Will County State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow gears up for four more busy years
BY JANET LUNDQUIST firstname.lastname@example.org November 7, 2012 3:54PM
Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow
Updated: December 9, 2012 7:31PM
The pace of life slowed considerably for Jim Glasgow on Wednesday.
He spent much of the day after he was elected to another term as Will County’s state’s attorney resting at home — hanging out with his Great Dane, Hobbs.
“Great Danes are like a person,” Glasgow said. “I put my arm around him and talk to him. And he agrees with me on everything.”
After a long and busy campaign, Glasgow, 61, of Joliet, got 57 percent of the vote Tuesday, beating Joliet attorney Dave Carlson for the job.
The glow of victory burned into the night Wednesday, as Glasgow was scheduled to accept the Mitchell A. Mars Prosecutorial Excellence Award from the Chicago Crime Commission for his successful prosecution of Drew Peterson for the murder of his third wife.
“It’s going to be a very fulfilling evening to celebrate what we accomplished,” said Glasgow, who planned to attend the awards dinner with the entire team of prosecutors that worked on the trial.
Looking ahead to his next term, Glasgow said there are several issues in particular his office will focus on. Protecting children from Internet predators and attempting to staunch the electronic flow of child pornography is one of them.
“We’re looking towards building cases where we can get the producers” of child porn, Glasgow said, which requires help from the FBI and other agencies who work across state lines.
“In the next year we’re going to really aggressively reach out to parents and teachers to make sure they’re aware of the cutting edge technology” that Internet predators use to snare children.
He said he wants to maintain and improve on his office’s conviction rate, which is currently the highest in northern Illinois and 15 percent above the state average.
“That’s a real credit to the attorneys that work in the courtrooms,” he said. “The important thing here is that we continue to work on the unsolved murder cases. They’re never off our shelves.”
He said his office is still actively investigating the 2007 disappearance of Lisa Stebic of Plainfield as well as the Feb. 2, 2008 murders at a Lane Bryant store in Tinley Park.
Glasgow said his office will also review the case of Peterson’s missing fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, and assess whether charges should be filed.
The heroin epidemic is another hot issue, he said. While he believes the county has been aggressive in its enforcement and prevention work, he wants to expand the effort to coordinate with other counties and law enforcement agencies.
“We had 46 heroin dealers convicted this year in Will County. But we can’t stop the kids from going up to Chicago and buying it out on a street corner,” Glasgow said. That’s why he plans to set up a meeting with Cook, DuPage and other law enforcement officials to combine their resources and efforts.