To the Editor:
Juanita and I and many others support Rick Amato for DeKalb County State's Attorney for the following reasons: Rick is a lifetime student, attorney, owner and manager of his law office, experienced working in the State's Attorney Office, husband, father, and family man who understands the law and how the administration of the law for the people affects and benefits our community.
Rick will shorten and expedite the prosecution and pleading-out of misdemeanor cases to minimize court, criminal, and jail exposure for first-time offenders who plead guilty to a misdemeanor, pay the fine, and end exposure to more criminals in the system who deserve to be there.
Some court cases processed belong in municipal adjudication proceedings, such as exist in Sycamore, Genoa, and DeKalb, freeing the state's attorney to focus on apprehension, prosecution, and sentencing of the felonious criminals.
Law enforcement endorses Rick as a law-and-order “top cop” who will go after the worst offenders and deal fairly with those who make a misdemeanor mistake, admit guilt, pay a fine, and go on their way. Rick knows less exposure to courts, jails, and criminals means less chance a young person will crime as a lifestyle.
Publicity around the Ridulph murder case leaves us in wonder how the current state's attorney knows more about it than five law enforcement agencies from Sycamore to Seattle, sworn eyewitness and other testimony, jailhouse cellmate testimony, a bench conviction and sentence, and the sentence upheld by a three-judge Appellate Court panel.
People question, does the county's legal system work for the people or work for the “party.” Rick has maintained a campaign of ideas and has not demeaned his opponent. That leaves the voter with what Rick brings to the job and not recounting the opponent's lack of experience, management, prosecution, and execution in the office.
Every room Ken enters these days is full of people younger than he. The city of Sycamore is full of talented professionals who will continue the success of Team Sycamore, so no regrets about leaving the office. Rick Amato is one of those professionals who bring more energy, work ethic, professionalism, law experience, local knowledge, and dedication to public service for the office he seeks.
When we hire Rick Amato to improve the DeKalb County State Attorney's Office we will not regret it.
Please join us in voting for Rick Amato for DeKalb County State's Attorney on Nov. 8.
Ken & Juanita Mundy