State’s Attorney Glasgow to host January 12 Blood Drive to boost donations during National Blood Donor Month

December 27

Parking lot directly south of former First Midwest Bank, 
25 N. Ottawa Street in downtown Joliet

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow once again is partnering with Heartland Blood Centers and local mom Jennifer Babec during National Blood Donor Appreciation Month to host a community blood drive from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 12.

The Taylor Babec Community Blood Drive will be held at a new location: The parking lot directly south of the former First Midwest Bank building at 25 N. Ottawa Street in downtown Joliet.

The building currently is home to the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center and Will County Specialty Courts, both of which are operated by the State’s Attorney’s Office. Heartland’s mobile coaches will be parked inside the middle lot during the Blood Drive.

The new location will make donating more convenient to employees from the Will County Courthouse, Joliet City Hall and the Joliet Police Department, all of which are less than one block from the drive.

Everyone who donates blood will receive a $10 Noodles & Company card as a thank you gift for donating. In addition, Will County employees and their spouses who donate will receive one health insurance Wellness Point to be applied to the year that began in March 2016. Employees must register in advance by visiting and logging on to the worksite wellness activity: “Blood Drive – Taylor Babec S/A.”

Appointments to donate can be made by calling Jennifer Babec at (815) 325-4282 or by visiting Heartland Blood Centers online at Walk-in donors also are welcome on the day of the blood drive. Donations take roughly 30 minutes. Heartland is the sole provider of blood products for Silver Cross Hospital and Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

Support Desperately Needed in January

January is National Blood Donor Month because it is when donations are needed most. Many people schedule elective surgeries after the first of the year. And blood is needed to help people injured in winter auto accidents. January, however, is also a time when bad weather, personal illnesses and hectic post-holiday schedules prevent people from making blood donations. 

This Blood Drive is an opportunity to boost the local blood supply.

Who benefits from blood donations? Cancer patients may require up to eight units per month; bone marrow transplant patients may require up to two units per day. Liver transplant patients may require up to 100 units, and auto accident victims may need as many as 50 units. It is also worth noting that:

  • More than 95 percent of Americans who reach the age of 72 will need blood (or one of the products that can be derived by blood) in their lifetime.
  • About 75 percent of all people over the age of 30 have at least one personal acquaintance that has had a blood transfusion.
  • Blood is a fragile substance. It is a liquid, living tissue that must be used within 42 days (five days for platelets) of the time it is donated.

Jennifer Babec knows first-hand the importance of blood drives. Her daughter, Taylor, required 22 blood transfusions that restored her health and her spirits during her successful battle against lymphoma when she was a little girl. Taylor’s cancer is in remission, but Jennifer continues to coordinate drives so there is an ample supply for others who need transfusions.

Will County State’s Attorney moves downtown Joliet offices, related services to 57 N. Ottawa Street building

December 13

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announces that all of his offices and divisions previously located at 121 N. Chicago Street have been moved to a new location in downtown Joliet.

The new address is: 57 N. Ottawa Street, Joliet, IL 60432. The building is on the northwest corner of Ottawa and Jefferson Streets. There is a State’s Attorney’s Office reception area on the first floor.

The offices, divisions and services that have moved to the new location include the State’s Attorney’s:

  • Misdemeanor Division.
  • Complaint Division.
  • Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit and all related Victim/Witness Services.
  • And the Narcotics Prosecution Unit.

The new location also serves as an annex to the Will County Courthouse and has several functioning courtrooms on the first through third floors. As a result, security officers at the entrance will not allow cellphones, cameras or recording devices into the building. Visitors should leave these devices in their vehicles. 

The recent move brings these divisions and services into the same building that has housed State’s Attorney Glasgow’s Felony and Civil Divisions since 2007.

In addition, the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center and all Specialty Court Services (Drug Court, Mental Health Court, Veterans Court and Adult Redeploy Illinois) have been relocated to a new downtown Joliet location. The new address for both is: 25 N. Ottawa Street, Joliet IL 60432.

  • The entrance for the Children’s Advocacy Center is on Ottawa Street near the Jefferson Street intersection;
  • The entrance for the Specialty Courts is off Washington Street on the south side of the building.

The new location for the Children’s Advocacy Center and the Specialty Courts is the former First Midwest Bank building. It is directly across the street to the south from the 57 N. Ottawa Street building.

Please call our office at (815) 727-8453 if you require additional information about the recent changes in address.

Herb Brooks, Rita Gray named to Children’s Advocacy Center Board; Fond farewell bid to founding member Mike Mikuska

November 17

JOLIET — Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announces that County Board Member Herb Brooks Jr. and Dr. Rita Gray from the Will County Health Department have been appointed to the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center’s Board of Directors.

In addition, the Board of Directors bid a fond farewell to founding board member Mike Mikuska, who worked closely with State’s Attorney Glasgow over the past 21 years to develop the services the center provides to sexually abused children and their families. 

County Board Member Brooks, who also serves as the longtime pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, and Dr. Gray, who is a clinical psychologist and the Director of Clinical Training for the Health Department, were nominated by State’s Attorney Glasgow and approved by the Board of Directors at its most recent meeting.

“Our two new members bring tremendous experience, talent and passion to the Board of Directors,” Glasgow said. “It will be a great honor to work alongside Pastor Brooks and Dr. Gray as we guide the Children’s Advocacy Center in its mission to provide hope, healing and justice to vulnerable children.”

State’s Attorney Glasgow, who chairs the board of directors, established the Children’s Advocacy Center 20 years ago as a not-for-profit agency to improve investigations into cases involving child sexual abuse. When children make an outcry of sexual abuse, they are brought to the center, where trained and compassionate forensic interviewers obtain an accurate statement in a neutral, non-suggestive and child-friendly environment.

Interviews recorded at the center have been used to successfully prosecute thousands of child predators. In addition, the center’s experienced staff provides children and families with advocacy, counseling and social services that enable the healing process to begin.

Pastor Brooks has a long history of community work focused on the needs of children. He has served on the boards of both Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will & Grundy Counties as well as CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Will County. In addition, he served as the president for Joliet Public Grade School District 86 and as a member of the Family Violence Coordinating Council.

“I have a strong interest in protecting children, particularly those who are disadvantaged,” Brooks said. “The children who visit the center for interviews, counseling and other services are going through the most traumatic time they may ever experience. It’s an honor to work with a vital agency that helps bring justice and healing back into their young lives.”

As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Gray brings a wealth of experience regarding the important work that is performed by the Children’s Advocacy Center. The Will County Health Department has used the center as a referral source for abused and victimized young people. In addition, she has counseled families and children during times of crisis.

She serves on University of St. Francis Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Advisory Board and the Illinois Psychological Association Committee. And she is affiliated with many local agencies including the Will County Community Health Center Medical Clinic; the Will County Departments of Detention, Probation and Juvenile Court; Guardian Angel Community Services; Cornerstone Services; Stepping Stones; and Youth Experiencing Success in Schools (YESS).

“I truly believe in the center’s mission to deliver justice to sexually abused children and to help the healing process begin for them,” she said. “The services that the Children’s Advocacy Center delivers are invaluable to those who are coping with the trauma of child sexual abuse. I am honored to serve on the Board of Directors.”

On a bittersweet note, State’s Attorney Glasgow and fellow board members presented Mikuska, president of Mickey’s Tire and Service Centers in Joliet, with a plaque honoring his 21 years of service and his work as a founding board member. Mikuska, who decided to step down this year, recalled humble origins when the State’s Attorney approached him at a United Way event to talk about establishing a Children’s Advocacy Center nearly 22 years ago.

“I remember that we used to begin our meetings discussing, ‘OK, how much money don’t we have this month?’” he said.

The not-for-profit center is funded through grants, donations and fundraisers. However, Mikuska worked with the State’s Attorney and fellow board members to develop the center into the first-class agency it is today with its staff of highly skilled professionals and a range of social services for children

“If it wasn’t for your vision this place wouldn’t exist today,” Mikuska told the State’s Attorney at his final board meeting.

Mikuska also is responsible for the slogan that was adopted by the Children’s Advocacy Center when its logo was being redesigned for its 20th Anniversary in 2015. The new motto, “Hope, Healing, and Justice for Abused Children,” perfectly sums up the mission and work of the center, said State’s Attorney Glasgow, who thanked Mikuska for his hard work over two decades.

“I turned to Mike at the very beginning because he is creative and he is committed to protecting children in their time of greatest need,” he said. “Without the steadfast dedication of this devoted community leader, we might never have launched the Children’s Advocacy Center. We will miss him greatly. And we all wish him well as he takes on new endeavors.”

Indiana trucker pleads guilty to causing 2014 wreck that claimed five lives

November 15

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announces that a truck driver who caused a wreck that killed five people in 2014 pleaded guilty on Tuesday to five counts of reckless homicide and one count of falsifying the record of his driving status.

Francisco Espinal-Quiroz, 53, of Leesburg, Ind., entered a blind plea late Tuesday morning. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Circuit Judge David Carlson on Feb. 15. Espinal-Quiroz faces between six and 28 years in prison.

The defendant was driving a red Freightliner Semi Tractor northbound on Interstate 55 near Channahon at about 2:15 p.m. on July 21, 2014 when he entered a construction zone in which traffic had slowed to between 3-5 mph. Espinal-Quiroz, however, had set his cruise control and was traveling at 65 mph when he entered the construction zone, eventually striking a 2012 Kia Soul occupied by Kimberly Britton, 43, Piper Britton, 11, and Timothy Osburn, 64. Kimberly and Piper were killed on impact, while Mr. Osburn was airlifted to a Chicago hospital where he died 16 days later.

Also killed in the crash were Ulrike Blopleh, 48, who was a passenger in a 2000 Chevrolet Astrovan, and Vicky Palacios, 54, who was in a 2008 Dodge Avenger. Both vehicles were struck by the defendant’s truck.

The investigation revealed that the defendant had started his work day at 2:30 a.m. picking up steel at a warehouse in South Bend, Ind. His log book, however, falsely stated that he started his work day later, at 6:15 a.m. Espinal-Quiroz also is blind in his right eye, but had a waiver to drive a truck through the state of Indiana.

“This was a horrific crash that claimed the lives of five innocent people, including a young girl, and injured several others,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow. “Our hearts go out to all of the victims and their families who are suffering such a tragic loss.”

State’s Attorney Glasgow uses drug forfeiture funding to buy K-9 Unit for Channahon Police to take heroin, other illegal narcotics off streets

November 15

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow has purchased a highly trained drug-detection dog that will be deployed in the Channahon Police Department’s first ever K-9 Unit.

Hutch, whose handler will be Channahon Officer Dustin Carlson, was formally introduced to the village officials and citizens by Mayor Missey Moorman Schumacher at a recent Channahon Village Board meeting.

State’s Attorney Glasgow used $14,840 in drug forfeiture funding controlled by his office to purchase and train Hutch, a German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix, for the Channahon Police Department. The funding is seized from criminals who were involved in selling illegal narcotics. The State’s Attorney deploys a legal team to aggressively pursue the forfeiture of funds from dealers so his office can redirect this money toward law enforcement initiatives that remove drugs from the community.

“As we are all aware, the sale of illegal narcotics has taken a deadly turn in recent years with the rise in popularity of heroin across our nation. This year we are on course to reach 70 heroin overdose deaths in Will County, which is a tragic milestone,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow. “The addition of a K-9 unit with a dog trained to detect the presence of illegal narcotics will enable the Channahon Police Department to identify dealers and take this deadly drug off our streets. I know this will save lives.”

Mayor Missey Moorman Schumacher and State’s Attorney Glasgow.

Hutch also will serve as a liaison between the Channahon Police Department and local citizens at various community celebrations and functions. The dog is highly socialized and enjoyed attention from children.

State’s Attorney Glasgow offered to purchase the K-9 Unit after hearing of the Channahon Police Department’s need from County Board Members Regan Freitag and Don Gould. He currently is working with police officials and community leaders in Wilmington to purchase a K-9 for the Wilmington Police Department also.

During the recent Village Board meeting, Mayor Schumacher presented the State’s Attorney with a certificate of appreciation for purchasing the dog. In a light-hearted ceremony, the mayor also swore in Hutch and took his paw print for village files.

“Our Nation is in the grips of what is becoming an uncontrollable heroin epidemic that is savagely claiming the lives of people from all walks of life,” the State’s Attorney said. “No one is immune to this deadly crisis. As elected officials we all feel the call to action.”

The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office has pursued an aggressive agenda that involves targeting heroin dealers and expanding overdose investigations to forcefully pursue drug-induced homicide arrests. The State’s Attorney also has worked with the HERO and H.E.L.P.S. organizations to present forums throughout the county to educate citizens about the dangers of this extremely addictive and illegal narcotic.

Tommy Crockwell guilty in 2011 University Park murder of teenager

November 8

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announces that a Country Club Hills man has been found guilty of first-degree murder for the slaying of a teenager five years ago in University Park.

Circuit Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak found Tommy Crockwell, 46, guilty of murdering 19-year-old Johnny Rouse. He faces 45 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 1.

Crockwell hid in bushes and crept up behind Rouse as walked down a path in a park on the evening of Oct. 26, 2011. The defendant, who was 41 at the time, shot the young man once in the back of the neck. Rouse, who died before his body hit the ground, was discovered by a passerby later that evening. 

Crockwell gunned down Rouse because he believed he had robbed his younger brother, according to testimony and evidence presented at trial.

The murder was investigated by the University Park Police Department with assistance from the Will-Grundy Major Crimes Task Force. Several months after the murder, police received word from an informant that Crockwell had told him he killed Rouse. The informant, who had known Crockwell for years, wore a wire for investigators and visited Crockwell at his home in January of 2012.

During a 33-minute recorded conversation, which was played at trial, Crockwell shared details of the shooting only the murderer would know, including the manner in which the victim fell, that he was still wearing headphones connected to his MP3 player, and the type of weapon he used: a .40-caliber handgun.

Asked by the informant why he didn’t confront his victim face-to-face, Crockwell responded that he didn’t want to be identified if something went wrong and Rouse did not die.

“Tommy Crockwell is a spineless murderer who crept up under cover of night on a youth half his age and then shot him in the back of the neck,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow. “The method in which he gunned down this young man is the absolute definition of cowardice. Credit goes to the University Park Police, the Will-Grundy Major Crimes Task Force and my prosecutors, Peter Wilkes, Dan Egan, and Sondra Denmark, for taking this dangerous killer off our streets.”

State’s Attorney Glasgow thanks Crest Hill Police Association for generous support of Will County Children’s Advocacy Center through golf outing

November 3

JOLIET – The Crest Hill Police Association has presented Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow with a $1,500 check to benefit the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center.

The Crest Hill Police Association this year selected the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center as one of the beneficiaries of the proceeds from its Seventh Annual Golf Outing held Sept. 28 at the Inwood Golf Course in Joliet.

Crest Hill Police Association President Henry Tough presented the check on Nov. 3 to State’s Attorney Glasgow, who created the Children’s Advocacy Center in 1995 to improve the way allegations of child sexual abuse are investigated.

State’s Attorney Glasgow, who chairs the board of directors, established the Children’s Advocacy Center 21 years ago as a not-for-profit agency to improve investigations into cases involving child sexual abuse. When children make an outcry of sexual abuse, they are brought to the center, where trained and compassionate forensic interviewers obtain an accurate statement in a neutral, non-suggestive and child-friendly environment.

Interviews recorded at the center have been used to successfully prosecute thousands of child predators. In addition, the center’s experienced staff provides children and families with advocacy, counseling and social services that enable the healing process to begin.

“I would like to extend my deepest thanks to the Crest Hill Police Association for choosing the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center as a beneficiary of its golf outing this year,” State’s Attorney Glasgow said. “This funding means a great deal because it was raised by police officers who recognize first-hand the Center’s crucial role in child sex abuse investigations.”

For information about the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center, call (815) 774-4565.

State’s Attorney Glasgow asks citizens to report election irregularities to Election Fraud Hotline

November 3

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow urges citizens to report election irregularities to his Election Fraud Hotline during the upcoming elections scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Citizens are encouraged to report inappropriate activity, such as passing out campaign literature or other acts of electioneering either inside or too close to polling places.

The Election Fraud Hotline numbers are
(815) 727-8758 or (815) 727-8872.

State’s Attorney Glasgow has assigned two-person teams, each consisting of one assistant state’s attorney and one investigator, to travel to polling places where irregularities are reported on Election Day.

Assistant state’s attorneys not assigned to specific teams will be available for dispatch from the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office to investigate allegations of election irregularities reported to the Hotline.

Cheri Johnson to receive Project Acclaim honor for work helping State’s Attorney Glasgow create Paws 4 Kids pet therapy program

November 2

Johnson, who began working with State’s Attorney Glasgow on the Paws 4 Kids program in 2012, will receive The Allen Award during the 2016 Honors and Recognition Banquet Thursday evening at the Jacob Henry Mansion’s Victorian Ballroom. The award is named after the founder of Project Acclaim, the Rev. James E. Allen, and is presented to those who demonstrate a commitment to community service.

State’s Attorney Glasgow launched Paws 4 Kids through the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center and turned to Johnson, who has worked for years raising and training puppies on behalf of the Leader Dogs for the Blind organization. Her personal dog, Jackson, is licensed through Therapy Dog International and was the first canine to begin comforting children who visit the Center for victim-sensitive interviews that are conducted during child sexual abuse investigations. These interviews, recorded in a child-friendly, neutral environment, have been used to successfully prosecute literally thousands of child predators.

Jackson is a 63-pound Labrador Retriever. Since then, Johnson has brought her other personal dog, Malley, also a Labrador Retriever, as well as two highly trained facility dogs, Kiwi and Angus, both English Labradors, into the fold at the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office. Angus works with support groups associated with various specialty courts; Kiwi also works in the Children’s Advocacy Center and will be comforting children when they testify in court. 

“This is a wonderful honor for someone like Cheri, who loves dogs and so completely understands the life-affirming bond between children and man’s best friend,” State’s Attorney Glasgow said. “Cheri’s dogs bring all the love and kindness they experience under her care to work with them every day, and they give it to vulnerable children who rely on them for comfort and support during the most difficult times in their lives.”

Project Acclaim, originally called Joliet Project Pride, was formed by the Rev. Allen in the 1980s to promote civic pride and inspire community involvement. At its honors and recognition banquet, the organization also will honor Terry D’Arcy of D’Arcy Automobiles for his philanthropy as well as the Pritz Family of Joliet. The event is open to the public. More information on the Allen Award and the banquet can be found on line at

State’s Attorney Glasgow directs $10,000 in funding to Guardian Angel Community Services to assist domestic abuse victims

October 27

JOLIET – State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that he has made a $10,000 contribution to Guardian Angel Community Services through the State’s Attorney’s Office to cover the cost of 24 new steel-frame beds for the Groundwork Emergency Shelter, which serves victims of domestic violence.

The contribution also will cover the cost of a weatherproof portable PA system plus folding tables, folding chairs and other equipment that will be utilized at the many special events Guardian Angel hosts throughout the year.

To make this contribution, State’s Attorney Glasgow used money that was seized from criminals engaged in illegal activities and forfeited to the state under the provisions of the Money Laundering Statute. Through this contribution, this money will now be used to assist Guardian Angel Community Services and the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office in the enforcement of domestic violence laws.

“The attorneys and advocates in my office constantly refer victims of domestic violence to Guardian Angel Community Services for critical assistance that supports and empowers them,” State’s Attorney Glasgow said. “We work hand-in-hand with Guardian Angel to protect women and help them break the cycle of violence by holding their abusers accountable and ensuring that the agency can provide services that include a 24-hour domestic violence hotline, emergency shelter, counseling and support groups.”

To meet increased demand for services, Guardian Angel expanded its Groundwork Emergency Shelter by 50-percent to provide 30 beds in comfortable suites with private bathrooms for domestic abuse victims and their children. The agency, however, is replacing its wood-frame shelter beds, which are difficult to clean when utilized in communal/shelter situations. Steel-frame beds make it easier to clean and maintain the shelter. Six wood-frame beds already have been replaced.

The remaining portion of the contribution will be used to purchase the PA system, folding tables, chairs and other equipment to be used at community events that increase public awareness of issues surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault as well as raise funds that enable the not-for-profit agency to continue operations. With this equipment, Guardian Angel will no longer have to rent or borrow equipment from other agencies.

Last year, Guardian Angel Community Services domestic violence services team provided nearly 8,000 nights of shelter to more than 260 adults and children, 11,000 hours of counseling to nearly 900 adults and children, and 450 advocacy hours to more than 300 people. The hotline provided crisis intervention to more than 4,000 people. And the agency provided 40 prevention education sessions that reached more than 500 people. Domestic violence calls have increased by 139 percent over the past seven years with requests for emergency shelter jumping more than 360 percent in the same period.

The agency’s Sexual Assault Services Center staff provided more than 1,800 hours of counseling to more than 300 people and hundreds of hours of crisis intervention services to more than 600 people through the emergency hotline and on a walk-in basis. In addition, the agency provided 830 advocacy hours to 212 people and 2,727 educational and informational presentations to nearly 60,000 people.

“As a 30-year prosecutor and a lifelong resident of Joliet, I have worked on many domestic violence initiatives to protect women and children and to punish violent abusers,” State’s Attorney Glasgow said. “I understand the unique challenges domestic abuse cases present to victim advocates, police officers and prosecutors. That is why a strong partnership between my office and Guardian Angel is so important.”

“On behalf of our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and thousands of survivors of domestic and sexual violence we help every year, we thank our dedicated Will County State’s Attorney, Jim Glasgow, for this generous donation. States Attorney Glasgow has worked tirelessly to bring to justice those who have perpetrated heinous crimes of domestic violence, predominately a crime committed against women in staggering numbers,” said Ines Kutlesa, Chief Executive Officer-Guardian Angel Community Services.

She added: “Domestic violence calls to our emergency hotline have increased more than 117 percent over the past seven years, in addition to more than a 90 percent increase in requests for emergency shelter during the same time period. Knowing we have such a united belief in what is right and just, working together to advocate for survivors and enforce the law makes our community that much stronger and safer. With much gratitude we at Guardian Angel will continue these efforts to ensure, as much as we can, that the basic human and inalienable rights of women in our communities are upheld.”