Edmonds to seek second term in offic

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced this week that he will seek a second term in office.

 Edmonds stated: “It is an honor and privilege to serve as your Union County state’s attorney. We have accomplished a great deal over the past three years and I am seeking reelection to keep our communities safe and ensure that county government works for the hardworking people of Union County.”

Edmonds highlighted the following accomplishments during his term as Union County state’s attorney:

•Significantly increased felony filings, felony dispositions and Illinois Department of Corrections sentences as compared to the averages of the past decade.

•Obtained judgments on over $800,000 in fines, forfeitures and other costs to criminal defendants during 2009 and 2010 including  over $100,000 in restitution to crime victims.

•Partnered with the sheriff and county clerk to implement an election monitoring program to protect voting rights and ensure integrity of the election process.

•Implemented a new domestic violence and juvenile initiative to help victims overcome the cycle of abuse and violence in the home.

•Required all drunk drivers to attend a Victim Impact Panel presentation by individuals who have lost family members in DUI-related crashes.

•Applied for and received $155,000 federal grant to fund full salary and benefits for an assistant state’s attorney.

Edmonds was elected to a four-year term as Union County state’s attorney in November 2008. 

Edmonds grew up in Union County and graduated as co-valedictorian of his class at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. 

Edmonds worked his way through college attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduating with a degree in political science and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. 

He then earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School where he served as editor-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law. 

Prior to being elected state’s attorney, Edmonds was in private practice with the Illinois-based law firm Mayer Brown LLP focusing on state and local government law and civil litigation.

Edmonds resides in Anna. He serves on the board of directors of Rural Health Inc., a not-for-profit health care provider serving the people of Southern Illinois. 

He also serves on the board of directors of the Hospitality House in Vienna, a not-for-profit entity providing low cost lodging for families visiting prisoners housed in Southern Illinois correctional facilities.

More information about the campaign is available at <a href="http://www.friendsofedmonds.com">www.friendsofedmonds.com</a>, on Facebook and Twitter at @tyler_r_edmonds.

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