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October 30, 2012

Candidates Answer Questions About State’s Attorney Position

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SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Q.  How would you describe the job as State's Attorney?

Riley: As the Shelby County State’s Attorney, I represent the People of the State of Illinois in virtually all of the criminal prosecutions in Shelby County.  I prosecute all traffic, misdemeanor, felony, juvenile delinquency and juvenile abuse/neglect cases.  As State's Attorney, I am also responsible for commencing and prosecuting all actions and proceedings brought against the County or against any County Office Holders.

Vonderheide: Our Illinois Supreme Court Rules state that the duty of a prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict.  As State’s Attorney, I would be tough on crime while still maintaining fairness and common sense.  The State’s Attorney also advises the County regarding the various legal issues it may face.

Q.  Why are you running for office?

Riley: I am running for re-election as Shelby County State's Attorney because I believe the citizens of Shelby County deserve to be represented by a qualified and experienced State's Attorney.  I believe that as the current State's Attorney, I have done and continue to do what the people of Shelby County elected me to do--uniformly and fairly enforce the laws of the State of Illinois, free from political or socio-economic status,  protect the citizens from criminals who violate the law, curb the influx of drugs into our communities, and protect crime victims' rights.

Vonderheide:  I am running because I want to serve the public and because I believe I can do an excellent job.  I will bring justice and integrity back to the office of State’s Attorney.

Q. What do you see is the main criminal issue in the county and how would you combat it?

Riley: As State's Attorney, I see the main criminal issue in Shelby County to be the illegal use and abuse of drugs.  Most of the offenses perpetrated in Shelby County tend to involve either the consumption, delivery, possession, or the commission of a crime done to obtain illegal drugs.  We have seen an increase in illegal drug use by teens and young adults in Shelby County.  I believe it is the responsibility of the State's Attorney's Office to vigorously prosecute individuals who deliver and/or manufacture drugs including but not limited to, methamphetamine, K-2, K-4, and bath salts, in Shelby County.  With vigorous prosecution of these offenders, I believe that it will deter individuals from manufacturing, possessing, and/or delivering drugs in Shelby County.

Vonderheide: There are several areas on concern in the county.  One major area is property crime.  As State’s Attorney, I would vigorously prosecute thefts, vandalism and bad checks.  I would be a true voice for crime victims in the County.  A second area of concern is juvenile crime.  Our office would work to ensure that juvenile defendants will receive a swift and fair punishment, but still will have the resources provided so that they do not commit other offenses in the future.  Finally, the job of the State’s Attorney is to enforce the laws to ensure the safety of all Shelby County residents.  As your next State’s Attorney, I will prosecute violent crimes to the fullest extent of the law.

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