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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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Wood Dale’s Prairie Fest expected to draw 20,000

Jul 26 2016 | 12:54 pm - Wood Dale’s 15th annual Prairie Fest celebrates its roots as a community picnic while offering four days of carnival rides and live music.

Redacted report sheds little light on Sandack resignation

Jul 26 2016 | 6:29 pm - Downers Grove police Tuesday released a heavily redacted report filed about an ongoing investigation into an “internet scam” reported by recently resigned state Rep. Ron Sandack of Downers Grove.

Woman pleads guilty to helping stab family cat to death

Jul 26 2016 | 12:59 pm - A 51-year-old Chicago woman pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to aggravated cruelty after admitting she helped her adult daughter kill the family’s cat in Elmhurst.

Prosecutors: Woman ran down boyfriend after argument over infidelity

Jul 26 2016 | 6:54 pm - A 20-year-old LaGrange woman is being held on $200,000 bail in DuPage County jail after being accused of running over her boyfriend with his vehicle in Lombard.

Wheaton man hit by DuPage deputy's stun gun

Jul 25 2016 | 6:32 pm - A DuPage County deputy deployed his stun gun, Monday, on a Wheaton man accused of creating a disturbance during a child custody hearing before Judge Thomas Else.

Now some in DuPage can join military to avoid prosecution

Jul 17 2016 | 10:42 pm - Nonviolent first-time offenders in DuPage County will have a new option starting Monday that could lead to their court cases being dismissed and records expunged: join the military. Military recruiters will be on hand once a month outside the...

Probation for man convicted of threatening Wheaton state rep

Jul 15 2016 | 8:22 pm - Former Chicago man convicted of threatening state Rep. Jeanne Ives, of Wheaton, gets probation and is prohibited from ever contacting Ives, her family or her staff.

Prosecutors: Lawyer shouldn’t represent mom, son in different cases

Jul 14 2016 | 6:43 pm - DuPage County prosecutors have filed a motion to have defense attorney Rick Kayne removed from representing a suspect in an attempted double homicide case because Kayne also represent’s the man’s mother who is charged with aggravated...

Ex-Winfield deputy fire chief charged with forgery, official misconduct

Jul 13 2016 | 5:16 pm - Former Winfield deputy fire chief indicited on forgery and official misconduct charges in DuPage County, accused of forging his college diploma.

DuPage sheriff’s office: We can’t cut 10% more

Jul 12 2016 | 7:29 pm - DuPage County sheriff’s department officials say another 10 percent budget cut will mean the loss of 79 employees and the ability for the department to function.

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