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 a lifelong resident of Joliet, State’s Attorney Glasgow has committed himself to make Will County the safest place to live, work and raise families.

Under his direction, the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office maintains a felony conviction rate that is 15 points higher than the state average and consistently leads the conviction rates in every other major county in Northern Illinois. State’s Attorney Glasgow’s initiatives and accomplishments include:

Safeguarding Children

  • Launched the Will County State’s Attorney’s High Technology Crimes Unit to identify predators who use the Internet to download illegal child pornography. In the past three years, the unit has arrested nearly 80 individuals who were in possession of child pornography or who were actually abusing children.
  • Established the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center to stop child sexual predators in their tracks.
  • 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 reached out to students and youth groups throughout the region to talk about Internet safety, cyberbullying, gang prevention, drug, and alcohol abuse and character education.
  • Authored several Gang Awareness and Prevention books, one of which was 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’s Attorney Glasgow received his Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois Law School in DeKalb, Illinois. He has been practicing law since 1981. He and his wife, Gina, are the proud parents of five children: four sons and a daughter. He is serving his sixth term as Will County’s elected state’s attorney.