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‘Experience, leadership, integrity’

Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Mike Rock

A prosecutor’s first duty is to seek justice, so as Ogle County state’s attorney, I have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of everyday people by being fair and firm, and ensuring that the community’s best interests are top priority.

The rewards of working toward justice for the public is the main reason I started my career as a young prosecutor at the Ogle County state’s attorney’s office and came back in 2010 as first assistant for my predecessor, Ben Roe.

I’ve prosecuted cases for more than 9 years here in Ogle County, compared to my challenger’s less than 2 years, and during that tenure, I worked my way up from focusing on juveniles and civil cases to handling traffic and misdemeanor files before taking on a felony caseload.

In 2013, when Ben was appointed to a circuit judge seat, wanting to assure that the office of state’s attorney would continue to run effectively with a seasoned leader, he recommended me to succeed him. My opponent in this primary race also applied for the position, but the Ogle County Board voted unanimously to appointment me state’s attorney.

As your state’s attorney, I’ve had success in seeking the appropriate punishments for repeat and violent offenders, as well as bringing common sense and fairness to secure appropriate remedies and rehabilitation programs for lesser offenses.

I’ve earned a positive and cooperative relationship with other county entities. My retention campaign has been endorsed by three former Ogle County sheriffs, Jerry Brooks, Mel Messer and Greg Beitel, numerous county board members, and many of the “boots on the ground” in law enforcement.

Additionally, I’ve run the state’s attorney’s office with an eye to fiscal responsibility, increasing the collection of court-ordered fines and returning approximately $40,000 to the county coffers during the last county board budget process.

Going forward, I am committed to building upon the public safety efforts of law enforcement to protect our schools and communities by working to prevent crime and putting together solid cases against repeat, violent and serious offenders.

I also plan to examine diversion programs for our veterans. Our community owes much to the brave and patriotic individuals who have served our county and can benefit from support and services if they have issues readjusting to civilian life.

By casting your Republican primary ballot to retain me, Mike Rock, you can help ensure that the state’s attorney’s office continues to seamlessly serve the public. There will be no transition period, no reshuffling of staff, or the need to bring in a special prosecutor to handle the conflict cases if I’m retained as your state’s attorney.

In that case, I’ll strive to continue with what I enjoy and have proved qualified at doing: representing the everyday Ogle County resident with the proven experience, leadership, impartiality and integrity you can count on.

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