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Mike Nerheim for State's Attorney. Bringing Respect and Pride to Lake County

Mike Nerheim is running for Lake County State's Attorney and vows to restore respect and pride to the Office. The athletes from Lake County, Illinois and Team USA serve as inspiration.

As Lake County citizens join the rest of the world to watch exceptional athletes compete in London at the 2012 Olympics, it serves as a reminder of the importance of family, fairness and the reward of hard work--all ideals of great importance to me. 

There are several local athletes representing the United States at the games, and my family and I are cheering them on from right here in Lake County, including: 

  • Tamika Catchings, former Stevenson High School student (Basketball)
  • Conor Dwyer, Wilmette (Swimming)
  • Matt Grevers, Lake Forest (Swimming)
  • Christina Loukas, Riverwoods (Diving)
  • Jillian Schwartz, former Lake Forest High School student competed for U.S. in 2004 and now on Israeli team (Pole Vault) 

See photos:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/24/illinois-olympic-athletes_n_1699222.html#slide=1273355  

These Olympic athletes have trained for years. They have committed themselves to their sports, their individual goals and to represent their country on the world stage. The athletes remind us that we all can succeed and even exceed our own expectations. We can always do better, be faster, stronger, more prepared, more helpful, more caring. 

In my career as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, I have seen and experienced first hand the challenges people can overcome simply by being inspired by positive role models. This is especially true for troubled teens, where a strong family and community support system can make so much difference for our kids, our families and our community.   

As we continue to watch the Olympic athletes over the next few weeks, we should all be inspired and motivated to do better at whatever it is we are committed to as athletes, as individuals, and as citizens. I know that as I watch and cheer on our Lake County and Team USA athletes, I will be further inspired to run a positive campaign and restore pride to the Lake County State's Attorney's Office. 

Please join me in cheering on our athletes. And join me in the effort to bring positive change to the office of Lake County State's Attorney. Join our team, and help us ensure a win in November.  

Have you seen our Olympic themed spot on TV during the games?

Watch it here on YouTube:    http://youtu.be/AwNyHZ2ek-U

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Katherine August 01, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Mike: I think you would do the best job you could. However, you are part of the entrenched party that has controlled this office for 32 years. This is where you have received your "training." You left working in the State's Attorney's Office four years ago. The party knew Waller was leaving. You had to leave in order to run. We need someone who is not entrenched in party politics. We need new and fresh ideas and a person that will stand up for cleaning up and creating justice in Lake County. We cannot afford morally or financially any more wrongful convictions. So, I will be voting and supporting Chris Kennedy for Lake County State's Attorney.
Nightcrawler August 01, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Because those convictions were all Mike's fault you are saying, Kathy? You talk a big game about "partisan politics," then have the nerve to link him to something directly that wasn't his fault? Talk about the true definition of being hypocritical. Mike is the only person who has offered a legitimite solution to rid the area of gang activity, which has become one of the top priorities in Lake/Quickly Becoming Cook County. Then you also have the nerve to demean his education by putting the word "training" in quotes. How could you possibly know where all of his knowledge came from? What a vast assumption. Not to mention, I'm sure that none of the police who gathered evidence or processed it improperly to begin with could have POSSIBLY been liberals, because we all know thay every policeman in the whole county, according to you, is Republican. Your countless assumptions of someone who has actual documnted ideas are insulting. So, I will not be listening to any more of the angry, hateful posts of Kathy Oetker. Because her hypocritical and downright insulting views are clearly independent and couldn't possibly be associated with a specific party herself now, could they?
Katherine August 01, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Interesting name, I have a valid point, again. At least I use my real name. I absolutely am NOT saying they are Mike's fault. I am saying that due to his political connections, including an entrenched Republican party which has had no accountability to this, he is no the person to be able to clean up the State's attorney's office. The issues of the Sheriff's office and their many grievous practices are not the issue in the State's Attorneys race. Both Waller and Curran should have been removed from office long ago. Between wrongful convictions, beatings and deaths, Lake County is the laughing stock of the country. (See the New York Times article on Lake counties wrongful convictions.) Mike does have a plan for gang activities. having worked with gangs in Chicago, I understand the importance. I appreciate his bringing this to the for front. I do not speak for a specific party, I speak for myself. Clearly, I do not support the Lake County Republican Party. A thriving two party system is the best for county and country, The entrenched party is finally being held accountable for the abuse and neglect in the State's Attorney's Office and other offices. Mike will simply not be able to make the changes needed to restore justice to Lake County. So, what was your name again???
Nightcrawler August 02, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I've used my real name plenty of times on this board and it cost me a job because of judgemental people like yourself. I am entitled to my opinion and privacy despite the "better than everyone attitude" you give off. And yes, you were blaming Mike, even if indirectly in your initial post, to the point where you should apologize to him, for crying out loud. You incinuated he was in some way involved with cases where people were wrongly convicted of murder, so not only was your comment way off-base, it was downright insulting and rude, at the least. You say that you do not support the Lake County Republican Party, yet in the VERY SAME PARAGRAPH claim a thriving two party system is best. Do you even read what you write, or notice how you contradict yourself? You need to be attacking Waller and Curran, not this guy. Your comments would be like if I blamed you for a crime your neighbor committed. It's ridiculous and very offensive. And I can tell by your anger that I have, as my screen name says, A Valid Point...Again. Guess the truth hurts.
Nightcrawler August 02, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Not to mention, the guy says above he's running a campaign based on positive change, seemingly admitting that he too felt there was a problem in the office. Not to mention, it took a jury to wrongfully convict those people too, which doesn't excuse the mistakes made by the clowns that brought the charges to begin with, or the sloppy police work, but perhaps those on these juries should have taken a closer look and demanded there be more real evidence before they convicted anyone. It makes them just as guilty. But for you to somehow connect Mike to the horrible wrongs of others isn't just political mudslinging, it's sickening and false.
Mike Nerheim August 02, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I appreciate facts, and hope you do to. Here are the facts about where I stand and where my priorities are for bringing change and a fresh approach to the Lake County State's Attorney's Office. Here's why "It's Time" READ: http://www.mikenerheim2012.com/candidate_bio/candidacy/
Nightcrawler August 02, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Just what is your involvement in representing the village of Lakemoor, Mike? I hope it isn't for the red light camera program they are using to slam people with $100 fines for turning right at a certain red light in their town.
Mike Nerheim August 02, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I am the attorney for the newly formed police commission in Lakemoor, which has northing to do with red light camera program. I provide legal advice to the police commission. The police commission is responsible for the hiring and disciplining of police officers. The office of State's Attorney is not about politics, it's about upholding the law and seeking justice. Politics has no place in the State's Attorney's Office.
Nightcrawler August 02, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Okay, thanks for clarifying. But my point is, what if you are elected, and somewhere down the road, someone sues the village of Lakemoor or one of its officers, or there is some sort of crime committed where they are sued, or vice versa? Wouldn't it automatically become a conflict of interests since you've chosen to represent this commission? How would that be handled? Would you completely excuse yourself from any involvement or knowledge about it? I know this is a hypothetical question, but it is the kind of situation that pops up in the real world a lot, not just in the state's attorney's office, but throughout villages all over the county. While I realize police and certain villages need attorneys too, it just concerns me a little, because if someone committed a serious crime in Lakemoor, a defense attorney could then accuse you of having ties to the officers who investigated that crime based on this knowledge alone....which would put us back to square one as far as the existing bad press from prior wrongful convictions locally. All I am saying is perhaps it wasn't the wisest move to represent anything police-related in Lake County if you want to espouse the notion that you are working independently. It's only human nature to want to believe those who you've worked with and represented, but it could create a big problem down the line. I hope you see my point.
Nightcrawler August 02, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Not to mention, every time any court case involving the village of Lakemoor would take place in which you brought charges, it could immediately be considered a conflict of interests, technically. I'm not saying I like the other candidates ideas better, Mike, but it really concerns me.
Mike Nerheim August 02, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Here's some background on the police commission in Lakemoor. When the population of Lakemoor exceeded 5,000 people this triggered a requirement that Lakemoor form a police commission. Lakemoor had never previously had a police commission. I'm proud of the work we have done over the past year to help formulate and implement a set of rules and regulations that govern the hiring process and any disciplinary actions within the police department. Lakemoor is currently in the process of seeking potential candidates and testing for the police department. As the attorney for the police commission, I do not make any hiring or disciplinary decisions. My job is to provide legal advice to the police commissioners and to make sure they are in compliance with the law. If elected State's Attorney, I will no longer serve in this capacity. Any potential future lawsuits against the Village of Lakemoor or its police commission would not automatically involve a conflict of interest. Keep in mind, I do not represent the Village of Lakemoor, only its police commission. If there are any future cases that have even the appearance of a conflict, I would not be involved in those cases.
J E Hall August 03, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Why do all public forums become personal attacks and dirty deeds? Mr Nerheim has experience on both the prosecutor and defense sides. He is fair in ALL his actions. It is not necessary to SLAM either candidate to have a discussion of facts. Mr Nerheim has never used negative campaigning and does not FIT into the preceived PARTY mold. I feel some have commented before seeking to know BOTH sides of the aisle. Please seek information and facts before you cast your vote. Wouldn't you want to be an informed voter?
Bonita August 03, 2012 at 10:12 PM
This blog is a perfect example of Mike Nerheim’s ability to respond thoroughly, swiftly and intelligently! He is far and away the BETTER candidate! This man has always been on the ball, at the forefront, fair, kind and smart. Add to the fact that his reputation is STELLAR as a family man, a community man, and a person we can trust. He has nothing to do with the past problems in the State’s Attorney’s office! In fact, he has a detailed plan to address these problems. He has become an expert in DNA evidence, and will use this expertise to prevent future DNA problems. His work with gang prevention and sponsorship of teen-age court demonstrates his community commitment. I wish I had this man’s energy!
Katherine August 05, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Understanding of the DNA evidence was not the problem in the States Attorneys office. The Offices chose who was guilty and then looked for evidence. That was the problem. It refused to look at evidence that did not prove their theory. Lots of Attorneys have left the States Attorney Office and taught DNA evidence usage. Again, the problem was not and is not being an expert in DNA evidence. It is being willing and able to take this and any evidence where it leads, not leading it as Waller has done. What exactly is the criteria for an "expert in DNA evidence" in the legal field? I do believe it relates to the scientist who has studied and presents the actual evidence in court - not the lawyers who hire them to testify as EXPERTS. Chris Kennedy, the other Candidate for States Attorney, has taught the same class on DNA evidence that Mike teaches.
Nightcrawler August 05, 2012 at 07:29 PM
And that was Waller's fault, Kathy, not Mike's. You are wrong for trying to confuse the two or incinuate one had anything to do with the other. Completely misleading on your part.
justpassin August 13, 2012 at 03:14 PM
It is also misleading to hold yourself out as a DNA expert, when you have no experience in admitting DNA evidence at trial or understanding of how to do so.
Mike Nerheim August 13, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I have experience in prosecuting with DNA, defending with DNA, and teaching DNA. I have not referred to myself as an "expert" in this area. I have completed hundreds of trials and successfully introduced many different types of evidence, including DNA. One specific example of a case in which I introduced DNA at a trial is the People of the State of Illinois v. Larry Crumb. In that case I used DNA in a prosecution for Criminal Sexual Assault and Unlawful Restraint. Thanks to that evidence and the courageous testimony of the victim in that case, the defendant is currently in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Those directing you to write in should keep you better informed.
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