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Meet State's Attorney Jim Rowe




Jim Rowe was elected State's Attorney of Kankakee County in 2016.  At the time of his election as State's Attorney, Jim served as General Counsel to a number of municipalities and townships throughout Kankakee County.  Prior to that, he was a prosecutor and later maintained a private practice in Kankakee, Illinois, where today he calls home.  

Jim is licensed to practice law before the Illinois Supreme Court and the 7th Circuit United States Court of Appeals, trial-bar certified by the United States District Federal Courts, and admitted to the roll of attorneys of the United States Supreme Court.  He is a licensed adjudication judge, and a 40-hour certified Sexual Assault Crisis Interventionist and  40-hour certified Domestic Violence Crisis Interventionist.  

Jim is a graduate of DePaul University and DePaul University College of Law.  Currently, he serves in leadership and volunteer roles with a number of organizations, including Kankakee-Iroquois Human Trafficking Taskforce, Harbor House domestic violence shelter, Clove (formerly Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault), Kankakee County Jaycees, and the Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School Academic Foundation.  He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association, and the Kankakee County Bar Association, and has served as a Policy Board Member of the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG) since 2016.  In 2021, Jim was appointed by the Governor of Illinois to serve upon the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.  


The State's Attorney is the Chief Legal Officer of the county he or she represents, charged with representing the State in all criminal prosecutions, defending the county and providing legal counsel to the county board.

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