Harry Hitzeman

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Harry Hitzeman joined the Daily Herald reporting team in December 2000 and now covers the Kane and McHenry county judicial systems, as well as the towns of Campton Hills and Wayne.

Previously, he covered Elgin, South Elgin, Gilberts and Geneva. He also covered municipal matters, education, crime and development, and wrote feature stories for Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Lombard, Villa Park, Warrenville and West Chicago over the course of six years. He has appeared on ABC 7 and WBBM radio to promote the paper's suburban focus.

Hitzeman earned a bachelor's degree in print journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with concentrations in political science and philosophy. Hitzeman was born and raised in Naperville and worked two years as a staff writer for the Naperville Sun before joining Paddock Publications.

He lives in Kane County and has volunteered as a coach for the Tri-Cities Soccer Association.

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Crime down in Kane County, but domestic violence trend troubling

Oct 16 2017 | 12:26 am - In the last five years felony and misdemeanor cases have decreased in Kane County, but the number of domestic battery has remained steady. “Domestic violence is a constant. It crosses all socio-economic boundaries,” State’s...

Student beaten by classmate sues District U-46, South Elgin middle school

Oct 12 2017 | 5:37 pm - The family of Henry Sembdner, who was injured by a classmate, has sued the administration at Kenyon Woods Middle School in South Elgin and Elgin Area School District U46.

Aurora man charged with armed robbery after man beaten with shotgun

Oct 12 2017 | 7:15 pm - One person was arrested, one injured and one is being sought after a man was robbed this week in Aurora after setting up a deal to illegally buy sedatives.

St. Charles man charged with trying to kill wife says he has amnesia

Oct 10 2017 | 2:35 pm - A Kane County judge Tuesday ordered an evaluation for a St. Charles man accused of shooting at his wife to determine if his claims of amnesia are true.

Man gets 14 years for attempted murder in Aurora

Oct 10 2017 | 2:26 pm - A 22-year-old man was sentenced to 14 years in prison for attempted murder in a June 2016 shooting in Aurora.

St. Charles man charged with writing bogus checks for Campton Hills home, bilking clients

Oct 09 2017 | 3:43 pm - A 39-year-old man accused of writing bogus checks to buy a Campton Hills home and bilking two clients while acting as a financial planner recently was sentenced to jail and must pay $105,000 restitution.

Geneva couple OK after emergency landing west of Aurora Municipal Airport

Oct 06 2017 | 12:42 pm - A Geneva man and his wife were uninjured after their plane had to make an emergency landing in a cornfield west of the Aurora Municipal Airport Friday morning on their way to Arizona.

6 years for Pennsylvania man caught in Aurora sex sting

Oct 06 2017 | 7:03 pm - A 38-year-old Pennsylvania man was sentenced to the minimum six years in prison Friday after his conviction for traveling to meet a minor for sex at an Aurora-area hotel in early 2015. Shane R. Lewis also must register as a sex offender and is the...

Carpentersville man gets 4 years for stabbing girlfriend

Oct 06 2017 | 1:25 pm - A Carpentersville man was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing his girlfriend earlier this year. Peter Biancalana had three previous felony arrests and must serve 85 percent of his term.

Last-minute fitness request in St. Charles attempted murder case riles judge

Oct 05 2017 | 4:26 pm - A St. Charles man accused of beating his wife and firing several shots at her in May 2016 before being disarmed, says he has short-term memory loss, is unable to assist in his own defense and wants an evaluation whether he is fit for trial.

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