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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West Chicago man convicted of raping two girls gets 24 years

Oct 08 2015 | 7:01 pm - A West Chicago man maintained his innocence Thursday afternoon as he was sentenced to 24 years in prison for raping two young girls.

Chicago woman sentenced to 10 years for Villa Park home invasion

Oct 02 2015 | 2:30 pm - A Chicago woman, who posed as a prostitute in a 2013 Villa Park home invasion in which three people were tied up and robbed, is headed to prison.

Naperville man nabbed in child porn investigation

Oct 02 2015 | 5:41 pm - A 29-year-old Naperville man will be in bond court Saturday morning to face charges of owning and distributing child pornography. Ryan Gutierrez is alleged to have had numerous illegal images on his computer.

Missing Aurora man believed to be in Chicago

Oct 02 2015 | 2:02 pm - Police believe a missing Aurora man, who suffers from dimentia, may be in Chicago.

Former Downers Grove youth pastor gets jail time for theft

Oct 01 2015 | 5:05 pm - A former youth pastor at a Downers Grove church pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor theft from the church where he worked.

Former DuPage forest exec convicted of official misconduct

Oct 01 2015 | 5:50 pm - A DuPage County judge has ruled former DuPage County Forest Preserve executive was guilty of official misconduct and unlawful participation in government contracts but the vendor he is accused of conspiring with was acquitted of the remaining...

5 years in prison for former Villa Park Islamic Foundation finance chief

Oct 01 2015 | 5:11 pm - For three years, Inam Rahim supplemented his $69,000 annual income by falsely adding his wife to the payroll of the Islamic Foundation of Villa Park. Thursday he was sentenced to five years in prison.

Judge to decide fate of former Villa Park Islamic Foundation finance chief

Sep 30 2015 | 9:33 pm - The former finance director of the Islamic Foundation in Villa Park faces as many as 15 years in prison today, though prosecutors are seeking 11 on charges he stole more than $500,000 from his former employer.

Carol Stream woman sentenced to probation in W. Chicago hit-and-run

Oct 01 2015 | 9:08 am - A Carol Stream woman on Wednesday pleaded guilty to hit-and-run accident in West Chicago and was sentenced to two years of probation.

Burglars target cars at Aurora day care facilities

Sep 25 2015 | 4:16 pm - Aurora police remind residents not to leave valuables in their cars as thieves have conducted several smash and grab burglaries at local day care centers.

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