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Glasgow named top state's attorney for fourth time

5/5/2015, 10:43 a.m.
The honor awarded to Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow comes from the Illinois State Crime Commission.
Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow

The Will County State's Attorney's Office issued this news release:

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow has been named the 2015 State’s Attorney of the Year by the Illinois State Crime Commission, which is recognizing his many initiatives to protect children.

This year marks the fourth occasion that the Illinois State Crime Commission has bestowed this prestigious honor on State’s Attorney Glasgow over the past two decades. The Crime Commission named him its State’s Attorney of the Year for the first time in 1996. The State’s Attorney will be honored at the Crime Commission’s 19th Annual Salute to Those Who Make a Difference Awards Dinner on June 17 at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace.

“I am deeply honored that the Illinois State Crime Commission has recognized the important work my office has performed on behalf of children over the years,” Glasgow said. “My prosecutors, legal secretaries, victim advocates and supporting administrators work tirelessly to protect these vulnerable victims and prosecute the predators who would do them harm.”

Glasgow has launched many creative programs to serve children over his long and distinguished career. His most recent initiative is the creation of the Will County State’s Attorney’s High Technology Crimes Unit, which has a primary focus on investigating and prosecuting crimes against children. The specialized unit, which he formed in 2012, tracks down predators who use the Internet to produce, distribute and download child pornography. The unit has investigated and arrested 80 individuals who were in possession of child pornography or who were actually sexually abusing a child.

The State’s Attorney also is collaborating with community leaders in some of Will County’s most troubled neighborhoods to create an afterschool program where children can receive homework assistance and mentoring in the sanctuary of a local community center.

Glasgow and Bettye Gavin, executive director of the Forest Park Community Center in Joliet, are working together to develop the program, which will include academic mentors from the State’s Attorney’s staff. Recently, Glasgow, former Joliet Police Chief Mike Trafton and Terry D’Arcy, the president of D’Arcy Motors in Joliet, joined forces to fund the purchase of two vans to shuttle youngsters to the Center for the program.

In addition, the State’s Attorney established the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center in 1995 to stop child sexual predators in their tracks. The Center, which has improved the way allegations of child sexual abuse are investigated, has put literally hundreds of predators behind bars over the past two decades. He recently 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.

Jerry Elsner, the Illinois State Crime Commission’s Executive Director, described State’s Attorney Glasgow as one of the most innovative State’s Attorney’s in Illinois. “Jim Glasgow has launched many creative programs to improve the way crimes are investigated and prosecuted,” Elsner said. “As a prosecutor and as a community leader, he is on the cutting edge when it comes to creating programs that enhance the safety of all citizens.”