A statement from State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally:
Kenneally’s Top Three Initiatives as State’s Attorney
1) Address Heroin and Opioid Addiction
As a result of a nearly 700% increase in production by Mexican drug cartels and the over-prescription of opioid based painkillers, heroin use and distribution in McHenry County has become scourge that is
devastating families in our community.
As your State’s Attorney, I will establish a Countywide Opioid Task Force that will be focused on several initiatives to help combat this growing problem:
- Reduce the stigmas that deter victims of opioid and heroin addiction from seeking treatment
- Put the heroin overdose drug Narcan is in the hands of every law enforcement officer countywide
- Coordinate effective drug prevention and education activities
- Improve the availability of treatment and aftercare resources
The Task Force will be composed of leaders in law enforcement, healthcare, education, as well as local churches and elected officials. It is my firm belief that by driving this task force, as a community e can turn the tables on this growing epidemic.
2) Ensure Convictions of Repeat DUI Offenders
We continue to see improvements in the prosecution of drunk drivers. However, repeat offenders have learned how to avoid prosecution by refusing a Breathalyzer test, which decreases the likelihood of a successful DUI prosecution.
As your State’s Attorney, I will launch an initiative in cooperation with local hospitals and law enforcement to streamline the warrant process, thereby enabling investigating officers, with the assistance of medical professionals, to draw the blood of DUI suspects who refuse to submit to a Breathalyzer. This will allow us to increase convictions and reduce the potential for repeat offenders to harm themselves and others on the road.
3) Collaborate with Local Police to Reduce Crime
The State’s Attorney’s Office must work hand-in-hand with law enforcement to take on crime as well as
identify and attack its underlying causes. As your State’s Attorney, I will work collaboratively with our local Police Departments to ensure that our partnership with law enforcement is based on open communication, respect, and trust.
In order to help lower crime and improve our conviction rate, I am committed to working with law enforcement to streamline methods for approving felony charges. I will also work to expand and improve training opportunities available to local law enforcement related to testifying in court, legal reviews and evidence collection techniques.
By fostering a collaborative environment between the State’s Attorney’s Office and local law enforcement, I believe that we can help improve the safety and security of the good people of McHenry County.