Public Accountability Report Public Accountability Report

Office of the State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor
(Appropriated Spending in Thousands)
  FY 2019 FY 2018
Reporting Programs Expenditures Headcount Expenditures Headcount
State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor Program $ 13,587.4 72.0 $ 11,496.7 70.0
Totals $ 13,587.4 72.0 $ 11,496.7 70.0

Totals may not add due to rounding.

Agency Narrative

The primary objective of the Office of the State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor is to deliver quality professional services to all participating counties in full compliance with its legislative mandate. This includes:

1. representing the People of the State of Illinois on appeal in cases that emanate from a county containing fewer than 3 million inhabitants, when requested to do so and at the direction of the State's Attorney;

2. preparing, filing, and arguing such appellate briefs in the Illinois Appellate Court with the advice and consent of the State's Attorney and, when requested and authorized to do so by the Attorney General, in the Supreme Court;

3. assisting State's Attorneys in the discharge of their duties under the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, the Narcotics Profit Forfeiture Act, the Cannabis Control Act, the Drug Asset Forfeiture Procedure Act, and the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act;

4. providing trial assistance to State's Attorneys and serving as Special Prosecutor when duly appointed by a court having jurisdiction with a court order stating the statutory provisions;

5. assisting State's Attorneys in the trial and appeal of tax objection cases;

6. conducting training programs for State's Attorneys and law enforcement personnel, including programs to reduce trauma for child witnesses in criminal proceedings; and

7. providing a legal intern program.

The State's Attorneys retain exclusive control of appeals originating in their respective counties, as well as the authority to control all documents in each individual case. The agency files no documents in the reviewing courts until they are approved by the State's Attorneys otherwise responsible for prosecuting the appeal.

The participation of the State's Attorney in the program is completely voluntary. Counties that agree to participate are required to collectively finance one-third of the total appropriation approved by the General Assembly and the Governor with the exception of personal services expenses of the collective bargaining unit. The remaining two-thirds of the agency's budget is appropriated from General Revenue Funds. Each county's portion is determined annually by the agency and is based on population.

The agency is governed by a Board of Governors consisting of 10 State's Attorneys. The Cook County State's Attorney is a permanent member by statute, eight State's Attorneys are elected annually, and the 10th member is appointed each year by the other nine members.