Fewer cases filed, more child support recovered in Kane
By Dan Campana For The Beacon-News February 5, 2013 2:40PM
Updated: March 7, 2013 6:39AM
ST. CHARLES — Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon cited a pair of statistics going in opposite directions to highlight positive trends from 2012.
In particular, McMahon noted fewer case filings in the criminal division across the five general areas used to classify crimes: felony, misdemeanor, DUI, domestic violence and juvenile.
“It’s continuing with the trend we’ve seen the last few years,” he said, noting the numbers reflect a similar pattern seen across the region and nationwide.
McMahon previously lauded the work of police and community groups in Kane’s urban centers for a reduction of violent crimes, including gang shootings. Kane County went without a gang-related murder in 2012, while Aurora reported no murders last year and Elgin’s crime rate came in at a 40-year-low, McMahon explained.
“That’s certainly an encouraging trend for all of us,” he added, speaking of Elgin.
Specifically, Kane County prosecutors filed 2,650 felony, 5,584 misdemeanor, 1,586 DUI, 1,221 domestic violence and 747 juvenile cases in 2012.
Meanwhile, the child support division received 1,200 new referrals and collected a total of $21.9 million in unpaid child support, an increase of $2.6 million from 2011, McMahon said.
The office pulled in $17.7 million in unpaid support in 2010.
Also at the briefing, McMahon again gave credit to his team of prosecutors and Aurora police investigators for their work that led to a pair of convictions in two cold case double murders. Jaime Diaz and Michael Reyes each face mandatory life sentences after juries found them guilty of murders from the 1990s. The two cases were unrelated.
McMahon praised the efforts of Aurora investigators Mike Nilles, John Munn, Greg Spayth and James Fanscali for their continued efforts to solve the 1993 murders of Juan and Francisco Montoya and the 1998 slayings of Brendon Anderson and Elias Calcano. McMahon also thanked his assistants, Greg Sams, Jody Gleason, Deb Lang and Alex Bederka, as well as former Kane prosecutor Sal LoPiccolo, for their work to secure guilty verdicts since charges were filed against Reyes in 2007 and Diaz in 2008.