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Judge Jessica Colón-Sayre: Why I’m So Committed to Protecting Our Kids and Our Community

As a mother of two young children, whose brother was taken from her by gun violence, Judge Jessica understands the need to protect us from the most violent criminals.

JOLIET – Judge Jessica Colón-Sayre, candidate for Will County Circuit Judge, released the following statement on the importance of protecting children and families across Will County:

“We must protect our families from the worst criminals out there. Fighting for our families and their safety is why I am where I am today. It’s why I became a prosecutor and why I’m a judge now.

“My dear brother was shot and killed when I was in law school. It took too long to find justice for my brother, my family, and me.

“I committed myself to prosecuting those who perpetrated the worst crimes imaginable. Before becoming a judge, I spent my time in the Will County State’s Attorney’s office, bringing murderers, child predators, and others behind bars so that they could not hurt another family – like one had hurt mine. And as a judge, everyone who comes before me knows I’m fair and I’m tough.

“As a working mother, I know how dangerous the world around us is today. With everything going on in the news, there are times I feel concerned about sending my kids to school in the morning. That’s why we need a judiciary that will keep us safe.

“If elected, I will keep politics out of the courtroom and do everything I can to protect law-abiding citizens and keep our communities safe.”

Judge Colón-Sayre is running to replace retiring judge Michael J. Powers. She is the only candidate in this race to be Recommended by the Illinois State Bar Association, 2022, and has been overwhelmingly endorsed by the law enforcement community, including the Will County Deputies Union Fraternal Order of Police Chapter 738; the Joliet Fraternal Order of Police; the Steger Fraternal Order of Police; the Metropolitan Alliance of Police Chapter 4 (Bolingbrook); the Joliet Black Police Officers Association; Robert Brown, former Chief of Police, Joliet Police Department; Chief Brian Brucato, Momence Police Department; Chief Fred Hayes, Elwood Police Department; Chief Scott Koerner, Monee Police Department; Chief Bill Mort, Peotone Police Department; Chief Scott S. Pieritz, Crete Police Department; Chief Gregory D. Smith, Steger Police Department; Chief Jeff Wold, Manhattan Police Department; Deputy Chief Dan Jungles, Will County Sheriff's Department; Deputy Chief Carlos Matlock, Joliet Police Department; Lieutenant Moises Avila, Dayshift Watch Commander, Joliet Police Department; Detective Sergeant Tizoc Landeros, Investigations Division, Joliet Police Department; and Sergeant Shawn Stachelski, Evidence Supervisor, Joliet Police Department.

Judge Colón-Sayre was appointed to be an associate judge by a bipartisan group of Circuit Judges in 2014. Since then, she has presided over court calls involving ordinance and traffic violations, family law, and criminal law cases. Before serving as a judge, Judge Colón-Sayre served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Will County for more than a decade. She prosecuted homicides, sex offenses, burglaries, robberies, narcotics cases, and more.

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