About State’s Attorney’s Office

Jackson County State’s Attorneys

The Constitution of the State of Illinois, Article VI “Judicial Department” Sec. 22, page 30, adopted May 13, 1870, states:

State’s Attorneys:  At the election for members of the General Assembly in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-two, and every four years thereafter, there shall be elected a State’s attorney in and for each county, in lieu of the State’s attorneys now provided by law, whose term should be four years.”

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Jackson County State’s Attorneys

Joseph A. Cervantez – 2020-Present

Michael C. Carr – 2012 to 2020

Michael L. Wepsiec – 1993-2012

W. Charles Grace – 1988-1993

John R. Clemons – 1980-1988

William G. Schwartz – 1979-1980

Howard L. Hood – 1972-1979

Richard E. Richman – 1964-1972

William G. Ridgeway – 1956-1964

John G. Gilbert – 1948-1956

Glenn O. Brown – 1940-1948

C. Edgar White – 1932-1940

Fletcher Lewis – 1928-1932

John H. Searing 1920-1928

Otis Ferguson Glenn – 1916-1920

William A. Schwartz – 1912-1916

Isaac K. Levy – 1908 – 1912

Otis Ferguson Glenn – 1907-1908

John Venable 1900-1907

John Maurice Herbert 1892-1900

Richard T. Lightfoot 1888-1892

Robert J. McElvain 1884 – 1888

William Augustus Schwartz 1880-1884

William A. Lemma 1876-1880

Abraham R. Pugh 1872-1876

Col Robert R. Townes 1868

George W. Wall 1864 or 1866

Monroe C. Crawford 1862

John A. Logan 1854

Samuel D. Marshall 1837

The duties of the state’s attorney:

55 ILCS 5/3-9005 Ch. 34, Par. 3-9005

(1) To commence and prosecute all actions, suits, indictments and prosecutions, civil and criminal, in the circuit court for his county, in which the people of the State or county may be concerned.

(2) To prosecute all forfeited bonds and recognizances, and all actions and proceedings for the recovery of debts, revenues, moneys, fines, penalties and forfeitures accruing to the State or his county, or to any school district or road district in his county; also, to prosecute all suits in his county against railroad or transportation companies, which may be prosecuted in the name of the People of the State of Illinois.

(3) To commence and prosecute all actions and proceedings brought by any county officer in his official capacity.

(4) To defend all actions and proceedings brought against his county, or against any county or State officer, in his official capacity, within his county.

(5) To attend the examination of all persons brought before any judge on habeas corpus, when the prosecution is in his county.

(6) To attend before judges and prosecute charges of felony or misdemeanor, for which the offender is required to be recognized to appear before the circuit court, when in his power so to do.

(7) To give his opinion, without fee or reward, to any county officer in his county, upon any question or law relating to any criminal or other matter, in which the people or the county may be concerned.

(8) To assist the attorney general whenever it may be necessary, and in cases of appeal from his county to the Supreme Court, to which it is the duty of the attorney general to attend, he shall furnish the attorney general at least 10 days before such is due to be filed, a manuscript of a proposed statement, brief and argument to be printed and filed on behalf of the people, prepared in accordance with the rules of the Supreme Court. However, if such brief, argument or other document is due to be filed by law or order of court within this 10 day period, then the State’s attorney shall furnish such as soon as may be reasonable.

(9) To pay all moneys received by him in trust, without delay, to the officer who by law is entitled to the custody thereof.

(10) To notify, by first class mail, complaining witnesses of the ultimate disposition of the cases arising from an indictment or an information.

(11) To perform such other and further duties as may, from time to time, be enjoined on him by law.

(12) To appear in all proceedings by collectors of taxes against delinquent taxpayers for judgments to sell real estate, and see that all the necessary preliminary steps have been legally taken to make the judgment legal and binding.

(13) To notify, by first-class mail, the State Superintendent of Education, the applicable regional superintendent of schools, and the superintendent of the employing school district or the chief school administrator of the employing nonpublic school, if any, upon the conviction of any individual known to possess a certificate or license issued pursuant to Article 21 or 21B, respectively, of the School Code of any offense set forth in Section 21B-80 of the School Code or any other felony conviction, providing the name of the certificate holder, the fact of the conviction, and the name and location of the court where the conviction occurred. The certificate holder must also be contemporaneously sent a copy of the notice. 

Jackson County State's Attorney Entrance

Jackson County State's Attorneys Pictures

Michael C. Carr

2012 to Present

Michael L. Wepsiec


W. Charles Grace


John R. Clemons


William G. Schwartz


Howard L. Hood


Otis Ferguson Glenn


Isaac K. Levy


Robert J. McElvain


William A. Lemma


Abraham R. Pugh


John A. Logan


Historic Timeline

  • 1819-1827 – Duties were performed by a circuit attorney, appointed by the Governor
  • 1827 – Replaced by an officer “styled and called state’s attorney” appointed by the Governor for a four-year term
  • The state’s attorney was appointed by the Governor until 1835
  • From 1835-1849, Appointee of the General Assembly for a two-year term.   
  • 1849  Elective officer of the circuit district electorate.  His services were expanded to include the newly-created county court. 
  • 1849 – Elected by the district to a four-year term; however, the first term was only for three years, ending in 1852
  • 1852 to present- Elective office in and for each county for a four-year term. The state’s attorney receives his commission from the Governor for the tenure of his office. 

*Source – Historical Records Survey, Chicago, Illinois (Jackson County –Murphysboro No.39)  March 1939

Office Hours:

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Closed on all Federal
and State holidays.

Contact Us:

Jackson County Courthouse
1001 Walnut Street
Murphysboro, Illinois 62966
Phone: 618-687-7200
Fax: 618-687-7215