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Jonesboro Woman Sentenced to Prison for Aggravated Driving While Under the Influence


January 22, 2019

Jonesboro Woman Sentenced to Prison

for Aggravated Driving While Under the Influence


Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Judy Ann McCann-Stearns (DOB 9/28/1965) of Jonesboro, Illinois has been sentenced to three (3) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to one (1) count of Aggravated Driving While Under the Influence, a Class 2 Felony.  McCann-Stearns will serve a two (2) year period of Mandatory Supervised Release.  McCann-Stearns was arrested in November 2018 following a traffic crash investigation conducted by Union County Sheriff’s Deputies. McCann-Stearns, while intoxicated, drove a vehicle at a high rate of speed on State Route 127 North with a passenger and crashed into a ditch.  The charge was elevated to a Class 2 Felony because this is McCann-Stearns’ fourth (4th) conviction for Driving Under the Influence.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney, Lisa C. Casper.


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Kicked out before kindergarten? Officials concerned about preschool expulsions

An organization of state’s attorneys and police chiefs released a report at the Statehouse Wednesday detailing a high rate of suspensions in state-funded preschools across Illinois, and expressed support for legislation to help combat the problem.

Tyler Edmonds, the Union County state’s attorney, said the legislation would provide better and safer communities.

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Press Conference on Preschool & Childcare Suspension & Explusion

4-26-17 press conference invite

Child Abuse Education, Prevention Discussed at Logan Press Conference

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds thanked the Poshard Foundation for its work with abused and neglected children in the region and also gave a shoutout to those social workers and law enforcement agency representatives who work tirelessly for the benefit of children.

“Child abuse is a community issue. It’s not just a law enforcement issue,” Edmonds said. “I encourage you all to be active in your community. Volunteer your time to help a child. Everyone says they’re against child abuse. But what are you going to do to prevent it from happening?”

Edmonds added that he has seen too much of the bad side of child abuse – from the physical and mental effects the child must deal with to the denial and disbelief of the families involved.

“But I have also seen the good side to the problem if you want to call it that,” he said. “I have seen the dedication of the child advocates, DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) representatives, and law enforcement officials. I have seen the healing take place.

“What we can’t do is ignore child abuse,” Edmonds said. “It does happen here in Southern Illinois. It happens everywhere and we can’t stop it if we pretend it doesn’t exist.”

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State’s Attorney Releases 2015 Annual Report


February 22, 2016

State’s Attorney Releases 2015 Annual Report

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today the release of the State’s Attorney’s Office 2015 Annual Report.  Highlights of the report include:

  • 3858 total cases filed; 265 felonies filed; 58 sentenced to Prison
  • Collected over $388,000 in fines and fees from criminal defendants including over $72,000 in restitution to crime victims
  • Provided services and assistance to over 500 crime victims
  • Office expenditures almost $7,000 under budget

The report also includes a variety of information regarding case filings and outlines the structure, staffing and funding of the office.  The Annual Report may be accessed in PDF format on the Union County State’s Attorney website at www.unioncountyil.gov/sa

A copy of the Annual Report is attached to this release.

WSIL: Justice Council Cracking Down on Youth Crime

CARBONDALE —  Statistics show more young people are committing crimes. In 2011, more than 34,000 kids between the ages of ten and 16 were arrested in Illinois. Of that group, 86 percent were rearrested within three years. And that number continues to climb.

The First Circuit Juvenile Council wants to help kids in our community. They say often when a child gets in trouble with the law, it starts a pattern that will continue for years. So, they’re looking to change the way the system works.

Attorneys, judges, education leaders, and police fill the Carbondale Civic Center Friday to discuss problems facing local youth.

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THE SOUTHERN: Spend a little, save even more

“Anecdotally, we see these things every day. We see these kids abused or neglected and in juvenile court, then in juvenile justice and ultimately in prison,” Edmonds said. “We know being educated doesn’t stop all crime, but there are a lot of folks that end up starting out from behind and never really recover.”

Law enforcement also sees the value of intensive probation services, such as Redeploy Illinois, as an alternative to incarceration. Edmonds said the intensive probation efforts have price tags in the thousands, instead of the tens of thousands needed for incarceration.

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THE SOUTHERN: Law enforcement personnel fight to save kids’ crime-prevention programs

JONESBORO — Pay a little now or pay a lot later.

That’s the dilemma when it comes to cutting kids’ programs that attempt to prevent crime, according to Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds.

“These programs are a key investment in reducing crime and they’re a smart fiscal investment,” Edmonds said. “We can spend a small amount of money now on educating our kids or we can spend a lot of money down the road for arresting, prosecuting and incarcerating people.”

Edmonds, along with other Illinois prosecutors, police chiefs and sheriffs representing an anti-crime organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois, met in March with state legislators to express concern over continued cuts in early childhood education programs.

[Read more at TheSouthern.com…]

KFVS: Bill would allow early release for older inmates

“As a prosecutor, I am completely opposed to this bill for a number of reasons,” Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds said. “The state has just closed prisons in southern Illinois and so after closing prisons they are trying to argue that the prisons are overcrowded. That doesn’t really make a lot of sense. The reason that they have been in prison for a long time is they have committed incredibly heinous crimes.”

[Read more and view video at KFVS12.com…]

KFVS: IL State’s Attorney concerned about cuts to kid programs

UNION COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -An Illinois state’s attorney recently expressed deep concern to lawmakers over continued cuts to programs for children that prevent crime.

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds joined around a dozen other Illinois prosecutors, sheriffs and police chiefs to talk about funding kid’s programs to prevent crime while developing the state’s 2015 fiscal year budget.

“We can continue to spend tens of millions each year on prosecution and incarceration for the foreseeable future, or we can spend far less now on programs that ensure kids don’t grow up to become criminals,” Edmonds said. “We can save money taking the latter route, and we will have fewer problems with crime and violence down the road.”

[Read more and view video at KFVS12.com…]

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