Monday, October 8, 2012
How can the role of the prosecutor affect cases like Rousso, Lynn, Mahoney and Norris? Without mentioning specific cases, Mike Nerheim and Chris Kennedy explain what they could do.
Felony charges against Deerfield and Highland Park teenagers since early August has sparked intense discussion in those communities about what kind of consideration should be given to young people without past criminal history. A prosecutor’s discretion has some effect on how these cases could progress through the courts and ultimately what kind of punishment the accused offenders could receive. The only certainty is Lake County will have a new state’s attorney after the Nov. election. Earlier: Prosecutor Explains Why Norris, Mahoney Charged as Adults Long time Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Waller is not running for reelection. Lake County voters will choose either Democrat Chris Kennedy or Republican Mike Nerheim to replace Waller. …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Kennedy received 57 percent or 1,4945 votes of the 25,960 votes cast by Lake County voters.
Libertyville resident Chris Kennedy won the Democratic nomination for Lake County State’s Attorney race Tuesday with 57 percent of the vote in the three-person primary. “Tonight, we begin the next step in reclaiming a criminal justice system that is worthy of its citizens and of its many law enforcement professionals who are dedicated to doing what’s right,” said Kennedy, 43, a former Lake County assistant state’s attorney and a partner in the Lake Forest law firm Kennedy, Pierson & Strachan LLP. “The insider culture in Lake County has left us vulnerable for far too long. It’s time to elect a proven leader who fully understands what’s at stake and who has the courage and independence to make real changes.” Lake County’s State’s Attorney’s …
Chris Kennedy wins Democratic nomination and Mike Nerheim wins Republican nomination for the Lake County State’s Attorney race.
Libertyville resident Chris Kennedy has won the Democratic nomination and Gurnee resident Mike Nerheim has won the Republican nomination for Lake County State’s Attorney. Kennedy received 57 percent or 1,4945 votes of the 25,960 votes cast. Nerheim received 43 percent or 22,012 of the 50,600 votes. Check back later for updates from the candidates' election night victory party.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Lake County State's Attorney candidates answer questions at forum.
The wrongful prosection case of Juan Rivera gained national attention following his release after 20 years in state prison. The case shined a light on Lake County prosecutors and police who resisted his release even after DNA evidence indicated the 11-year-old Waukegan girl was raped by another man. DNA evidence and its use has become a critical issue in the race for Lake County State's Attorney among six candidates, including two current assistant state's attorneys. One of those is Louise Hayes, a Lake Bluff resident who became an assistant state's attorney in 1990. She touts her experience in the office as the best and most compared to her opponents. Reginald Mathews has not been an assistant state's attorney for as long as Hayes, but …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Reservations remain on what impact it will have on witnesses, victims.
Lake County State’s Attorney candidate Chris Kennedy remembers the intrusion, the lack of privacy. Twelve years ago, Kennedy’s cousin was abducted and murdered in Tennessee. “She was missing for a while, and in the media while they tried to find her,” said Kennedy, one of three Democratic candidates who resides in Libertyville and practices law in Lake Forest. “It was very difficult for the family to deal with. They were not afforded the privacy to grieve.” That experience leaves Kennedy with mixed feelings over the recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling that will allow cameras into the state’s circuit courts for the first time. The pilot program allows the media to use both still and video cameras to record civil and criminal proceedings, …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Candidates for General Assembly, Lake County State’s Attorney and other offices will battle for party nominations.
At least seven primary races are taking shape as candidates began filing petitions Monday for the March 20 Illinois primary election to earn spots on the ballot to qualify for the Nov. 6 general election. Candidates for all offices except the United States House of Representatives began turning in their paperwork. The deadline is 5 p.m. Monday. The filing period for Congress begins Dec. 23 and ends Dec. 27. While a number of nominations are uncontested, contests are emerging for the Illinois General Assembly, Lake County State’s Attorney, Lake County Recorder, Lake County Coroner and the Lake County Board. With the retirement of state Sen. Jeff Schoenberg (D-Evanston), state Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) filed his petitions Monday in …
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Mike Nerheim announces his intent to enter the Republican primary against Bryan Winter. Chris Kennedy remains sole Democrat in campaign for the Lake County State's Attorney's office.
Lake County native Mike Nerheim, 37, took a step closer to fulfilling a lifelong dream Tuesday when he became a candidate for the Republican nomination for Lake County State’s Attorney in the March primary. Nerheim joined another long time Lake County resident, Bryan Winter, in the growing Republican field to succeed retiring Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Waller. Libertyville resident and Lake Forest attorney Chris Kennedy is the sole Democratic candidate so far. Nerheim, who like Winter grew up in Waukegan, began his career in the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office as an intern while an undergraduate at Wionona State University. Nerheim and his family now reside in Gurnee. “I answered phones and filed cases,” Nerheim said of his…