Mike Nerheim Nets All Major Newspaper Endorsements For Lake County State's Attorney

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Chicago Tribune joins Chicago Daily Herald in endorsing Nerheim in closely watched Illinois county race.

Chicago Tribune Endorses Mike Nerheim

We're more impressed with Nerheim. His seven-year stint as an assistant state's attorney and his extensive experience in criminal defense work make him the best choice to lead change.

The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Mike Nerheim, Republican candidate for Lake County State's Attorney, declaring, "We're more impressed with Nerheim. His seven-year stint as an assistant state's attorney and his extensive experience in criminal defense work make him the best choice to lead change."

"I recognize that the Tribune has taken a hard look at the office, so their recognition that the changes I propose and the experience I bring are the best hope for the future of the office is very gratifying," said Mike Nerheim in response to the endorsement news.

The Tribune endorsement comes two weeks before the election, and just a few days following the endorsement of another Chicago major newspaper, the Daily Herald. In their endorsement, the Herald editors also cited the advantage of his law experience. "...we believe Nerheim’s private practice experience as a criminal defense attorney gives him an edge in the turnaround. Going head-to-head against prosecutors daily on the types of felony cases at the root of the office’s problems provides a unique perspective."

Both major papers cited the advantages of Nerheim's plan for an Independent case review panel to address the wrongful conviction issue that has marked the office in recent years.

The Chicago Tribune editors explained, "Nerheim tells us he has recruited a panel of volunteer former prosecutors, judges and attorneys to review high-profile cases to prevent wrongful convictions. Kennedy, who served as an assistant state's attorney for four years, wants to form an in-house conviction integrity unit to prevent wrongful convictions. We think an independent outside a board of volunteers would be more effective. Nerheim is endorsed."

On the same issues, the Daily Herald editors concluded, " We like the independent nature of his case review concept. His criminal defense work includes juvenile misdemeanor, traffic and civil litigation. Kennedy’s work in private practice is mostly civil. We support Nerheim.”

"I am grateful for these very high-profile endorsements," added Nerheim in response to the endorsements. "Now it is up to the voters to select the next State's Attorney and I hope they will see that my experience, plans for change and record of integrity are the right choice to fight crime and ensure justice is served for all citizens of Lake County."

More About Mike Nerheim

Mike Nerheim is a Republican candidate with extensive experience working in all criminal divisions of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office. As an Assistant State’s Attorney, he was well-respected by federal, state and local law enforcement for his guidance and approval of criminal charges and for his strong commitment to representing the needs of victims.

Nerheim is widely recognized for vigorously prosecuting those who have violated the law while respecting both the rights of victims and the rights of the accused to ensure no one is wrongfully convicted. He teaches “evidence” and “DNA,” and has successfully used DNA evidence in prosecution of criminal sexual assault. He has been appointed by the courts to investigate post-conviction issues pursuant to the Illinois Post-Conviction laws. He has written and argued post-conviction petitions on behalf of indigent defendants in defense of their constitutional rights.

Nerheim is an experienced prosecutor and defense attorney who is fair and dedicated to equal justice for all. His experience also includes areas of complex civil litigation and municipal law.

He has demonstrated strong leadership and business experience, and is actively involved in supporting the Lake County community. He serves as Teen Court Judge in Warren Township, Advisory Council member of Staben House, and Vice Chair of Lake County Bar Foundation.

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