JOLIET – The Illinois State Crime Commission on Wednesday honored Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow with a 2016 Career Achievement Award during its annual Salute To Those Who Make a Difference Awards Dinner.
Illinois State Crime Commission Executive Director Jerry Elsner, along with evening emcees Ramblin’ Ray Stevens from country radio station US99 and Chicago area business leader Perry Mandera, presented the honor to State’s Attorney Glasgow.
The honor acknowledges the State’s Attorney’s successful prosecution of former Bolingbrook Police Sgt. Drew Peterson for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for her murder, which he had staged to look like an accident. The honor further acknowledges Glasgow’s resolve to remain focused on prosecuting criminals and running his office despite Peterson’s recent efforts from prison to hire someone to kill him. Peterson was recently convicted of solicitation of murder for hire in downstate Randolph County and faces an additional 40 to 60 years in prison.
“Throughout this ordeal Jim has remained focused on running his office,” the honor reads. “He personally secured life sentences in two notorious murder cases involving the chokehold deaths of two young men. He considers his most important contributions to be the creation of a specialized prosecution unit to fight domestic violence, the establishment of the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center and a Crimes Against Children Unit to eradicate child predators, and the formation of several specialty courts, including a Veterans Court, a Drug Court and a Mental Health Court, to help people struggling with addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and mental illness reclaim their lives.”
In addition to the Career Achievement Award, State’s Attorney Glasgow has received the prestigious State’s Attorney of the Year honor from the Illinois State Crime Commission on four occasions over the past two decades, most recently in 2015.
“I am humbled by the Career Achievement honor bestowed on me by the Illinois State Crime Commission for the work my office has performed on behalf of women, children and other crime victims,” Glasgow said. “I have a first-rate team of prosecutors, legal secretaries, victim advocates and administrators that works tirelessly to prosecute criminals and protect crime victims. Honors like these are also a testament to their hard work and dedication.”
State’s Attorney Glasgow received his Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois Law School. He and his wife, Gina, are the proud parents of five children. He currently is serving his fifth term as Will County’s elected State’s Attorney.