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La Salle County Grand Jury Indicted former State’s Attorney Brian Towne on 17 Counts –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On September 5, 2017


According to articles in MYWEBTIMES and the NEWS-TRIBUNE, former LaSalle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne was indicted late this afternoon by a LaSalle County Grand Jury.

Reports indicate the indictment consists of 17 Counts of Official Misconduct and Misapplication of Public Funds.

Thirteen of the charges indicate Official Misconduct and 4 indicate Misapplication of Public Funds. All are considered Felonies if convicted and punishable by probation or prison. Towne will not be arrested, ut will be sent a list of charges he must defend, and a court date.

Towne lost his bid for reelection in a highly contentious race to Karen Donnelly, and Towne then went to work for the Illinois Appellate Prosecutor’s Office.

Earlier this year the Illinois Supreme Court upheld the Appellate Court’s decision declaring Towne’s State’s Attorney Drug Enforcement (“SAFE”) unit as operating without legal authority.

Read our previous articles on Towne (here).



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  • Over Taxed
    Posted at 23:24h, 05 September

    Please tell me how the appellate prosecutors office hires someone with this kind of cloud hanging over them? Maybe we should start publish their names and the fact that they are unqualified to hire employees in their office. Are we even sure they are qualified to be a prosecutor? I’m so tired of this!

  • ChrisMars
    Posted at 13:04h, 06 September

    Its almost bitter sweet because the party’s involved were from out of town. This is nothing new in this county. For years the local residents have dealt with this “misconduct”, not only from the courts, but also from the local police departments but it was never addressed and always swept under a rug. I’m just wondering if they will be looking into all the cases that were prosecuted here. I’m pretty sure they will find that many were wrongfully arrested, charged and prosecuted, especially against local residents.

  • constantino Perales
    Posted at 18:36h, 14 September

    Good observation. As the “Joker” said in the Batman movie, ” What this county needs is a good enema.