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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Kane County seeks mediation volunteers for new program for abused kids

Oct 27 2016 | 4:32 pm - Kane County is seeking volunteer mediators for a new Child Protection Mediation Program to begin in early 2017 intended to speed up solutions in cases of abuse and neglect.

Suspect in Bartlett man’s murder misses court; trial for 2nd man set

Oct 26 2016 | 4:21 pm - A man accused of covering up the murder of a Bartlett man who went missing in August 2014, skipped his court time but showed up after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Did Elgin man know he was selling illegal synthetic marijuana? A Judge will decide

Oct 25 2016 | 5:39 pm - Prosecutors wrapped up their case Tuesday against an Elgin man accused of selling synthetic marijuana out of his Algonquin tobacco shop, saying he warned an undercover cop of the drug’s potent effect.

Former Elgin deputy police chief urged to settle lawsuit over ID theft

Oct 24 2016 | 4:39 pm - A former Elgin deputy police chief who pleaded guilty to felony identity theft for hacking into his mistress’s husband’s email might reach a settlement in a federal lawsuit.

Aurora man charged with impersonating a U.S. Marshal

Oct 25 2016 | 10:22 am - Aurora police have arrested a 36-year-old man on charges he impersonated a U.S. Marshal in early October while pumping gas and are asking anyone else who believes they were victimized by Jesus E. Avilas to come forward.

Naperville firefighter arrested in Elgin on child porn charges

Oct 21 2016 | 3:41 pm - An Elgin man — a Naperville firefighter — has been charged with five counts of child pornography after police searched his home Thursday.

Will ‘Grinch’ hinder homeowner’s holiday lights show?

Oct 21 2016 | 6:47 pm - Brian Larsen of Campton Hills, whose award-winning Christmas lights show has become a suburban destination, hopes to work with village and public safety officials to craft a plan that will keep traffic backups around Larsen’s Light Show to a...

Meth bust leads to 6 years in prison for West Dundee man

Oct 21 2016 | 3:10 pm - A 43-year-old man from West Dundee has been sentenced to six years in prison after a 2014 bust in which authorities said he had methamphetamine, marijuana and a fake ID.

Imprisoned Elgin man charged with child rape

Oct 20 2016 | 6:32 pm - A 35-year-old Elgin man in prison for a weapons offense has been charged with sexual assault of a child.

Campton trustees censure village president in open space spat

Oct 19 2016 | 9:04 am - Campton Hills trustees on Tuesday overrided a veto from their village president to spend $6,000 on a law firm to presumably work with the Kane County Forest Preserve to maintain and possibly take control over some 270 acres of open space in the...

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