The Office of Will County State's Attorney James W. Glasgow provides a Victim and Witness Program to crime victims who reside or were victimized in the County of Will.
Our Victim Advocates will assess needs, explain services, are responsible for informing victims of their rights, providing support during the criminal justice process, may accompany victims to court, and will refer victims to other services when appropriate.
To contact our Victim Advocates with general questions regarding our services, please call: (815) 740-8079
The Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses
The Constitution of the State of Illinois declares that crime victims have certain legal rights. These rights ensure that they are treated with fairness and respect throughout the criminal justice system.
Additionally, the laws which preserve the rights of crime victims also affords certain basic rights and considerations to the witnesses of violent crime--the people who are essential to successful prosecution.
As passed by the Illinois General Assembly, these rights include:
The right to be treated with fairness and respect for their dignity and privacy throughout the criminal justice process
The right to notification of court proceedings
The right to communicate with the prosecution
The right to make a statement to the court at sentencing
The right to information about the conviction, sentence, imprisonment, and release of the accused
The right to timely disposition of the case following the arrest of the accused
The right to be reasonably protected from the accused throughout the criminal justice process
The right to be present at the trial and all other court proceedings on the same basis as the accused, unless the victim is to testify and the court determines that the victim's testimony would be materially affected if the victim hears other testimony at the trial
The right to have present at all court proceedings, subject to the rules of evidence, an advocate or other support person of the victim's choice
The right to restitution
Illinois Crime Victim Compensation Program
The Crime Victim Compensation Act was established by the Illinois General Assembly in 1973 with the primary goal of helping to reduce the financial burden imposed on victims of violent crime and their families. The Illinois Crime Victim Compensation Program can provide innocent victims and their families with up to $27,000 in financial assistance for expenses accrued as a result of a violent crime.
|What are considered violent crimes?
Who is a crime victim?
What expenses can be covered?
How much compensation does the law provide?
Total compensation may not exceed $27,000 per incident/per victim. No compensation is available for lost or damaged property (except as listed) or for pain and suffering. In certain instances, applicants may be eligible for an emergency award of up to $2,000 for covered expenses.
Applicants for Crime Victim Compensation must first exhaust other reasonable remedies including health insurance, Medicare, Workers Compensation, etc. Applications must be filed within two years from the date of the crime.
For more information, contact:
Illinois Attorney General
Crime Victims Compensation Bureau
100 W. Randolph Street, 13th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
If you would like to request a Victim’s Compensation Act Form, contact the
Will County State’s Attorney’s Victim & Witness Services at (815) 740-8079
or the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.