Union County State's Attorney's Office

2009 Annual Report

Office of the State’s Attorney

Union County, Illinois

 

 

2009 Annual Report

 

Tyler R. Edmonds,

State’s Attorney


A Letter from the State’s Attorney

 

It has been my honor and privilege to serve as your State’s Attorney during the past year and I am pleased to present this 2009 Annual Report for your review.  This report is an effort to update elected officials, law enforcement and social service agencies, and the citizens of Union County on the efforts made by this office during 2009.

 

I would particularly like to highlight the efforts of local law enforcement agencies during the past year.  As you review this report, you will see that during 2009, the State’s Attorney’s Office filed nearly 50 percent more felony cases than during any of the previous 10 years.  This is only possible because of diligent police work on the part of officers and investigators.  You will also find information in this report regarding the structure, staffing, funding and expenditures of the State’s Attorney’s Office as well as a breakdown of cases filed, fines and restitution to crime victims.

 

The services provided by the State’s Attorney’s Office are only possible because of a dedicated staff and the hard work of law enforcement and other agencies such as the Department of Children and Family Services and the Child Advocacy Center.  I hope that this Annual Report will promote transparency and accountability, as well as serve as a starting point to provide even better service to the public during 2010.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Tyler R. Edmonds

Union County State’s Attorney

 

 

Office Overview

 

The Union County State’s Attorney’s office is responsible for prosecuting all violations of criminal law occurring within Union County on behalf of the People of the State of Illinois.  The Office also serves as legal counsel to Union County government including the County Board and all elected officials.  The State’s Attorney’s Office also prosecutes violations of Union County Ordinances and represents the County in civil court proceedings.

 

The State’s Attorney’s Office consists of two full-time attorneys and two full-time legal assistants.  The Office’s Victim Advocate Unit provides services to crime victims and consists of one full-time Victim Advocate and a part-time Victim-Witness Coordinator.

 

The guiding principle for the Union County State’s Attorney’s Office is found in Illinois Supreme Court Rule 3.8:

 

The duty of a public prosecutor . . . is to seek justice, not merely to convict.

 

In each individual case, the Office seeks to ensure that justice is served for all parties involved and for the People of the State of Illinois.

 

 

 

 

Significant Office Accomplishments

 

  • Anna man convicted of Solicitation of Murder for Hire, a Class X Felony, in two and a half day jury trial
  • Dongola man sentenced to eight years for predatory criminal sexual assault
  • Indictments returned on 15 individuals for burglary and firearms trafficking related charges as part of Operation FASTEN Initiative (Federal and State Trafficking Enforcement Network)
  • New initiative requiring all drunk drivers to attend Victim Impact Panel presentation by individuals who have lost family members in DUI-related crashes
  • New policy requiring all underage alcohol offenders to attend three day peer education class providing education and information on making positive choices
  • Worked with County Board to implement ethics reform banning use of county property for political purposes
  • Drafted  new liquor control ordinance for the County to ensure liquor laws are enforced fairly and uniformly
  • Applied for and received $155,000 federal grant to fund full salary and benefits for a third prosecuting attorney


Criminal Prosecution

 

The State’s Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecuting all crimes that occur within Union County and pursuing certain civil matters including Juvenile Abuse and Neglect cases and involuntary mental health commitments.  During 2009, 5770 cases were opened with the following breakdown:

 

Type of Charge / Case

Number filed

Criminal Felony

292

Criminal Misdemeanor

279

Conservation

57

DUI

168

Juvenile Abuse/Neglect

30

Juvenile Delinquent

44

Ordinance Violation

43

Mental Health

135

Traffic

4722

Total

5770

 

Excluding traffic citations, these cases compare as follows:

Felony Cases

 

During 2009, the State’s Attorney’s Office filed nearly 300 felony cases.  Because of the tremendous efforts of local law enforcement agencies, this number was nearly fifty percent higher than number of felony cases filed within any of the past 10 years in Union County.

 

Year Felony Cases Filed

2000

184

2001

174

2002

103

2003

192

2004

194

2005

174

2006

221

2007

168

2008

183

2009

292

 

 

 

These numbers can be compared as follows:

Fines and Restitution

 

During 2009, the State’s Attorney’s Office obtained judgments on over $360,000 in fines, forfeitures and other costs to criminal defendants.  This amount also includes nearly $35,000 in restitution to crime victims.

Type of Fine / Judgment

Amount

County Criminal and Juvenile

$86,333.91

Traffic (State Police)

$175,195.21

Traffic (Sheriff’s Office)

$38,067.31

Bond Forfeitures

$20,289.00

Restitution

$34,433.41

Other (Includes Municipal Traffic)

$8,454.57

Total

$362,773.41

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These numbers can be compared as follows:

Funding Sources and Expenditures

 

The expenditures of the State’s Attorney’s Office for fiscal year 2009 were $266,508.54.  Of this total, approximately $47,740.00 came from grant funding and $120,321.00 came directly from state reimbursement.  The remaining $98,447.54 came from the County.  The funding sources and expenditures for 2009 are broken down as follows:

 

Funding Source

Grants

$47,740.00

State of Illinois

$120,321.00

County

$98,447.54

Total

$266,508.54

 

 

 

 

 

Expenditures

Salaries

$242,185.93

Office Expenses

$17,322.61

Appellate Fees

$7,000.00

Total

$266,508.54

Union County State's Attorney's Office