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October 30, 2012

Candidates Answer Questions About State’s Attorney Position

SHELBYVILLE, IL. — In an effort to inform the readers, the Daily Union has asked each candidate for major local races to answer questions.

The following are questions for Shelby County State’s Attorney. Candidates are incumbent Deborah Riley and challenger Gina Vonderheide.

Q.  State your qualifications for State's Attorney.

Riley: I have been a prosecutor for over ten years.  During law school, I prosecuted ordinance violations for the City of Chicago.  After graduating from law school and spending about nine months working as an attorney in Washington, D.C., I was hired as an Assistant State's Attorney for Coles County.  In December 2004, I was hired as the Assistant State's Attorney for Shelby County.  I served as Assistant State's Attorney for Shelby County until July 2010, when I was fired while on maternity leave by the Appointed State's Attorney, who replaced Allan Lolie after he was appointed Associate Judge.  I then won the 2010 special election for Shelby County State's Attorney in November 2010, and took office as State's Attorney on December 1, 2010.  I have proudly served as Shelby County State's Attorney since then and hope to continue serving as State's Attorney for Shelby County for the next four years.  

I hope that the citizens of Shelby County will look at the respective candidate's experience and qualifications and then vote for the person that they feel can best enforce the laws and protect the community from those individuals who refuse to follow the law.  I have taken dozens of cases to jury and bench trials, argued numerous motion hearings and sentencing hearings.  I have prosecuted all types of criminal cases, including murder, sex offenses, methamphetamine, controlled substances, juvenile abuse and neglect, all other types of felony , misdemeanor and traffic charges.  

Vonderheide: I am a practicing attorney in Shelby County and I have practiced criminal defense and civil law for 8 years.  I held the office of State’s Attorney for a time in 2010.

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