to begin nursing job Monday

Sep 25 2016 | 9:40 pm - A Mundelein man shot to death early Sunday when gunfire erupted near the University of Illinois campus in Champaign appears to be an innocent bystander, police said.

How you can help capture Aurora bandits

Sep 23 2016 | 7:33 am - While Aurora police continue their hunt for a group of men responsible for a seven-hour crime spree that left two shot and many others shaken over the weekend, the key to their capture could unknowingly be in a city resident’s or business...

Mount Prospect police to crosswalk vigilantes: Please stop

Sep 16 2016 | 1:11 am - Mount Prospect police have a simple request for anyone turning on the crosswalk signal across from a popular village park in hopes of video recording drivers blowing through it: Knock it off. And McHenry County’s “Coffee Cup...

Cops & Crime: Caring guy seeks pen pal. One catch: He's an imprisoned killer

Sep 02 2016 | 1:31 pm - Divorced white male, 56 years old, with a great sense of humor and always willing to help others. Sound like a typical online dating profile? Not exactly. Welcome to writeaprisoner.com, where you can find a notorious suburban killer in search of pen...

Prosecutors want maximum sentence for Aurora terror plotter

Aug 22 2016 | 8:42 am - Federal prosecutors are seeking the maximum 30-year prison sentence for an Aurora man who they say conspired with his cousin to conduct a terrorist attack on the Illinois National Guard base in Joliet in the name of the Islamic State, according...

Cops & Crime: $60,000 bail for a frosty beer out of stranger’s fridge?

Aug 19 2016 | 1:13 pm - In their inaugural Cops & Crime column, Charles Keeshan and Susan Sarkauskas write about a woman who was sent to jail on $60,000 bail on charges she stole a frosty beer from a home in Wheeling. They also look at a suburban group that might end up...

Man charged in Streamwood wedding reception brawl

Jul 05 2016 | 8:55 pm - A 42-year-old California man is facing a misdemeanor battery charge after police say he repeatedly struck another man early Saturday during a brawl at a wedding reception in Streamwood.

Mundelein trustee to challenge Lentz for mayor’s office

Jul 03 2016 | 5:41 pm - A Mundelein village trustee who upset some fellow town leaders last month with plans for community forums on how to stage public protests and assert one’s rights when dealing with police, will challenge incumbent Steve Lentz for the...

Vernon Hills man charged with sex assault of teen

Jun 30 2016 | 7:10 pm - A 21-year-old Vernon Hills man was in custody at the Lake County jail Thursday facing multiple felony charges alleging he sexually assaulted a teenage girl he met through Facebook earlier this week, police said.

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