The Appointed State’s Attorney shall serve until November 30, 2020 at which time the position will be filled by the winner of the November 2020 General Election.
The State’s Attorney is responsible for all criminal cases within the county. The State’s Attorney is also responsible for Juvenile Court and mental health proceedings, child protection cases, and providing legal consultation to local government officials (such as the County Board). The State’s Attorney controls the internal operators of his/her office.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- To commence and prosecute all actions, suits, indictments and prosecutions, civil and criminal, in the circuit court for the county.
- To prosecute all forfeited bonds and recognizances, all actions and proceedings for the recovery of debts, revenues, moneys, fines, penalties, and forfeitures accruing to the State or the county, or to any school district or road district in the county; also, to prosecute all suits in the county against railroad or transportation companies, which may be prosecuted in the name of the People of the State of Illinois.
- To commence and prosecute all actions and proceedings brought by any county officer in official capacity.
- To defend all actions and proceedings brought against the county, or against any county or State officer, in official capacity, within the county.
- To attend the examination of all persons brought before any judge on habeas corpus, when the prosecution is in the county.
- To attend before judges and prosecute charges of felony or misdemeanor, for which the offender is required to be recognized to appear before the circuit court, when in the power to do so.
- To give opinion, without fee or reward, to any county officer in county, upon any question or law relating to any criminal or other matter, in which the people or the county may be concerned.
- To assist the attorney general whenever it may be necessary, and in cases of appeal from the county to the Supreme Court, to which it is the duty of the attorney general to attend, you shall furnish the attorney general at least 10 days before such is due to be filed, a manuscript of a proposed statement, brief and argument to be printed and filed on before of the people, in accordance with the rules of the Supreme Court.
- To pay all moneys received in trust, without delay, to the officer who by law is entitled to the custody thereof.
- To notify, by first class mail, complaining witnesses of the ultimate disposition of the cases arising from an indictment or an information.
- To perform other and further duties as may, from time to time, be ordered by law.
Graduate from an accredited law school.
Licensing by the Illinois Supreme Court required.
The appointee shall be a member of the same political party as the person s/he succeeds was at the time of s/his election and shall be otherwise eligible to serve.
Knowledge of the legal system, the laws of the State of Illinois and judicial system rules, particularly in the area of criminal law.
Skill in written and oral communication, particularly in formal, oral presentations.
Skill in analyzing complex information in the preparation and prosecution of criminal complaints.
Skill in preparation of all papers filed with the courts and in independently initiating and following through with all details necessary for the successful preparation and completion of cases and work assigned.
Ability to work closely and cooperatively with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstances, often in highly emotional situations; to successfully coordinate many details at one time; to work under intense pressure related to time and deadlines as well as high emotions; to remain current on changes in court rules and procedures and changes in the laws; to be flexible in circumstances which can change rapidly.
Ability to learn and effectively use the County’s computer software, organize assigned work and perform work productively, learn and effectively use new methods, procedures, and technologies in carrying out the functions of the position.
Ability to work cordially and effectively with victims and witnesses, defense attorneys, co-workers, law enforcement and service agencies, public officials, and the public.
Strong work ethics.
Physical and Mental Demands:
This position works primarily in an office or courtroom environment using dictation equipment and a personal computer. This position requires the ability to withstand the physical and emotional stress associated with extended periods of time during pretrial and trial times.
Research and case preparation often involve work well beyond office hours. State’s Attorney is on-call.
Please submit the following documents:
Please send the documents to the following address:
Union County Government
Attn: Human Resource Director
309 West Market Street
Jonesboro, IL 62952
Union County Government is committed to nondiscrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits and other aspects of employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or ancestry.