DANVILLE — Vermilion County’s top prosecutor has officially announced her bid for re-election in November 2020.
State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy said she’s seeking a second term to build upon the successes she’s achieved in her three years in office.
An attorney since 2003, the Hoopeston area Republican was elected to the office in November 2016, becoming the first female to hold it.
Prior to that, she served for six years as the county’s first female chief public defender.
She worked for the DuPage County public defender’s office and was in private practice in the Chicago area before coming to Vermilion County.
“One of the reasons that I have been successful is because I have also worked in the DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Cook county court systems,” Lacy said.
“I understand the law and the defense tactics used. I understand urban crime and gangs, and I’m able to bring that wealth of knowledge and experience to the citizens of Vermilion County.”
Since taking office, Lacy said she’s built “a strong office of talented prosecutors and staff that successfully prosecute murderers and violent sexual criminals” and reorganized the office to take advantage of each prosecutor’s strengths.
As a result, defendants are no longer being released from jail to avoid violation of the 120-day speedy trial act.
Lacy said she’s rebuilt strong relationships with the community, police, probation, Illinois attorney general and U.S. attorney general’s offices and assisted in qualifying the Danville Police Department’s first gang expert.
Lacy is the first Republican to announce her candidacy for the office.
In July, former Assistant State’s Attorney Sandy Lawlyes of Westville announced she is running for the Democratic nomination.