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Will County State's Attorney Jim Glasgow Gets Opponent

JOLIET, IL — Will County State's Attorney Jim Glasgow is asking the voters to re-elect him to a seventh term of office in November's election. On Wednesday, Joliet private practice lawyer Rick Munoz told Joliet Patch he will be running as the Republican candidate. Munoz said he plans to unseat Glasgow, calling the long-time state's attorney a major disappointment amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Munoz said Glasgow has been largely invisible during the pandemic. Meanwhile, numerous local small businesses across Will County have sustained economic ruin amid Gov. J.B. Pritzker's executive order forcing bars, sit-down restaurants, hair salons, health clubs, barbershops, jewelry stores and a host of others to remain off-limits to walk-in traffic the past three months, Munoz said.

"The biggest thing, honestly, is the shutdown," Munoz told Joliet Patch's editor Wednesday. "The governor had only 30 days of emergency power." Munoz said that Glasgow should

have been working with Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley letting the governor know that the Illinois State Police would not be arresting people in Will County if small local businesses choose to stay open and defy Pritzker's order to keep Illinois businesses closed during the pandemic.

Munoz also said that Glasgow is a no-show at the Will County Courthouse.

"He's absent," Munoz said. "He doesn't come to the courthouse. He's completely absent when you're talking about people's rights. And with the continued shutdown, he should have been telling (businesses) they had a right to be open. There's no need to be going through these phases."

Munoz told Patch he is working with Will County GOP Chairman George Pearson to obtain the necessary petition signatures to be on the Republican ballot for November.

Munoz assured Patch he will submit more than enough signatures so voters have a choice when deciding who will be their Will County State's Attorney these next four years.

Pearson told Patch on Wednesday that Munoz needs to submit at least 597 valid signatures by June 1. Pearson said they plan to obtain at least 1,000 signatures. "If we get 1,000, we'll be good," Pearson said.

When Patch asked Pearson if Munoz has what it takes to defeat Glasgow, one of Will County's most recognized elected officials, the GOP chairman answered, "absolutely." "Rick is a man of integrity and a vision for the law that has been missing in Will County for the last 16 years," Pearson said. Regarding Glasgow, "it's definitely time for him to go," Pearson added.

Patch called Glasgow's director of public affairs, Carole Cheney, on Wednesday seeking Glasgow's reaction to the criticisms being leveled against him by Munoz.

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By John Ferak, Patch Staff
May 27, 2020 6:01 pm CT|Updated May 28, 2020 11:05 am CT

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