What Matters When You Vote For State's Attorney

Mike Nerheim is the candidate for Lake County State's Attorney. He is sharing more of his insights into how he will ensure the office is returned to one of respect and pride.

What matters when you cast your vote for State's Attorney in November is that you understand the many areas where a vote for Mike Nerheim is a vote for justice, a commitment to bring change, openness and accountability to the office of State's Attorney. 


At this criticial moment in the campaign--with less than 7 weeks to go until election day--I encourage all voters to take the time to consider my priorities and the issues that are so important for the next State's Attorney to address. If you haven't seen it yet, a good place to start is in the recent candidate interview program that aired on ABC 7's NewsViews program. 

Preventing wrongful convictions is one of my top priorities. I have called for a fully independent case review panel. I explain in the recent ABC 7 Interview why this is so important.  It is also important that these issues be addressed head on and openly. I am committed to running an open office with nothing to hide. As a candidate, I have engaged in discussions and proved a willingness to address the hard questions. 

My campaign from day one has clearly stated the changes I will make to address our county's critical wrongful conviction issue and handling of DNA evidence, and to make the office one that is respected and trusted to do the right thing. But my campaign commitments to you go much further. I have shared to date numerous other initiatives that impact everyone who calls Lake County home today and well into the future.  

I have announced plans for an Alternative Prosecution Program that would help unclog our courts, reduce overcrowding in the jail, and deliver real and tangible benefits to victims of crime and each and every taxpayer of this county.

I have engaged with national experts on School Bullying to understand the issue enough to make it a priority to stop bullying as a way to prevent crime in Lake County. 

I have met with crime victims and victims' rights advocates to discuss improvements for communicating with and counseling victims of crimes, and ensuring the rights of victims are fully served. 

I have established a clear priority for working with law enforcement to curtail the huge surge in teen gang and drug violence.  Not only have I received the endorsement of Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran and numerous local law enforcement organizations, I have also been actively engaged in conversations to ensure that Lake County and our neighboring counties will be coordinated and concerted in our crime fighting efforts. 

And as I mentioned in the ABC 7 interview, I have spent the past 14 months doing more than campaigning. I have met with law enforcement officials from across the county to ensure that as State's Attorney, fighting crime and being committed to fairness and the pursuit of justice will be a coordinated effort. I continue to go to court every day in Lake County representing people to ensure they are treated fairly and their rights are respected.  

I am ready to work hard to bring change to our county, and these next seven weeks I am asking for your support and your help to get the word out to all voters of the importance of casting a vote for Mike Nerheim for Lake County State's Attorney.

For more information please visit www.mikenerheim2012.com

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Mike Nerheim September 20, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Sharing news about some important endorsements ... http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/9/prweb9924889.htm
Bonita September 24, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Mike Nerheim's campaign is a refreshing change from usual political activity: He actually cares about his community and county. He has the expertise, experience, and creativity to make effective improvements, and the motivation to follow through. This man is on the ball, and he is the best choice for State's Attorney of Lake County!
Tim Froehlig September 24, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I may vote for Mike, but I am not a fan of people referring to themselves in the third person in a polticial statement. Especially in the opening sentence. WIth all due respect, it kind of comes off sounding like you feel like you are above the voters, sir. Perhaps something to keep in mind in the future, even if it was unintended. Good luck.
Sandra Sims September 25, 2012 at 01:32 AM
I would be interested to know Mr. Nerheim's view on sanctuary vs. deportation of illegal aliens who are convicted/imprisoned. I know that Sheriff Curran was pro deportation until he had a religious epiphany. I fail to see how keeping criminal aliens in our community benefits anyone but the criminals. I will vote for anyone who will work to solve this problem.
Mike Nerheim September 26, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Thank you for your interest, Sandra. We need immigration reform on a national level. I believe that local law enforcement should be cooperating with the federal government in the enforcement of immigration laws. Certainly, those who are convicted of violent crimes should be deported once they complete their sentence. I have spent a lot of time in every community in Lake County listening to the concerns of various groups. This is an issue that is of concern in our community and I will continue to work towards a just resolution.


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