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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19-year sentence for 3 restaurant burglaries

May 05 2016 | 3:04 pm - A 44-year-old Montgomery man received 19 years in prison after admitting to three smash-and-grab burglaries in Aurora, St. Charles and Montgomery.

Another drug arrest by Kane County deputy declared illegal

May 05 2016 | 8:17 pm - A Kane County judge ruled Thursday that a sheriff deputy illegally prolonged a traffic stop of three Minnesota residents and, therefore, nearly a pound of heroin, two guns and nearly $8,000 seized cannot be admitted as evidence.

$500K bond set in St. Charles shooting thwarted by school board president

May 05 2016 | 2:10 pm - The St. Charles man accused of beating and trying to shoot his wife was ordered held on $500,000 bail Thursday.

St. Charles school board president tackles, disarms gunman

May 04 2016 | 9:51 pm - The president of the St. Charles District 303 School Board tackled, disarmed and detained a man who is accused of firing several shots at his bloodied and fleeing wife outside their home Tuesday night.

Campton United sues over former soccer coach’s new job

May 04 2016 | 4:23 pm - The Campton United Soccer Club is crying foul after one of its coaches resigned and took a job with a nearby private club.

Kane state’s attorney lauds compromise in pending juvenile interrogation bill

May 03 2016 | 11:17 pm - Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon supports a pending bill in Springfield that would require authorities to video record all police interviews with juveniles in felony investigations.

Dundee Township arson suspect now fit for trial

May 02 2016 | 2:40 pm - A 27-year-old Elgin man accused of an October 2015 arson in West Dundee has been declared fit for trial. Phokam Prisayana had previously been deemed unfit for trial and he now faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

State budget impasse could force Kane County to cut child support enforcement

May 02 2016 | 9:48 am - The languishing budget impasse in Springfield could spell some tough decisions for Kane County leaders, such as funding enforcement efforts to collect delinquent child support payments.

Geneva murder suspect still held without bail, pleads not guilty

Apr 29 2016 | 4:14 pm - A Geneva woman who authorities say fatally poisoned her husband in late January and then tried to kill herself will continue to be held at the Kane County jail without bond while her case proceeds, a judge ruled Friday.

Former Mooseheart pedophile fighting state’s move to commit him

Apr 28 2016 | 5:12 pm - A man who spent 20 years behind bars for sexually assaulting boys in the 1990s at the Mooseheart School near Batavia is fighting efforts to have him committed indefinitely under the state’s Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act.

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