Editor, Register-Mail: Jeremy Karlin is the breath of fresh air that the Knox County State’s Attorney’s Office needs. I worked for 15 years in the State’s Attorney’s Office and am proud of much we were able to accomplish in that time. It is also because of this experience that I know that today’s challenges demand a new approach to crime prevention.
In 2020 we need a state’s attorney who recognizes that the job starts in the courthouse, but it doesn’t end there. It is no longer enough to merely prosecute crimes after they have been committed. Our state’s attorney must be as comfortable bringing people together to solve problems as he is working in a courtroom.
That is why Jeremy is the right person for the job. He is a well-respected attorney with 25 years of experience who has demonstrated that he can handle the most difficult cases. But in that same 25 years, starting as assistant state’s attorney under Ray Kimbel and Paul Mangieri, he has had a lifetime of public service in the community, including serving eight years on the Galesburg City Council, volunteering with numerous community organizations and providing free legal advice to local not-for-profit organizations. As state’s attorney, he has pledged to work with schools, churches, law enforcement and other groups to identify and help those people who are at risk before they get in trouble. That is what I call real crime prevention.
He will be a tough prosecutor in the courthouse pursuing justice. He will be a community leader uniting us all around the common cause of making our neighborhoods safer. This is why you should vote for Jeremy Karlin to be our next Knox County State’s Attorney. — Elizabeth Smith, Galesburg