Hamilton County State’s Attorney Justin Hood was unanimously elected Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor during a quarterly Board Meeting held in Chicago on June 27, 2018.
This Board action took place immediately after State’s Attorney Hood was re-elected as a Board Member by the State’s Attorneys in the Fifth Appellate Court District.
State’s Attorney Hood has been a Board Member since 2009 and has been Vice-Chairman since 2012. He is the first State’s Attorney from Hamilton County to ever serve on the Board.
The primary mission of the Appellate Prosecutor is to be the attorney for the People of the State of Illinois in all criminal appeals outside of Cook County, prosecute all types of drug cases, serve as Special Prosecutor at the trial level when appointed by the Court, and to function as the training agency for all state prosecutors.
The Appellate Prosecutor handles thousands of criminal cases each year ranging from DUI’s to murder and provides advice and assistance to all State’s Attorneys at their request.
When informed of the election results, State’s Attorney Hood said, “It is an honor to be elected by my peers, and I appreciate the opportunity to be of service in carrying out my new Board duties and responsibilities as Chairman.”
Appellate Prosecutor Director Patrick J. Delfino stated, “I welcome State’s Attorney Hood to the position of Board Chairman and look forward to working closely with him. He is an outstanding State’s Attorney who will bring his dedication, administrative skills, and prosecutorial expertise to this challenging position.”