The DeKalb County State Attorney has the responsibility for prosecuting violations of criminal laws of the State of Illinois. The attorney gives legal advice to all County Officials and Represent the County in all actions where the County’s officials or employees are a party.
The State Attorney’s Office professional staff includes twelve Assistant State’s Attorneys and nine support staff. The State’s Attorney’s staff is present in four courtrooms on a daily basis and routinely appears in branch court in DeKalb and Sandwich.
The cases handled by the State’s Attorney’s office include felony and misdemeanor criminal matters, traffic, juvenile detention and prosecution, juvenile abuse and neglect, interstate reciprocal child support and public aid cases, mental health, advice to government officials and tax collection.
Richard Schmack has been a practicing attorney for 31 years, the last 27 here in Sycamore.
Question 1: What would you change in the County of DeKalb?
Question 2: What made you want to run for this position?
The courtroom like I’ve never seen it before. It was intense from the moment I walked into the Municipal Building to the court room until the moment I left. The meeting took place September 28, 2015. The crowd was very attentive and was interested about one of the topic that was being talked about. Some of them agreed to what was being discussed.
John Rey the mayor of DeKalb accepted a gift from Northern Illinois University to attend a football game in Moscow, Idaho on Saturday, September 14, 2013. The cost of the trip was over $1000 for airline tickets, room, transportation and meals. This trip was free of charge besides the hotel room for the mayor.
The state ethic law limits gifts to $75 per day for meals. The code 8.03 gift ban states that the solicitation or acceptance of gifts prohibited to be solicited or accepted under that Act, by any officer or any employee of the city of DeKalb. Some believe that Mayor Rey doesn’t know what is ethical
This is second discussion for this issue and the person who bought to his attention was called a liar. The person didn’t like the fact that she was called a liar so she bought valuable information to prove that the mayor was wrong for calling her a liar.
There are emails exchanged between the mayor and the President of NIU and other important figures from NIU to John Rey. They have evidence to where you can see that the mayor only had to pay for the room. “The only charges on the bill I gave you were for the room cost”. From Bill Nicklas to John Rey 8/29/2013 5:40 PM “I’m forwarding your flight information for the Idaho trip. The university has comped the cost”.
This is against ethics that is setup not to happen and its happening and it is happening.
At the Study Abroad Fair there was multiple students there in attendance. Johari Dodd a Corporate Communication major talked about studying abroad. She has never studied abroad before but wants to. She would like to go to Barcelona or the Dominican Republic. The interest that Johari has is in study abroad is because you’re surrounded by different people, food, culture and different life. According to Johari, “you get to know people around the world and gain different connections and different views”.
A few things people should know about studying abroad is “it is possible to study abroad a lot assume that its not without knowing there many majors and many countries you can go to” according to Ann Seitzinger Study Abroad Office. The department has been around since 1969. She has stated the advantages are the global economy, global, world, find jobs and be able to put on resume.