The two Republicans vying for Warren County State’s Attorney are public defender and private attorney Thomas Siegel and Warren County Assistant State’s Attorney Andrew Stuckart.
WGIL sat down with both candidates last week.
First, Tom Siegel: he graduated from Monmouth College in 1999 with degrees in philosophy, English, and religious studies then went on to earn his J.D. from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2002.
He was a partner at Whitman, Baber & Siegel from 2009 to 2015 and has had his own firm since 2015.
Siegel was chief public defender for Warren County from 2006 to 2018.
He said some of the changes he would like to implement would include more efficient community outreach – holding talks on crime prevention and talks with seniors on identifying fraud and scams.
“One of those things is how preliminary hearings are handled, those are initial hearings where usually the arresting officer is brought in and they give some testimony so the judge can decide whether there’s enough information that the case could move forward,” Siegel says. “The way that’s being done now is not particularly efficient and I have some plans on how to make that more efficient which means the officers will not be out of service as much and it will save the county some money and manpower.”
Siegel teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure for Police at Carl Sandburg College, and he also sits on the Head Start board.
No Democratic or other party challengers are on the ballot for the March 17th primary.