Will County State’s Attorney

James W. Glasgow

Will County State’s Attorney James W. Glasgow has a long and distinguished career during which he has implemented groundbreaking initiatives to investigate, prosecute and prevent crime.  As a prosecutor and third-generation Will County resident, State’s Attorney Glasgow has committed himself to making Will County the safest place to live, work and raise families. He is serving an unprecedented sixth term as Will County’s elected state’s attorney.

State’s Attorney Glasgow graduated from St. Patrick’s grade school and Joliet Catholic High School before receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He then received his Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois Law School in DeKalb, Illinois, and has been practicing law since 1981. He and his wife, Gina, are the proud parents of four sons and a daughter. They also are the parents of four loving dogs, two of whom are rescues.

Under his direction, the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office has led the way in the creation of crime prevention programs, while maintaining a felony conviction rate 15 points higher than the state average. State’s Attorney Glasgow’s initiatives and accomplishments include:

Safeguarding Children

  • Launched the cutting-edge Will County State’s Attorney’s High Technology Crimes Unit to identify predators who use the Internet to produce, transmit, and download child pornography. Since its founding in 2012, the unit has assisted local law enforcement agencies in arrest of more than 150 individuals who were in possession of child pornography or who were actually abusing children.
  • Established the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center in 1995 to stop child sexual predators in their tracks and provide the victims to hope, healing, and justice.
  • Created the Paws 4 Kids pet therapy program to comfort sexually abused children who visit the Children’s Advocacy Center to provide statements that are used to convict predators.
  • Has continuously reached out to students and youth groups throughout the region to talk about Internet safety, cyberbullying, gang interdiction, drug and alcohol abuse, violence prevention, and character education.
  • Authored several Gang Awareness and Prevention books, called “the primary primer on gangs” by the Chicago Tribune.

Fighting Domestic Violence

  • Successfully prosecuted Drew Peterson and secured a 38-year sentence for the murder of his third wife in 2004 in a landmark case that attracted international attention
  • Successfully prosecuted Christopher Vaughn and secured a life sentence for the murder of his wife and three children.
  • Passed tough new domestic violence laws to protect women and children and punish the most violent abusers.  These initiatives include Rebecca’s Law, which raises the penalties for abusers who torture their victims, and a new law that increases prison terms for repeat offenders.
  • Formed a specialized Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit consisting of attorneys and advocates who give individuals the support they need to follow through with the prosecution of their abusers.
  • Created the Victim Independence Program that provides individuals the services necessary to break the cycle of violence and establish their independence.
  • Pioneered Will County’s first specialized Domestic Violence Court, which mandated abuser counseling to break the destructive cycle of violence, and created Will County’s first comprehensive Domestic Violence Protocol to be used by police officers who investigate these difficult crimes.

Protecting Senior Citizens

  • Formed a Financial Crimes Prosecution Unit to assist those who are the victims of financial exploitation, theft, and identity theft or loan fraud with an emphasis on protecting senior citizens.
  • Secured an 8-year sentence for a public official who raided the bank accounts of an elderly citizen he had befriended and then used $200,000 of her money to fund his personal business, buy a luxury vehicle and pay for personal home repairs.
  • Meets regularly with senior citizen groups to educate them about financial scams, identity theft, and other important safety issues.

Battling Street Gangs and Illegal Drugs

  • Leads the fight with HERO/HELPS to warn parents, educators, and teens about the deadly dangers of using heroin. Works with police to aggressively prosecute heroin dealers as well as government leaders to grapple with this public health crisis.
  • Authored a groundbreaking synthetic marijuana ban to keep this dangerous poison off our store shelves and away from our children.
  • Spearheaded the creation of the Will County Drug Court, which has helped hundreds of non-violent offenders kick their addictions and return to society as productive citizens.
  • Opened the first Recovery Homes through Drug Court to assist men who are nearing the completion of this intensive program. A Recovery Home for women is scheduled to open soon.
  • Formed Will County’s first Gang Prosecution Unit and organized gang sweeps that reduced local gang shootings dramatically in the 1990s and were featured on Peter Jennings’ World News Tonight.

Reaching Out To Veterans

  • Established a Veterans Court to provide critical counseling and treatment to those who served our Nation and struggle with mental health and substance abuse disorders.
  • Purchased a new ADA-accessible shuttle bus for use by the Veterans Assistance Commission of Will County to transport local veterans from Joliet to Hines VA Hospital where they receive necessary medical services. State’s Attorney Glasgow purchased the shuttle bus using money forfeited to the state by criminals.

Other Important Initiatives

  • Created the Adult Redeploy Illinois Court to keep non-violent offenders out of prison and reintegrate them back into the workforce.
  • Established a Mental Health Court to address criminal cases that are complicated by defendants who suffer from mental illness.
  • Wrote an Animal Torture Statute, which created the first felony charge in Illinois for the abuse and torture of animals.
  • Formed a Crime Prevention Bureau that travels the county to educate citizens about gang violence, financial scams, Internet safety, and drug abuse prevention.
  • Hosts regular Community Blood Drives at the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office to ensure that the local blood supply is replenished.


State Representative Natalie Manley
2019 Person of Distinction Award

Childerguild & Silver Cross Hospital
2017 George Sangmeister Medal of Excellence for Community Service

Illinois State Crime Commission
2016 Career Achievement Award

Will County Regional Office of Education
2015 Friends of Education Award for dedicated service to students and education

Illinois State Crime Commission
2015 State’s Attorney of the Year

Will County Take Back the Night
2014 Award of Recognition for efforts to support annual vigil and march, and for
raising awareness about violence against women

Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network
2013 Community Advocate Award for Outstanding Leadership and Contribution in
the Work against Domestic Violence

United Hellenic Voters of America
2013 Man of the Year Award in recognition for distinguished service to the State
of Illinois and Community at Large

Illinois State Crime Commission
2012 State’s Attorney of the Year

Chicago Crime Commission
2012 Stars of Distinction Mitchell A. Mars Prosecutorial Excellence Award

Illinois State Crime Commission
2008 State’s Attorney of the Year

Will County Veterans Assistance Commission
2008 Chairman’s Award for making an outstanding contribution to Will County

Illinois State Crime Commission
1996 State’s Attorney of the Year

United States Department of the Treasury
1996 Award of Appreciation of past and ongoing assistance and cooperation with
Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service in the investigation
and prosecution of tax violations

Will County Juvenile Officers Association
1995 Award of Appreciation for leading in the prevention and education programs
of Dare, Character Education, Great, and Child Advocacy