State’s Attorney Glasgow’s Drug Prosecution Unit honored by law enforcement for outstanding service

October 23

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Knick, a member of the Drug Prosecution Unit, and administrative assistant, Kathy Kearney, the Secretary Supervisor for the unit, were recognized by the Illinois Metropolitan Enforcement Group Directors’ and Task Force Commanders’ Association at a banquet on Thursday, Oct. 9 in East Peoria.

Knick and Kearney were honored for their outstanding work in processing 858 narcotics cases during 2007 and 2008. The conviction rate for these cases was 95 percent. 

“I congratulate Mike Knick and Kathy Kearney on receiving this prestigious honor and for going above and beyond their duties to fight the war against drugs in Will County,” State’s Attorney Glasgow said. “Mike and Kathy, along with my entire Drug Prosecution Unit, have worked tirelessly with the Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad (MANS) and our local police departments over the past four years. The unit has seen a 50-percent increase in the number of search warrants granted to detectives who are conducting narcotics investigations. Working together, we are taking dangerous illegal drugs off our streets.”

Knick is the supervisor of the Drug Prosecution Unit, which prosecutes defendants accused of trafficking illegal narcotics. The Drug Prosecution Unit also cooperates with MANS and other law enforcement officers by coordinating search warrants that enable undercover detectives to infiltrate drug houses and secure evidence against drug dealers. 

Knick joined the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office in 1988. Since 1991, he has been assigned to the Drug Prosecution Unit. He was appointed supervisor of the unit in 2004.

Kearney, who has served with the Drug Prosecution Unit since 2005, is the unit’s secretary supervisor. She was recognized for her professionalism in coordinating the fluid transition of case files between MANS and the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office. 

The Illinois MEG Directors’ and Task Force Commanders’ Association hosts an annual award banquet to recognize the tireless efforts of those involved in drug enforcement.

Other local MANS members who were honored at the banquet were: Field Supervisor Mark Brunzie, Field Supervisor Sean Koren and Inspectors Tanya Paquette, Matthew Bejgrowicz, David Jackson, Jeff Purvis, and Dwayne Weis.

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow’s statement regarding the Stacy Peterson, Kathleen Savio investigations

This statement is in response to media requests for comment regarding the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of Stacy Peterson. This statement may be attributed to Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow:

The Illinois State Police continue to conduct exhaustive investigations into the disappearance of Stacy Peterson and the murder of Kathleen Savio. The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office reopened the investigation into Kathleen Savio’s 2004 death, which occurred before I took office. After filing a petition with the court to exhume Kathleen Savio’s remains, a board certified forensic pathologist confirmed my assertion in that petition that her death was a homicide.

In addition, my office took the rare step of convening a Special Grand Jury in November 2007 to hear testimony and evidence regarding Stacy Peterson’s disappearance and Kathleen Savio’s murder. The Special Grand Jury is still receiving evidence.

The investigations into both Stacy Peterson’s disappearance and Kathleen Savio’s murder have been highly productive. I fully expect there to be a resolution in at least one of these investigations in the near future.

Furthermore, it must be noted that these two investigations, as well as the investigation into the disappearance of Lisa Stebic, prompted me to draft a new law that will enable prosecutors across Illinois to use a murder victim’s cries for help as evidence at trial to convict her brutal killer. This common-sense legislation, which will become law in November, will enable prosecutors to bring previously inadmissible evidence to trial to ensure abusive murderers cannot profit from their wrongdoing. The new law will apply to crimes committed before its enactment. The provisions contained in this new law have recently been affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

I personally want to express my gratitude to the families and friends of both Stacy Peterson and Kathleen Savio for their patience, understanding and cooperation during the past year. We are committed to making certain that justice is served for them.

My office continues to work hard to assist the Illinois State Police in advancing both investigations under intense national and local media coverage. We have done our best to respond to legitimate media queries without jeopardizing the integrity of these investigations or the secrecy of the Special Grand Jury. While this has proven difficult at times, I respect the professionalism displayed by the press during these investigations.

State’s Attorney Glasgow’s Chicago Street office designated a drop-off location for Operation Care Package

October 15

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that the State’s Attorney’s Office at 121 N. Chicago Street in Joliet will be a designated drop-off location for donations to Operation Care Package.

Operation Care Package is a non-profit organization dedicated to sending care packages and letters of encouragement to U.S. troops serving overseas. The organization mails weekly shipments of packages year-round and hopes to reach 10,000 service men and women this holiday season. 

“Organizations like Operation Care Package provide important support for the heroic men and women who are fighting overseas in defense of our country and our freedom,” State’s Attorney Glasgow said. “Donations through Operation Care Package remind our soldiers during the holiday season that we continue to honor their sacrifices. The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office is proud to support Operation Care Package in its mission: ‘Let no hero be forgotten.’”

Operation Care Package is in need of the following items:

  • Non-perishable food items such as dried fruits, nuts, beef jerky, protein bars, trail mix, instant oatmeal or canned fruit, tuna or soups; 
  • New or used DVDs, CDs, hand-held games, card games, and sports equipment; 
  • Men’s black or white crew socks, brown or white t-shirts; 
  • Toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving cream and other toiletries; 
  • Batteries, vitamins, Tylenol, mosquito repellant, quart or gallon size Ziploc bags; 
  • Donations for postage or first-class stamps; 
  • Cards and letters of support. 

“We appreciate State’s Attorney Glasgow’s willingness to volunteer his office to be a drop-off point for Operation Care Package,” said Pat Curran, a co-founder of the organization. “All of the items we provide to our soldiers are donated. This new drop-off location will make it more convenient for people to make those donations.”

State’s Attorney Glasgow also has proudly supported our military veterans by providing a new ADA-accessible, 20-seat shuttle bus for use by the Veterans Assistance Commission of Will County. The bus transports local veterans from Joliet to Hines VA Hospital where they receive necessary medical services. 

More information on Operation Care Package can be found on the organization’s Web site at For more information, call (815) 954-7438.

Character Counts! Sports Conference Scheduled for October 22

October 10

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, the University of St. Francis and Lockport Township High School along with other community schools and organizations will cosponsor the Third Annual Will County Coalition for Character Development CHARACTER COUNTS! Conference.

The conference is scheduled from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the University of St. Francis Motherhouse San Damiano Hall, 603 Taylor Street in Joliet. 

Conference participants will gain skills to incorporate the CHARACTER COUNTS! initiative into their school or community sports program, which can also be utilized in business, law enforcement, or community organizations.

Local trainers will provide an overview of the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Citizenship, and Caring. They also will discuss how they can be integrated into all character development initiatives.

“Will County is full of citizens with good character,” State’s Attorney Glasgow said. “We owe it to the next generation to pass on these pillars of character and sportsmanship. These concepts aren’t just platitudes to be talked about, but values that can breathe new life into our community, both on the playing field and in our daily lives.” 

Glasgow, Will County Executive Larry Walsh and Regional Superintendent of Schools Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant will welcome participants. Keynote speakers Gordie Gillespie, USF head baseball coach, and Patrick Sullivan, USF head basketball coach, will share their perspectives on “Pursuing Victory with Honor.” 

A panel discussion will include representatives from the sports programs of Lockport Township High School, Southwest Suburban Conference, Lockport AYSO-717, and Tinley Park Park District.

The cost for the conference is $50 and covers all training materials, a continental breakfast and lunch.

For more information on the conference, please call Dr. Madonna Murphy at the University of St. Francis at (815) 740-3212. To register and for payment information, please call Kathy Kleivo at Lockport Township High School at (815) 588-8301.

Corrie Wallace convicted in 2006 shooting death

October 9

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that a Joliet man was convicted Wednesday (Oct. 8, 2008) of first-degree murder for gunning down an unarmed man who was sitting in a car two years ago.

Corrie Wallace, 25, of the 300 block of North Chicago Street, Joliet, was found guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm. Wallace shot and killed Hallie Parrish, who was with friends inside a vehicle in the 800 block of Robin Lane on the afternoon of March 1, 2006.

Wallace faces up to 85 years in prison when he is sentenced by Circuit Judge Daniel Rozak on Dec. 15.

Wallace, who was wearing a black mask over his head at the time of the shooting, ran up to the passenger-side of the vehicle while firing a silver, 45-caliber handgun. He fired at least nine rounds, several of which struck Parrish in the head and chest. Parrish was the driver. A passenger in the vehicle also was struck in the arm but survived the shooting.

“Corrie Wallace is a vicious thug who cut down an unarmed man in broad daylight,” State’s Attorney Glasgow said. “He displayed unparalleled arrogance by returning to the crime scene to brag about his exploits after he ditched his mask and weapon. Our streets will be safer with this cold-blooded killer in prison.”

At least one eyewitness who testified during the seven-day jury trial saw Wallace remove his mask near the scene. Another witness saw the masked gunman run behind a townhouse, and then moments later, saw an unmasked Wallace emerge from inside wearing the same clothes he wore during the shooting. 

Wallace also was linked to the shooting through ballistics. Bullets retrieved at the crime scene matched unused bullets found inside the townhouse, which belonged to Wallace’s girlfriend. The defendant had a key to the townhouse in his possession when he was arrested. The weapon, a 45-caliber handgun, was never recovered.

Police, however, recovered the mask. DNA samples taken from the mask matched Wallace’s DNA. And he had gunshot residue on the backs of his hands.

The state’s attorney credited Joliet Police Chief Fred Hayes and his team of detectives, Dave Jackson, Carlos Matlock and Robert Brown, for their thorough investigation that enabled his prosecutors to secure an important conviction.

Glasgow also praised his prosecutors, Assistant State’s Attorneys Steve Platek and Michael Knick, for their skillful handling of this case. 

“These are two expert trial attorneys whose presentation of the testimony and evidence left jurors absolutely no doubt as to who committed this brutal shooting,” Glasgow said.

Chief Hayes said: “A ruthless cold-blooded killer has been removed from the streets of Joliet. I would like to personally thank Will County States Attorney Jim Glasgow for his outstanding, aggressive prosecution efforts led by Assistants Mike Knick and Steve Platek.”

The chief added: “Joliet Police Detectives Carlos Matlock, Dave Jackson, and Robert Brown worked tirelessly to solve this brutal murder, and I’m proud of their outstanding police work. The state’s attorney’s office did an exceptional job working closely with Joliet Police detectives and spent countless hours to ensure justice was served. Undoubtedly, the streets of Joliet are safer because of this successful prosecution.”

The state’s attorney also applauded his support staff, including legal secretaries Sandy Dempsey, Kathy Kearney, Nikkol McGuire, Janet Skiniotes and Valerie Walsh, all of whom worked extra hours transcribing hundreds of hours of recorded jailhouse conversations that revealed Wallace’s attempts to bribe or coerce witnesses into giving false testimony during the trial.

“This was a team effort on the part of my staff in every sense of the word,” Glasgow said. “They went above and beyond the call of duty to put a dangerous killer behind bars.”

Glasgow, Walsh receive additional $750,000 in federal funding to battle domestic violence

September 25

JOLIET –Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow and Will County Executive Larry Walsh announce that the federal government has awarded Will County an additional $750,000 to enable prosecutors, police and advocates to battle domestic violence.

The federal grant, which was written by State’s Attorney Glasgow’s office and applied for through County Executive Walsh’s office, brings the total amount of federal funding to prosecute domestic abusers and support victims in Will County to $1.5 million.

The project was launched in August 2006 with an initial grant of $750,000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. The additional $750,000 in funding will ensure the program continues through at least August 2010. 

With these funds, Glasgow has enhanced his specialized Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit by hiring a prosecutor, investigator and a victim advocate to focus exclusively on domestic violence cases. Three additional victim advocates were hired through the grant, one each to work with partners at Groundwork and Lamb’s Fold Center for Women and Children, both of which provide services to abused women. The third works in partnership with the Will County Courts under the direction of Chief Judge Stephen White and provides advocacy for people who have been granted orders of protection.

The initial award in 2006 funded the Victim Independence Program (VIP)/Coordinated Community Response Team. The Victim Independence Program provides concentrated services and resources for domestic violence victims to enable them to follow through with the prosecution of their abusers. Glasgow in the early 1990s also pioneered Will County’s first specialized Domestic Violence Court, which mandated abuser counseling to break the destructive cycle of violence.

“I created the Victim Independence Program in 1999 to provide victims of domestic violence with the support network they need to empower them to cooperate with law enforcement throughout the prosecution of their abusers. I was gratified that the program was a critical component of our grant application and led to the initial award in 2006,” Glasgow said. “My hat goes off to our Director of Crime Prevention, Jenn Cain, for her top-notch work in writing and coordinating both of these grants, which are enabling us to protect abused women.”

Walsh recognized the importance of the collaborative approach and agreed to coordinate the grant-writing application process through the county executive’s office.

“The renewal of this grant is an affirmation by the federal government of the innovative potential of the Victim Independence Program and the successful work of the coordinated response to domestic violence that includes the State’s Attorneys Office, local police and social service agencies,” Walsh said. 

Senator Dick Durbin said: “I congratulate Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow and County Executive Larry Walsh and their staffs on the approval of their application for a federal grant to aid the county’s Domestic Violence Protection Unit. As a strong supporter of programs to help victims of domestic violence, I am heartened to see Will County’s strong commitment to assisting victims of this tragic crime.”

“Domestic violence cases are the most difficult to prosecute because the victims live under incessant emotional, financial and physical intimidation by their abusers while their cases are pending,” Glasgow said. “Through this grant, my team has increased the number of women who pursue the prosecution of their abusers by an estimated 20 to 25 percent. I am committed to developing innovative programs to ensure the safety of women in Will 

The Coordinated Community Response Team combats domestic violence by joining together specially trained prosecutors, police officers, civil attorneys and victim’s advocates to comprehensively address the safety needs of victims and while enforcing offender accountability.

Grant funding also has been used for: law enforcement training on proper responses to domestic violence calls and violations of orders of protection; overtime for partnering police departments to more aggressively investigate order of protection violations; and digital cameras to photograph victims’ injuries.

State’s Attorney Glasgow, Veterans Assistance Commission dedicate new bus to shuttle veterans to Hines VA Hospital

September 16

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow on Tuesday (Sept. 16, 2008) christened the new, ADA-accessible shuttle bus his office purchased for use by the Veterans Assistance Commission of Will County.

The air-conditioned, 20-seat shuttle bus, which the state’s attorney purchased using money forfeited to the state by criminals, will be used to transport local veterans from Joliet to Hines VA Hospital where they receive necessary medical services. The shuttle bus cost $57,000. No taxpayer funding was used to pay for the bus.

In addition to the symbolic christening, Tuesday’s dedication ceremony included the posting of colors by The American Legion Post 1080 Color Guard and a blessing by the Rev. Chris Groh, who is also the chaplain of the Joliet Police Department.

“We can never repay our local veterans whose selfless dedication and sacrifice were critical to the defense of our country and our freedom,” State’s Attorney Glasgow said. “We as a society must do everything in our power to ensure that their needs are met. They deserve access to health care in a way that respects their dignity and demonstrates our deep gratitude for their loyalty and courage. I am honored that I have been given the opportunity to play a role in securing their transportation to and from Hines Hospital for these medical services.”

The existing bus was constantly in need of repair and had become too small to meet the needs of our local veterans.

“On behalf of the County of Will and the Veterans Assistance Commission of Will County, Inc., I would like to thank Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow for his generous donation of the new VAC van, a 20-seat, ADA-accessible shuttle bus,” said Jim Denbow, superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission of Will County. “This donation will allow the VAC to expand on the previous services of the 14-passenger van, allowing more than 6,000 veterans free rides to Hines VA Hospital. The VAC has services available for the 41,783 Will County veterans.”

Glasgow recognized the crucial need for improved transportation and looked for a resourceful way to secure the funding necessary to purchase the vehicle for the veterans. The office began by scrutinizing state law governing the use of funds seized under the Money Laundering Statute.

After that review, the state’s attorney determined that this money, which is forfeited to the state by convicted criminals who were engaged in narcotics or money laundering, could be used appropriately to enforce the Americans With Disabilities Act and various state and federal laws that provide for comprehensive medical treatment to veterans.

Glasgow also took steps to ensure that the comfortable new shuttle bus will include a DVD player so veterans can view educational programs and/or movies during the ride to and from Hines. The system, which will be installed in the near future, is being donated by SS Automotive Group/Joliet with assistance from Bill Jacobs Chevrolet.

The state’s attorney also collaborated with Tom White, president/business manager of Teamsters Local 179, to arrange for a roster of retired commercially licensed drivers to volunteer to drive the new bus.

The Veterans Assistance Commission of Will County also provides advocacy services and emergency financial assistance to military veterans and their families.

State’s Attorney Glasgow files animal cruelty charges against Channahon man accused of stabbing dog to death

September 10

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced Wednesday that his office has filed animal cruelty charges against a Channahon man accused of stabbing and killing his dog with a kitchen knife.

Robert G. Attebery, 38, of 24511 S. Valley Drive, Channahon, was charged with two counts of felony aggravated cruel treatment of animals and one count of misdemeanor cruel treatment of animals. The felony charges carry a maximum penalty of up to three years in prison upon conviction.

Channahon police discovered the dog, a tan pit bull, while responding to a call at Attebery’s house Monday evening. Channahon police transported the dog, which was still alive but had suffered multiple stab wounds, to a local veterinarian for treatment. The dog died from its injuries later that evening.

“Allegations of animal cruelty are a matter of grave concern in my office,” State’s Attorney Glasgow said. “I have always recognized that there is a link between the way someone treats an animal and the way in which that person treats fellow human beings. I want to commend the Channahon Police Department for conducting a thorough investigation that led to the felony charges in this case.” 

The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Channahon Police Department on Wednesday obtained a warrant for Attebery’s arrest. Associate Judge Robert Livas, who signed the warrant, set bail at $100,000. Attebery must post 10 percent or $10,000 to secure his release while awaiting trial.

The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office reminds the public that charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Glasgow accepts $10,000 for Children’s Advocacy Center donated by Joliet West students through Steelmen 5K Race fundraiser

September 5

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow recently accepted a $10,000 contribution from faculty and students of Joliet West High School on behalf of the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center.

The money was raised by more than 600 participants in the annual Steelmen 5K Race held June 1 at the Chicagoland Speedway. The race was hosted by Joliet West High School’s Business Management and Information Systems Academy and co-chaired by teachers Brian Newman and Todd Cumming. The money was collected through registration fees and donations from area businesses.

“We are grateful to Joliet West’s Business Management and Information Systems Academy for choosing the Children’s Advocacy Center as the beneficiary of the money raised during the annual Steelmen 5K Race,” Glasgow said. “The funding provided by Joliet West High School will enable the center to continue its crucial mission of protecting vulnerable children in our local community by prosecuting sexual abusers.”

Glasgow founded the Children’s Advocacy Center in 1995 to improve the way cases of child sexual abuse are investigated and to limit the trauma to these young and vulnerable victims. 

“The students and staff in our academy read about the Children’s Advocacy Center and thought it would make a great local charity for our race,” 5K director and Joliet West teacher Brian Newman said. “After visiting the center, they really felt passionately about supporting it. With the turnout from participants and the donations from the community, it is obvious that others saw this as a worthy cause as well. We feel fortunate to know that we were able to help our community.”

The not-for-profit center’s professionally-trained staff interviews children who are the victims of sexual abuse in a non-threatening, non-suggestive environment. The children’s recorded statements have been used in the successful prosecution of literally hundreds of sexual predators in Will, Grundy and Kendall counties over the past 13 years. Last year, the center’s staff interviewed 350 children.

The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization. The center relies on grants, local funding, foundations, and fund raisers to operate and fulfill its critical mission of protecting children. The center also is a member of both United Way of Will County and Grundy County.

For more information, contact The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center at (815) 774-4565, or visit the Web site at

Two convicted in murder of 19-year-old Joliet man

September 4

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced Thursday (Sept. 4, 2008) that two men involved in the 2006 shooting death of an unarmed Joliet man were convicted of first-degree murder. 

The shooter, Donald Motley, 28, faces a possible life sentence for gunning down 19-year-old Steven Jenkins on Feb. 11, 2006. Co-defendant Jerod Milian, 25, who supplied the gun, faces up to 75 years in prison. They are scheduled to be sentenced by Circuit Judge Carla Alessio Policandriotes on Nov. 18.

Motley shot Jenkins five times in the back following an altercation at a raucous party.

“Donald Motley and Jerod Milian are gutless cowards who waited until Steven Jenkins’ back was turned before they opened fire on an unarmed man,” State’s Attorney Glasgow said. “They will spend many years staring at prison walls for their depraved act of senseless violence.”

Motley and Milian hosted the party at their residence at 206 N. Broadway in Joliet. A confrontation between Milian and a group of partygoers – all friends of Jenkins – led to an argument that escalated outside the house, according to testimony during the two-week trial.

At one point during the altercation, Jenkins fired a gun into the air in an effort to stop the fighting, according to witness testimony. During the ensuing scuffle, Milian was punched in the face. Milian was further enraged when Joliet police arrived to break up the fight and used pepper spray on him. 

After the police left, Milian and Motley conspired inside the house to take revenge on Jenkins, who had left the party without his gun.

Jenkins later returned to the house to retrieve his lost gun and to smooth things over with Milian and Motley. But while Jenkins was inside the house, Motley told a group of friends outside that he planned to shoot Jenkins in the back of the head. Milian, who was among those friends, gave Motley the gun that was used in the murder.

Jenkins exited the house and talked briefly with Milian and Motley before turning his back to leave. As he was walking away, Motley shot the unarmed Jenkins five times from behind at a distance of four feet. The first four bullets struck Jenkins in the right shoulder, the left wrist, the right elbow and the buttocks. The fatal shot struck him in the back, tearing through his spine, piercing his right lung and the lining of his heart, before exiting through his chest.

“In light of the fact that the police had just restored order at the house, it is hard to imagine a more blatant disregard for the rule of law,” Glasgow said. “These miscreants are the embodiment of an abandoned and malignant heart.”

As Jenkins lay on the ground, Milian kicked him in the stomach and told Motley he should shoot Jenkins one more time to make sure he was dead, according to trial testimony from witnesses.

Glasgow credited his assistant state’s attorneys – lead prosecutor Matt Guzman, Chris Messina, and Anna Rossi – for their expert trial work. The defense team for Motley and Milian included a former Cook County judge, a former federal prosecutor and the current president of the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

“These guilty verdicts are a testament to the experience, skill and training of these fine attorneys,” Glasgow said. “I am fortunate to have them on my roster of felony prosecutors.” 

Glasgow also praised Joliet Police for a top-notch investigation that brought two dangerous murderers to justice.