Chicago Tribune Endorses Mike Nerheim for Lake County Illinois State's Attorney

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Chicago Tribune Makes it Unanimous: Both Major Papers Endorse Republican Mike Nerheim for Lake County State’s Attorney. Primary is March 20, 2012

Chicago Tribune endorses Mike Nerheim for Lake County State's Attorney

The Chicago Tribune cited Nerheim’s “smart ideas for an office that needs a complete overhaul. He’d appoint a panel to review old cases and convictions and to develop new protocols for prosecuting cases involving forensic evidence, including DNA. Nerheim,

Mike Nerheim has been endorsed by the Chicago Tribune as the best Republican candidate for Lake County State’s Attorney, citing his “smart ideas and extensive experience in prosecuting and defending cases that hinge on DNA evidence.” The Tribune endorsement marks a unanimous sweep of major news organizations to endorse Nerheim for the office. Previously, the Daily Herald editorial board also endorsed Mike Nerheim as the Republican choice, also citing his experience as a prosecutor combined with a “fresh perspective” from work as a defense attorney in private practice.

The Chicago Tribune is the largest newspaper in Chicago and the Midwest, and its tradition of candidate endorsements dates back over a century and a half. In fact, the newspaper is proud to have endorsed Abraham Lincoln in 1860 citing his “ability that no man can question, firmness that nothing can overbear, honesty that has never been impeached, and patriotism that never despairs.”

The Chicago Tribune’s editorial board explained their rationale for continuing to make political endorsements and the significant effort involved by saying “we want to inform our readers and encourage them to push an agenda for a more vital community. The most direct way they do that is in choosing who will lead their government.” In preparing to make endorsements, the Chicago Tribune editorial board invited all State’s Attorney candidates to complete questionnaires with background information, a summary of key priorities, and responses to specific questions for State’s Attorney candidates. “We make our evaluation of which [candidates] will best serve the interests of the public. And, then we tell our readers.”

The Chicago Tribune cited Nerheim’s “smart ideas for an office that needs a complete overhaul. He’d appoint a panel to review old cases and convictions and to develop new protocols for prosecuting cases involving forensic evidence, including DNA. Nerheim, who has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending cases that hinge on DNA evidence, is endorsed over Bryan Winter, the village attorney for Gurnee, and Louise Hayes, an assistant state’s attorney.”

“The Chicago Tribune endorsement is a critical endorsement that Lake County voters should consider in choosing the best candidate for State’s Attorney. I am honored that the Chicago Tribune recognizes the difference in the extensive experience and qualifications that I bring to the State’s Attorney’s Office, as well as my innovative ideas for bringing change to restore the public’s trust and to make the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office one in which we can all be proud,” said Nerheim in response to the endorsement.

As State’s Attorney, one of Nerheim’s first priorities will be to appoint a Case Review Panel to review old cases and convictions, and to develop protocols for the prosecution of cases with forensic evidence, including DNA. The panel would consist of diverse members of the legal community—retired judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and law enforcement—who will review past cases in order to properly uphold the law.

With the ever-increasing use and development of DNA evidence, Nerheim will focus on ongoing training for all prosecutors to ensure they are up-to-speed on the latest advances in DNA and other forensic sciences. “I’ve used DNA as a prosecutor and defense attorney, and teach DNA and the laws of evidence. I’m the only candidate able to bring this depth of DNA experience to the office,” said Nerheim.

Nerheim vows to improve the process for communicating with and counseling victims of crimes, as well as open up the lines of communication between the State’s Attorney’s Office and the public. He will utilize modern technology to make the office more efficient and reduce costs. In addition, he will create a Public Integrity Unit to investigate and prosecute crimes involving official misconduct, public corruption and fraud.

Nerheim’s promise to Lake County: “I want the streets of Lake County to be safe for my family and yours. As State’s Attorney, I will lead a team that will be fully committed to investigating and prosecuting not just certain areas of crime, but rather all types of criminal conduct—from traffic violations to felonies, guaranteeing that these crimes are prosecuted vigorously according to the law. These crimes include investigating and prosecuting official misconduct, public corruption and fraud.”

Mike Nerheim has extensive prosecution experience working in all criminal divisions of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. He has prosecuted thousands of serious felony cases and conducted hundreds of trials. As a former Assistant State’s Attorney, he is 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 has extensive experience on both sides of the law—both prosecution and defense, as well as experience with complex civil litigation and municipal law. He currently works in private practice as a criminal defense attorney and is partner in the firm Fox, Lunardi, Zeit & Nerheim in Waukegan.

To learn more about Mike Nerheim visit: http://www.mikenerheim2012.com.
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