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  • 08 Sep 2021 8:50 PM | Anonymous

    Application information available for download here.

  • 25 May 2021 12:53 PM | Anonymous

    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

    POSITION:                             Kankakee County Assistant State’s Attorney

    DESCRIPTION:                     The Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office is seeking a criminal prosecutor for an excellent opportunity to prosecute misdemeanor and felony cases with a focus on victim’s rights and restorative justice.  Conduct bench and jury trials, as well as other duties as assigned.

    REQUIREMENTS:                 Entry level or lateral prosecutor experience.  Exceptional communication, research, and writing skills are essential.  Must be a licensed attorney within the State of Illinois at time of application. 

    SALARY:                                Salary is commensurate with experience and abilities.  County Benefits include: major medical health insurance, life-insurance, deferred compensation, retirement benefits, and paid time off.

    LOCATION:                           Kankakee County is located approx. 50 miles south of Chicago and offers affordable housing with a wide range of recreational resources.

    DATE OF POSTING:             March 18, 2021

    DEADLINE TO APPLY:        UNTIL POSITION IS FILLED

    SEND COVER LETTER, RESUME, COPY OF ARDC CARD,

    AND 5 PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES TO:

    Melody Vilt – Chief of Administration

    Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office

    450 E Court Street

    Kankakee, Il. 60901

    Fax: (815) 936-5801

    Mvilt@K3county.net

    THE KANKAKEE COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE AND THE

    COUNTY OF KANKAKEE ARE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYERS


  • 25 May 2021 12:52 PM | Anonymous

                                                                  NOTICE OF OPEN POSITION

    The DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office has an opening for the position of Assistant State’s Attorney. This is for a felony level, full time prosecutor position. The attorney needs to have the ability to prosecute Class 4 though Class X felonies and have a strong desire to serve our victims.

    ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

    • -          Acts as counsel for the State of Illinois in criminal matters.
    • -          Works closely with victims and witnesses, keeping them properly informed, prepared and supported through the prosecution process.
    • -          Drafts indictments, complaints and pleadings and supporting trial documentation.
    • -          Researches pertinent case law, decisions and legislation.
    • -          Conducts Bench trials, Jury trials and all required hearings related to the assigned caseload.
    • -          Communicate with Victims at all phases of a criminal investigation and prosecution.
    • -          Consult Law Enforcement during criminal investigations in determining appropriate criminal charges.

    QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

    • -          Juris Doctor (J.D.) from accredited law school.
    • -          Must be admitted into the Illinois Bar Association with a current and valid license to practice law.
    • -          Word processing and personal computer usage/training.
    • -          Knowledge of state and federal statutes/common law and applicable court rules that are applicable to criminal law.
    • -          Ability to draft legal documents, correspondence and/or reports.
    • -          Ability to effectively and respectfully communicate with staff, attorneys, defendants, judiciary, the public and law enforcement.
    • -          Ability to utilize common sense understanding and to carry out instructions issued in writing, orally or through illustration.
    • -          Minimum 3 years experience.

    Salary commensurate with experience plus benefits.

    Please submit a resume and cover letter to; 

    DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office, 133 W. State Street, Sycamore, IL 60178                

    Darby Henke

    Operations Manager

    DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office

    133 W. State Street

    Sycamore, IL 60178

    P: 815-895-7164 F: 815-895-7101

    Email:  dhenke@dekalbcounty.org

                                                                                                                               


  • 15 Dec 2019 10:39 PM | Anonymous

    IPBA Law Update - Winter 2019 Edition

    Gamble v. United States, 139 S. Ct. 1960 (2019)
    Prosecution for the same conduct by different governments is not barred by the Double Jeopardy Clause

    The defendant pled guilty to violating Alabama’s felon-in-possession-of-a-firearm statute. Federal prosecutors then indicted him for the same act of possession under federal law. The defendant sought to dismiss the new charges, arguing that the federal indictment violated double jeopardy principles because it alleged “the same offence” for which he had already pled guilty. The United States Supreme Court disagreed. The Court explained that the Double Jeopardy Clause bars multiple prosecutions for the same “offence.” An “offence,” however, is not the same as “conduct.” Importantly, the term “offense” refers to the law broken rather than the act committed. Thus, under the “dual sovereignty” doctrine, if the state and federal governments each have a law prohibiting the same conduct, a defendant may be prosecuted by both governments because he has committed multiple “offences.” This bedrock principle has been understood since the birth of our nation, and the defendant’s argument to the contrary was not enough to overcome stare decisis.

    People v. Johnson, 2019 IL 123318
    The “limited authority” doctrine recognizes that the authority to enter a business open to the public does not extend to those who intend to commit crimes on the premises

    The defendant was convicted of burglary after stealing multiple items of clothing from Walmart. He was sentenced as a Class X offender to eight years in prison. The defendant appealed his conviction, relying on the portion of the burglary statute that requires entry “without authority.” According to the defendant, he had authority to enter the store because he arrived during normal business hours and stayed in areas open to the public, and therefore he could not be convicted of burglary. The Illinois Supreme Court rejected this argument. Citing over 100 years of precedent, the court explained that entering a retail store with intent to commit a theft amounts to burglary. Although public establishments grant prospective customers authority to enter, that authority does not extend to those who intend to commit crimes on the premises. The court went on to repudiate the contention that the legislature intended for the retail theft statute to punish shoplifting exclusively, as the legislature could have found that those who enter with intent to steal are more culpable, and thus deserving of harsher punishment.

    People v. Buffer, 2019 IL 122327
    A prison sentence of more than 40 years imposed upon a juvenile offender is a de facto life sentence

    In Miller v. Alabama, 567 U.S. 460 (2012), the United States Supreme Court held that the Eighth Amendment prohibits mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders, reasoning that the compulsory nature of the sentence deprives the trial court of the opportunity to consider mitigating factors related to the offender’s youth. Relying on Miller, the defendant argued that his 50-year sentence for a murder that he committed when he was 16 years old was a de facto life sentence that likewise violated the constitution. The Illinois Supreme Court agreed and created a bright-line standard of 40 years. Specifically, the court held that a prison sentence of more than 40 years is a de facto life sentence because it fails to provide “some meaningful opportunity to obtain release based on demonstrated maturity and rehabilitation.” Because the defendant here was sentenced to 50 years in prison, and the trial court did not consider his youth in fashioning his sentence, the supreme court held that his sentence was a de facto life sentence that violated the Eighth Amendment.

    People v. Frazier, 2019 IL App (1st) 172250
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    An expert witness may not testify about a defendant’s mental state at the time of an offense where the expert did not evaluate the defendant at the time of the offense or soon thereafter

    The defendant, a military veteran who served two tours of duty in Iraq, was charged with attempt first degree murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm after he fired several gunshots at a vehicle. The defendant sought to introduce the testimony of several healthcare providers to establish his defense that at the time of the shooting, he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The trial court granted the State’s motion to restrict the experts’ testimony, holding that the experts could testify about the diagnosis and how it affects behavior, but not about how it affected the defendant’s actions. The Illinois Appellate Court affirmed this ruling. Notably, the issue of the defendant’s state of mind at the time of an offense is a question to be determined by the trier of fact. Although an expert witness may testify as to the ultimate issue in a case, it is not proper for the expert to do so where he was not present to evaluate the defendant at the time of the offense or shortly thereafter. Such an opinion would usurp the role of the trier of fact.

    People v. Bass, 2019 IL App (1st) 160640
    The practice of arresting an individual based solely on an investigative alert violates the Illinois Constitution

    The defendant was charged with criminal sexual assault after he allegedly molested the victim while she slept. In investigating the offense, detectives interviewed the victim and her boyfriend two days after the incident. Both individuals gave consistent accounts of what occurred and identified the defendant in a photo array. Based on these interviews, detectives put out an investigative alert for the defendant, which was a communication to all officers in the department that there was probable cause for his arrest. Detectives did not obtain an arrest warrant. Three weeks later, the defendant was arrested pursuant to the investigative alert and made several custodial statements. The defendant was later convicted, but on appeal, the Illinois Appellate Court held that this practice was improper. Acknowledging that the United States Constitution only requires probable cause to be supported by “oath or affirmation,” the court explained that the Illinois Constitution affords its citizens greater protections in that it requires probable cause to be supported by “affidavit.” The investigative alert system, which relies on unsworn evidence presented to police officers, does not satisfy the latter obligation. Accordingly, the appellate court quashed the arrest, found that the trial court’s failure to suppress the defendant’s statements was not harmless, and remanded for a new trial.

    If you would like to submit a case for distribution in the next Law Update please email ASA Steven Lupa at slupa2@gmail.com 

  • 22 Oct 2019 12:41 PM | Anonymous

    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
    click here to download job posting flyer

    POSITION:   Kankakee County Assistant State’s Attorney

    DESCRIPTION:  Excellent professional opportunity to become an experienced litigator.  Exposure to Traffic and Misdemeanor cases.  Conduct bench trials as well as jury trials.  Assist with mental health hearings and specialty treatment courts, including but not limited to Veterans Treatment Court and Drug Treatment Court. Other duties as assigned.

    REQUIREMENTS:  1-5 years of legal experience.  Experience as a prosecutor is a plus.  Exceptional communication, research, and writing skills are essential.  Must be a licensed attorney within the State of Illinois at time of application.  Must be willing to meet county residency requirement within 12 months.      

    SALARY:  Commensurate with experience and abilities.  County Benefits include: major medical health insurance, life-insurance, deferred compensation, retirement benefits, paid holiday and vacations.

    LOCATION: Kankakee County is located approx. 50 miles south of Chicago and offers affordable housing with a wide range of recreational resources.

    DATE OF POSTING: September 19, 2019

    DEADLINE TO APPLY:    UNTIL POSITION IS FILLED

    SEND COVER LETTER, RESUME, COPY OF ARDC CARD, AND 5 PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES TO:

    Melody Vilt – Chief of Administration
    Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office
    450 E Court Street 3rd Floor
    Kankakee, Il. 60901
    Fax: (815) 936-5801
    Mvilt@K3county.net

    THE KANKAKEE COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE AND THE 

    COUNTY OF KANKAKEE ARE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYERS   


  • 11 Sep 2019 2:24 PM | Anonymous

    The Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office is seeking qualified candidates for positions in the Civil, Felony, Traffic/Misdemeanor and Juvenile Divisions.  

    To download more information on the Application process, click here.

  • 30 Jul 2019 1:50 PM | Anonymous

    VOLKMAN DAYS

    Saturday, August 3, 2019  
    Munroe Park  
    2617 West 105th Street Chicago, Illinois 60655 
    1pm to 6pm

    All proceeds will benefit families subjected to financial hardship caused by health or life changing events in honor of former Assistant State's Attorney Brian J. Volkman. If you would like to donate your services, products, time or anything else for our event please contact Sissy Lupo at volkmanfoundation@gmail.com for more information.  For more information, visit www.volkmanfoundation.com.

  • 28 Jun 2019 11:43 AM | Anonymous

    The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office is seeking entry level attorneys with zero to 2-years experience to fill open positions in our misdemeanor criminal division.    Beginning salary is $54,000.  Benefits include participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, health insurance, paid holidays, sick and vacation time.   Please email resume, cover letter and writing sample to kgrey@willcountyillinois.com

  • 04 Jun 2019 3:47 PM | Anonymous

    The Illinois Attorney General’s Office and the Illinois State Appellate Prosecutor’s Office are hosting a series of trainings on the trauma-informed, victim-centered approach to prosecuting sexual assault cases. To attend one of these free trainings, please complete this registration form and return to: Eileen Baumstark-Pratt, Special Events Coordinator Fax: 312-814-8344 • Email: mailto:SpecialEvents@atg.state.il.us Call 1-866-376-7215 with questions or to request reasonable accommodations. 

  • 04 Apr 2019 3:49 PM | Anonymous

    The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office is currently seeking attorneys to fill open positions in both our criminal and civil bureaus.  Positions include DUI/Traffic, Misdemeanor, felony, juvenile delinquency and abuse & neglect.  Entry level positions start at $45,000.  Benefits include participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, health insurance, paid holidays, sick and vacation accruals.  The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office is a great place to get courtroom experience for young/newly licensed attorneys.  Please email resume, cover letter and writing sample to statesattorney@wincoil.us.

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