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Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon will not seek reelection

McMahon recounts 10 years in office, pursuing 'justice without fear or favor'

Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon
Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon announced today that he will not seek election to a third term in November 2020.

McMahon, a Republican, will have served 10 years as state’s attorney by then, having been appointed in 2010, elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2012, both times unopposed.

In a letter, McMahon stated he met with staff earlier in the day to share his decision not to run again.

“I wanted to serve as state’s attorney because I believe in public service and that as state’s attorney, I could have a positive impact on the lives of people who live and work in Kane County,” McMahon’s letter stated.

“My job as the chief legal and law enforcement officer for the county has been to seek justice. Sometimes, that meant pursuing severe penalties for severe crimes and sometimes it meant offering second chances to good people who made poor choices,” McMahon’s letter stated.

“Justice is not an exact science and what seems heavy-handed to some may seem lenient to others. Regardless, I, along with my dedicated staff of lawyers and administrative professionals, have pursued justice without fear or favor.”

McMahon wrote that whoever his successor may be, he or she will inherit “a well-run, professional office full of dedicated attorneys and staff.”

“It is my hope that my successor maintains the integrity, professionalism and commitment to justice that has been so important to me and my colleagues over the last 10 years,” McMahon wrote. “The citizens of Kane County deserve no less.”

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