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  • 24 Apr 2024 1:22 PM | Anonymous

    Deputy Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor

    About UIS: Located in the state capital, the University of Illinois Springfield is one of three members of the University of Illinois system. The University serves more than 4,000 students in 44 graduate and 56 undergraduate programs. You are encouraged to visit the university web page at http://www.uis.edu.

    Application deadline: 4/30/2024

    Minimum starting salary: $80,000 annually

    The primary purpose of this position is to work with the current TSRP (TSRP) to manage and coordinate the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Program within the State Highway Safety Office on behalf of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The Deputy TSRP will focus on administering the program for Northern Illinois.

    Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Provide training to police officers, prosecutors, and others on electronic DUI search warrants, detecting and recognizing alcohol and drug impairment, specialized DUI court, and other applicable trainings as requested. 
    • Work closely with the Illinois DRE/Phlebotomy coordinator in support and promotion of the Illinois Law Enforcement Phlebotomy Program (ILEPP) and assist in organizing the annual Midwest Impaired Driving Conference. 
    • Promote the expansion of the use of DUI Courts in Illinois by directly interacting with Illinois judges, court administrators and probation officials.
    • Provide effective liaison with local agencies and other departments of State and Federal government in order to give effective advice to IDOT on prosecutorial, law enforcement, judicial and criminal justice issues. As part of this, maintain knowledge related to laws and policies specific to DUI and drug-impaired driving.
    • Provide information, education, and technical assistance to law enforcement officers and prosecuting attorneys to effectively investigate and prosecute impaired drivers and related traffic safety matters. Work with victim advocacy groups in Illinois reaching out for information. Included in this is reviewing and summarizing new Federal and State legislation, NHTSA rules and regulations, court opinions and opinions for IDOT to determine the effect on the traffic safety issues and federal highway safety funding.
    • Promote the increased use of “No-Refusal” DUI Search Warrant programs by conducting throughout Illinois training sessions with prosecutors, law enforcement, judges and other necessary personnel and acting as a resource for those already undertaking this type of program.
    • Work closely with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board and the Illinois Standard Field Sobriety Testing/Drug Recognition Expert Coordinator on prominent alcohol and drug-impaired driving issues and offer counsel to IDOT.
    • Develop and maintain impaired driving resources for distribution to all prosecuting attorney’s offices to provide guidelines for successful prosecution of DUI cases, which includes maintaining the Illinois Impaired Driving forum.
    • Prepare program status and accountability reports.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Minimum Qualifications: • Professional license to practice law in Illinois.
    • Law degree (J.D.)
    • Prosecutorial trial experience

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • A minimum of 3 or more years of prosecutorial trial experience in traffic courts or DUI/Drug-Impaired driving cases.
    • Located in Northern Illinois (within an approximate two-hour drive of the Chicago metropolitan area)
    • Presentational experience in a law enforcement or academic setting
    • Experience developing public information resources

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
    Knowledge and understanding of DUI laws
    Knowledge and understanding of DUI arrest procedures
    Knowledge and experience related to impaired driving issues
    Excellent organizational written and oral communication skills are required
    Excellent interpersonal skills to work cooperatively in team endeavors

    Travel Requirements:
    70% • Position requires frequent travel across Illinois_x000d_ • Position includes occasional travel outside of Illinois for conferences and professional development

    Employment Policies and other information:

    UIS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive campus community. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

    The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with state and federal law.

    UIS employees are strongly encouraged to stay up to date with the most recent COVID-19 vaccination available as a barrier to serious illness.

    The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current or former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

    UIS employment in this role is not covered by Social Security, and instead, is covered by the State University Retirement System.

    • You will not pay Social Security taxes and your earning will not be on your Social Security Record. (Your record will, however, show your Medicare wages.
    • Your pension from the State Universities Retirement System may affect the amount of your:
    1. Social Security benefit and
    2. Social Security benefit as a spouse

    Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted by contacting UIS HR at hremployment@uis.edu or call 217-206-6652.

  • 16 Jan 2024 11:13 AM | Anonymous

    The Illinois Department of Insurance is hiring a Regulatory Prosecutor in its Chicago office! This is a great opportunity for lawyers who would like to use their trial and/or administrative hearings experience to prosecute insurance law violations. Hybrid work schedule. The deadline to apply is 2/13/2024.

    Details and Application Available Here: Regulatory Prosecutor (PSA 8L) (jobs2web.com)

  • 25 May 2023 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    Intro level ASA opening in the Criminal Bureau at the Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office has been announced.  Download a full job description here.  

    To apply please visit https://winnebagocountystatesattorney.com/employment

  • 25 May 2023 10:26 AM | Anonymous

    The Lake County State's Attorney's Office is hiring for three separate ASA openings at an intermediate and senior prosecutor level.  You can download job descriptions here, here, and here.

    Email resume and cover letter to :
    Jo Gravitter
    Chief Deputy, Administrative Services
    Office of Lake County State’s Attorney, Eric F. Rinehart
    18 N. County Street, 3rd Floor
    Waukegan, IL 60085

  • 13 Nov 2022 4:42 PM | Anonymous

    Women Everywhere is looking for in person volunteers for several projects this holiday season.  As you may know, Women Everywhere (WE) is a non-profit organization driven by the volunteer efforts and goodwill of attorneys, judges, bar associations, and others in the Chicagoland legal community. WE volunteers are dedicated to creating opportunities for women and children in need through education and community service. This year WE is looking for volunteers to assist several organizations across the county, including:

    APNA GHAR – Friday, November 11, 2022
    SARAH’S CIRCLE – Sunday, November 13, 2022
    KAN WIN – Saturday, November 19, 2022
    MUJERES LATINAS en Acción – November Coat Drive (in coordination with the Latino Judges Association)
    HEPHZIBAH – Friday, December 2, 2022
    WINGS - Thursdays or Fridays beginning December 2, 2022

    If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to michele.gemskie@gmail.com and specify which event(s) you are interested in.  

  • 25 Sep 2022 8:48 PM | Anonymous

    Title: Assistant State’s Attorney

    Location: Marion County State’s Attorney’s Office - Salem, Illinois

    Start date: October 3, 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.

    Salary: $100,000.00

    Summary: The Marion County State’s Attorney’s Office is currently seeking applicants for an assistant state’s attorney. This is a full-time position in which the attorney will be responsible for prosecuting juvenile abuse and neglect, dependency, and truancy petitions. A minimum of 3 years experience in juvenile abuse and neglect cases and a familiarity with the Juvenile Court Act is strongly preferred. The successful candidate must possess a strong knowledge and understanding of the Illinois Rules of Evidence and the Code of Civil Procedure.

    Details: Individuals must be licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. The attorney can expect to be in court two days per week, with the remaining three days allotted for office work and witness preparation. The attorney will be responsible for reviewing investigative reports from DCFS to determine the appropriate petitions and motions to be filed and then preparing and prosecuting said matters. The attorney will also be responsible for reviewing legal screening packets to determine the appropriateness of filing a petition to terminate parental rights and then preparing and prosecuting said petitions. The position also involves the regular review of reports filed by DCFS in advance of upcoming hearings. It will also be necessary for the attorney to determine the necessary witnesses to subpoena for the prosecution of said petitions/motions and to meet with all witnesses in advance of hearings.

    Benefits: Participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, Health Benefits, Paid Holidays, Sick Days and Vacation Time.

    How to apply: Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to:



    Tim Hudspeth

    Marion County State’s Attorney

    100 E. Main, Room 107

    Salem, IL 62881

    For Additional Information: call (618) 548-3860

    Download job posting HERE.

  • 08 Sep 2021 8:50 PM | Anonymous

    Application information available for download here.

  • 25 May 2021 12:53 PM | Anonymous


    POSITION:                             Kankakee County Assistant State’s Attorney

    DESCRIPTION:                     The Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office is seeking a criminal prosecutor for an excellent opportunity to prosecute misdemeanor and felony cases with a focus on victim’s rights and restorative justice.  Conduct bench and jury trials, as well as other duties as assigned.

    REQUIREMENTS:                 Entry level or lateral prosecutor experience.  Exceptional communication, research, and writing skills are essential.  Must be a licensed attorney within the State of Illinois at time of application. 

    SALARY:                                Salary is commensurate with experience and abilities.  County Benefits include: major medical health insurance, life-insurance, deferred compensation, retirement benefits, and paid time off.

    LOCATION:                           Kankakee County is located approx. 50 miles south of Chicago and offers affordable housing with a wide range of recreational resources.

    DATE OF POSTING:             March 18, 2021




    Melody Vilt – Chief of Administration

    Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office

    450 E Court Street

    Kankakee, Il. 60901

    Fax: (815) 936-5801




  • 25 May 2021 12:52 PM | Anonymous

                                                                  NOTICE OF OPEN POSITION

    The DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office has an opening for the position of Assistant State’s Attorney. This is for a felony level, full time prosecutor position. The attorney needs to have the ability to prosecute Class 4 though Class X felonies and have a strong desire to serve our victims.


    • -          Acts as counsel for the State of Illinois in criminal matters.
    • -          Works closely with victims and witnesses, keeping them properly informed, prepared and supported through the prosecution process.
    • -          Drafts indictments, complaints and pleadings and supporting trial documentation.
    • -          Researches pertinent case law, decisions and legislation.
    • -          Conducts Bench trials, Jury trials and all required hearings related to the assigned caseload.
    • -          Communicate with Victims at all phases of a criminal investigation and prosecution.
    • -          Consult Law Enforcement during criminal investigations in determining appropriate criminal charges.


    • -          Juris Doctor (J.D.) from accredited law school.
    • -          Must be admitted into the Illinois Bar Association with a current and valid license to practice law.
    • -          Word processing and personal computer usage/training.
    • -          Knowledge of state and federal statutes/common law and applicable court rules that are applicable to criminal law.
    • -          Ability to draft legal documents, correspondence and/or reports.
    • -          Ability to effectively and respectfully communicate with staff, attorneys, defendants, judiciary, the public and law enforcement.
    • -          Ability to utilize common sense understanding and to carry out instructions issued in writing, orally or through illustration.
    • -          Minimum 3 years experience.

    Salary commensurate with experience plus benefits.

    Please submit a resume and cover letter to; 

    DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office, 133 W. State Street, Sycamore, IL 60178                

    Darby Henke

    Operations Manager

    DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office

    133 W. State Street

    Sycamore, IL 60178

    P: 815-895-7164 F: 815-895-7101

    Email:  dhenke@dekalbcounty.org


  • 15 Dec 2019 10:39 PM | Anonymous

    IPBA Law Update - Winter 2019 Edition

    Gamble v. United States, 139 S. Ct. 1960 (2019)
    Prosecution for the same conduct by different governments is not barred by the Double Jeopardy Clause

    The defendant pled guilty to violating Alabama’s felon-in-possession-of-a-firearm statute. Federal prosecutors then indicted him for the same act of possession under federal law. The defendant sought to dismiss the new charges, arguing that the federal indictment violated double jeopardy principles because it alleged “the same offence” for which he had already pled guilty. The United States Supreme Court disagreed. The Court explained that the Double Jeopardy Clause bars multiple prosecutions for the same “offence.” An “offence,” however, is not the same as “conduct.” Importantly, the term “offense” refers to the law broken rather than the act committed. Thus, under the “dual sovereignty” doctrine, if the state and federal governments each have a law prohibiting the same conduct, a defendant may be prosecuted by both governments because he has committed multiple “offences.” This bedrock principle has been understood since the birth of our nation, and the defendant’s argument to the contrary was not enough to overcome stare decisis.

    People v. Johnson, 2019 IL 123318
    The “limited authority” doctrine recognizes that the authority to enter a business open to the public does not extend to those who intend to commit crimes on the premises

    The defendant was convicted of burglary after stealing multiple items of clothing from Walmart. He was sentenced as a Class X offender to eight years in prison. The defendant appealed his conviction, relying on the portion of the burglary statute that requires entry “without authority.” According to the defendant, he had authority to enter the store because he arrived during normal business hours and stayed in areas open to the public, and therefore he could not be convicted of burglary. The Illinois Supreme Court rejected this argument. Citing over 100 years of precedent, the court explained that entering a retail store with intent to commit a theft amounts to burglary. Although public establishments grant prospective customers authority to enter, that authority does not extend to those who intend to commit crimes on the premises. The court went on to repudiate the contention that the legislature intended for the retail theft statute to punish shoplifting exclusively, as the legislature could have found that those who enter with intent to steal are more culpable, and thus deserving of harsher punishment.

    People v. Buffer, 2019 IL 122327
    A prison sentence of more than 40 years imposed upon a juvenile offender is a de facto life sentence

    In Miller v. Alabama, 567 U.S. 460 (2012), the United States Supreme Court held that the Eighth Amendment prohibits mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders, reasoning that the compulsory nature of the sentence deprives the trial court of the opportunity to consider mitigating factors related to the offender’s youth. Relying on Miller, the defendant argued that his 50-year sentence for a murder that he committed when he was 16 years old was a de facto life sentence that likewise violated the constitution. The Illinois Supreme Court agreed and created a bright-line standard of 40 years. Specifically, the court held that a prison sentence of more than 40 years is a de facto life sentence because it fails to provide “some meaningful opportunity to obtain release based on demonstrated maturity and rehabilitation.” Because the defendant here was sentenced to 50 years in prison, and the trial court did not consider his youth in fashioning his sentence, the supreme court held that his sentence was a de facto life sentence that violated the Eighth Amendment.

    People v. Frazier, 2019 IL App (1st) 172250
    An expert witness may not testify about a defendant’s mental state at the time of an offense where the expert did not evaluate the defendant at the time of the offense or soon thereafter

    The defendant, a military veteran who served two tours of duty in Iraq, was charged with attempt first degree murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm after he fired several gunshots at a vehicle. The defendant sought to introduce the testimony of several healthcare providers to establish his defense that at the time of the shooting, he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The trial court granted the State’s motion to restrict the experts’ testimony, holding that the experts could testify about the diagnosis and how it affects behavior, but not about how it affected the defendant’s actions. The Illinois Appellate Court affirmed this ruling. Notably, the issue of the defendant’s state of mind at the time of an offense is a question to be determined by the trier of fact. Although an expert witness may testify as to the ultimate issue in a case, it is not proper for the expert to do so where he was not present to evaluate the defendant at the time of the offense or shortly thereafter. Such an opinion would usurp the role of the trier of fact.

    People v. Bass, 2019 IL App (1st) 160640
    The practice of arresting an individual based solely on an investigative alert violates the Illinois Constitution

    The defendant was charged with criminal sexual assault after he allegedly molested the victim while she slept. In investigating the offense, detectives interviewed the victim and her boyfriend two days after the incident. Both individuals gave consistent accounts of what occurred and identified the defendant in a photo array. Based on these interviews, detectives put out an investigative alert for the defendant, which was a communication to all officers in the department that there was probable cause for his arrest. Detectives did not obtain an arrest warrant. Three weeks later, the defendant was arrested pursuant to the investigative alert and made several custodial statements. The defendant was later convicted, but on appeal, the Illinois Appellate Court held that this practice was improper. Acknowledging that the United States Constitution only requires probable cause to be supported by “oath or affirmation,” the court explained that the Illinois Constitution affords its citizens greater protections in that it requires probable cause to be supported by “affidavit.” The investigative alert system, which relies on unsworn evidence presented to police officers, does not satisfy the latter obligation. Accordingly, the appellate court quashed the arrest, found that the trial court’s failure to suppress the defendant’s statements was not harmless, and remanded for a new trial.

    If you would like to submit a case for distribution in the next Law Update please email ASA Steven Lupa at slupa2@gmail.com 

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