The McHenry County state’s attorney has been awarded “State’s Attorney of the Year” by the United Hellenic Voters of America as the state’s attorney touts “record low” crime in McHenry County.
The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office announced Monday that state’s attorney Patrick Kenneally received the award of State’s Attorney of the Year from The Supreme Board of the United Hellenic Voters of America.
The United Hellenic Voters of America is a nationally recognized organization that “champions the values of justice, integrity, and public service” within the Greek-American community in the Chicago metropolitan area.
The organization hosts an awards gala each year where they identify individuals who have made significant contributions to their professions and recognize them with awards.
Kenneally’s office said he has consistently demonstrated his “unwavering commitment to his role and the pursuit of justice.”
The state’s attorney has tried to verdict over 100 criminal cases.
His office said he “tirelessly” advocates for the rights of the citizens of McHenry County to ensure their safety and well-being.
The annual gala was held last weekend and several Chicago-area state attorneys, including Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart, attended and won service awards.
Kenneally said he has implemented initiatives to enhance public safety, promote fairness in the criminal justice system and address the needs of crime victims.
“In the midst of the pandemic, Kenneally stood up against regulatory and executive overreach by refusing to prosecute orders dictating the closing of indoor dining,” the state’s attorney’s office said in a statement.
The state’s attorney was recognized for the recent and historic prosecution of the DCFS caseworker who mishandled investigations before the murder of 5-year-old AJ Freund in Crystal Lake.
“The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office applauds Patrick Kenneally’s outstanding achievements and exceptional leadership, which have earned him this well-deserved recognition,” the office said in the statement.
Kenneally also touted McHenry County’s achievement in curbing crime rates, with crime levels hitting a “historic low” in 2021.
Data from the Illinois State Police shows McHenry County is the safest county in Illinois with a population exceeding 100,000 and the second safest county with a population exceeding 50,000, the state’s attorney said.