Thursday, May 16, 2013
Defense attorneys want the judge who found a New Lenox man guilty of punching another man into a coma outside a Mokena bar to step down.
Hours after a Will County Judge found a New Lenox man guilty of punching another man into a coma, she received an email from the state's attorney's office. Attached to the email was a statement from Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow about the case. The judge, Sarah Jones, said she never opened the attachment, but the lawyers for the New Lenox man awaiting sentencing for the fateful punch want her off the case anyway. "It's about the appearance to everyone in the county—it's about the appearance to the citizen's of Illinois," defense attorney Dave Carlson said as he argued Judge Jones should recuse herself from the case of Joseph Messina during a Thursday afternoon hearing at the Will County Courthouse. Messina, 24, was found …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Jason Chance, who served time in prison for threatening Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, was found unfit to answer new allegations of threatening Silver Cross Hospital and other officials.
A downstate man already convicted of threatening Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow on Facebook was found unfit to face new charges of menacing public officials. Jason Chance, 40, was returned to jail after a Monday morning court hearing but will be transferred to a facility run by the Illinois Department of Human Services. Chance has already taken a two-year prison sentence for making threats against Glasgow in 2010. According to a criminal complaint, Chance made a Facebook post "containing a threat to rape and kill James Glasgow." Chance was also charged with "cyberstalking" Glasgow. On top of the prison sentence, Chance was also hit with 30 months of probation with special conditions. Chance allegedly violated that probation by …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The Children’s Advocacy Center and Will County State’s Attorney Glasgow bringing amateur cooks to the table for the Fifth Annual ‘Men Who Cook’ competition in Mokena.
The following was provided by the Will County State's Attorney's office. The author, Charles B. Pelkie, is the office's director of public affairs. The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center and Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow invite everyone to dinner at the Fifth Annual “Men Who Cook” culinary competition from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at the Pipefitters Training Center Local 597 at 10850 187th Street in Mokena. Fifty amateur chefs—local guys from right here in our community—will fire up their ovens to cook their favorite home recipes for hundreds of guests at the annual fundraising competition to benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center, a not-for-profit agency that helps children who are the victims of sexual and …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Drew Peterson finally got out of jail, but only so he could go to prison.
The Will County Sheriff's Department didn't wait long to send Drew Peterson off to start his "life of hardship and abuse." Less than 24 hours after Peterson spoke those words in court and was sentenced to 38 years in prison, staff at the Will County jail had the disgraced ex-Bolingbrook cop packed up, out the door and on his way to Stateville Correctional Center. "Drew Peterson's paperwork for his transfer to Stateville was drawn up within a few hours of his return to (jail) after court yesterday," Deputy Chief Brian Fink of the Will County Adult Detention Facility said in a statement Friday. "The Will County Sheriff's Office transported Mr. Peterson to the (Illinois) Department of Corrections facility at 9:22 this morning without incident…
Monday, February 18, 2013
If Drew Peterson doesn't win his hearing for a new murder trial this week, the judge is packing him off to prison.
Drew Peterson has one more shot to dodge a trip to Stateville, and it all comes down to a hearing scheduled to start Tuesday morning. After more than three and a half years in the Will County jail and a five-week trial that wrapped up in September, the disgraced former Bolingbrook cop's lawyers will try to convince Judge Edward Burmila to give him a do-over. And that's not all—matters from a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Peterson by his slain third wife's family will be shoehorned into the proceedings. And one of Peterson's current attorneys, Steve Greenberg, expects to argue that Judge Burmila should sanction former Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky. But wait—there's more. Peterson's lawyers plan to call Will County State's Attorney …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow is trying to derail a plan by convicted wife-killer Drew Peterson's lawyers to put him on the witness stand.
The man who won the Drew Peterson case wants no part of taking the witness stand at a hearing next week to decide whether the convicted wife-killer should get a new murder trial. Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow filed court papers asking Judge Edward Burmila to bar Peterson's lawyers from calling him as a witness. The motion says Peterson's lawyers revealed their plans to call Glasgow as a witness nearly two weeks ago, but that the state's attorney should not have to testify. "A prosecutor, judge or news reporter is a 'special witness,'" the motion says. And if Peterson's lawyers want to get any of those kind of people on the stand, they must disclose what the witness is expected to say, why the testimony would be relevant, and …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Taylor Babec Community Blood Drive is set for Jan. 30.
The following was provided by the Will County State's Attorney's office. The author, Charles B. Pelkie, is the office's director of public affairs. Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow is pleased to announce that his office once again is partnering with Heartland Blood Centers and Joliet mom Jennifer Babec to host a blood drive in downtown Joliet. The next Taylor Babec Community Blood Drive will be from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Will County State's Attorney's Office, 121 N. Chicago Street, across the street from the historic Rialto Square Theatre. Anyone who works in or visits downtown Joliet is encouraged to take 30 minutes to donate blood on Jan. 30. Appointments can be made by calling Jennifer Babec at 815-…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
How Will County voted for county board seats, county positions and state and national races.
Circuit Clerk: Incumbent and Democrat Pam McGuire was re-elected, taking in 139,036 votes. Her opponent, Republican Marlene Carlson received 101,947 votes. Recorder of Deeds: It was a close race all night for this county position. Republican challenger Laurie McPhillips held the position before current Recorder Karen A. Stukel. Stukel, a Democrat, was re-elected with 125,140 votes. McPhillips earned 114,912 votes. Auditor: This one was also close. Incumbent and Democrat Duffy Blackburn was narrowly re-elected over Republican challenger Mark Batinick. Blackburn had 120,684 votes; Batinick received 113,414 votes. Coroner: In one of the most commanding leads of a county seat, incumbent and Democrat Patrick K. O'Neil led Republican …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow has secured a fifth term in office.
In a year of victories, Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow just notched another one. Glasgow successfully defended his office againset upstart Republican challenger Dave Carlson, taking 136,469 of 239,975 election night votes. He will be sworn in a fifth term as Will County's top prosecutor. Glasgow captured 56.87 percent of the ballot to Carlson's 43.13 percent. Election results will not be official until Nov. 27, when canvassing of votes is completed and after absentee ballots postmarked by midnight, Nov. 5, and provisional and grace period ballots are counted on Nov. 20. Glasgow was jubilant after the last precincts results were counted. "I'm looking forward to putting bad guys away and creating innovative prevention programs," …
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Judge takes Richard Petrick's military record into account in his decision. The victim, Michelle Fischer, says she's breathing easier after Wednesday's hearing.
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- Joe Vince
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
UPDATED (2:57 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17) An Indiana man responsible for a 2010 armed standoff in Frankfort Square was sentenced to 17 years in prison Wednesday morning. Richard Petrick, 49, of Merrillville, Ind., pleaded guilty in April to felony aggravated stalking, home invasion and aggravated assault charges after he forced his way into the house of his ex-girlfriend, Michelle Fischer, last year. During the standoff with Will County Sheriff's deputies, Petrick was shot in the right eye. He wore a black eyepatch in the courtroom Wednesday. Judge Daniel Rozak said he took Petrick's minimal criminal record and military service into account when imposing punishment. Petrick had served in two branches of the military and was a combat veteran…