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  Birkett, Joe
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NameJoe Birkett
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, Illinois , United States
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Born February 13, 1955 (66 years)
ContributorCOSDem
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Jan 14, 2017 02:56am
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InfoJoseph E. Birkett grew up on Chicago?s West Side along with his nine brothers and sisters. His father died when Joe was just thirteen years old but with the strength and guidance of his mother, the entire family worked hard to pull through the tough times.

Following his graduation from St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School, Joe attended St. Phillip High School in Chicago which closed in 1970 after his freshman year. Joe then accepted a football scholarship from Aurora Central Catholic where he went on to become the Team Captain and Most Valuable Player. He was also named to the National Honor Society for his academic excellence. Joe accepted another football scholarship from North Central College in Naperville where he again was voted the Team Captain. During his college days, Joe won the Chicago Golden Gloves and Chicago Park District Light-Heavyweight Boxing Championships. In 1977, Joe graduated with honors, earning Degrees in Political Science and English.

Joe married his high school sweetheart Patti Hill who helped him finance his law school tuition while she worked at AT&T Bell Labs. While at John Marshall Law School, Joe placed first in the Intramural Moot Court Competition and was named to the school?s Constitutional Moot Court Team. Joe received his Law Degree in 1981 and was admitted to the Illinois Bar later that same year.

Joe became an Assistant State?s Attorney in DuPage County in October 1981 and advanced rapidly through the Criminal Division. In 1985, he was promoted to Chief of the Major Crimes Unit, prosecuting drug delivery cases. The next year Joe was named Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. He served from 1991 until October of 1996 as the Chief of the Criminal Division, supervising more than fifty prosecutors, ten investigators, victim/witness advocates, law clerks and paralegals. He has tried over one hundred felony cases to verdict including death penalty jury trials.

On October 1, 1996, Joe was sworn in as DuPage County State?s Attorney, completing the unexpired term of Jim Ryan who was elected Illinois DuPage County State's Attorney, and Anthony Peccarelli who was appointed State?s Attorney in January of 1995. One month later, Joe was elected to the position for a four-year term, and in November of 2000 he was re-elected for another four-year term.

Joe is a teacher, a frequent lecturer across the nation, and an award-winning administrator. He has been responsible for initiating policy and procedures and for training junior prosecutors. Throughout his career, Joe has received numerous awards and commendations for prosecutorial excellence from State?s Attorneys, law enforcement agencies and victims. He is a Past President of the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation, and is also a member of the American and DuPage County Bar Associations, DuPage American Inns of Court, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, the Illinois House of Representatives Capital Punishment Task Force, the Illinois Governor?s Criminal Code Rewrite Commission and is an adjunct faculty member at National Louis University in Wheaton.

Joe donates time to coaching basketball, boxing and baseball. He and his wife Patti have been residents of DuPage County for twenty-two years. They live in Wheaton with their two children and are members of St. Daniel?s Church.







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Jul 22, 2009 01:00pm General Killer To Admit to Nicarico Murder  Article RP 
Jun 18, 2008 01:00pm News [Joe] Birkett may try again for state office in 2010  Article COSDem 
Jan 29, 2006 02:00pm Press Release On DNA, Rod Walks Away And So Do Rapists And Murderers [IL GOV]  Article COSDem 

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  11/06/2012 Appellate Court Judge Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/04/2008 DuPage County State's Attorney Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/2006 IL Lt. Governor Lost 39.27% (-10.55%)
  03/21/2006 IL Lt. Governor- R Primary Won 50.63% (+20.67%)
  11/02/2004 DuPage County State's Attorney Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/05/2002 IL Attorney General Lost 47.10% (-3.29%)
  03/19/2002 IL Attorney General - R Primary Won 64.04% (+28.09%)
ENDORSEMENTS
IL Governor - R Primary - Feb 02, 2010 R Jim Ryan
IL US President - R Primary - Feb 05, 2008 R Rudy Giuliani
IL US Senate - R Primary - Feb 05, 2008 R Steven Sauerberg
IL Attorney General - R Primary - Mar 21, 2006 R Stewart J. Umholtz
IL Governor - R Primary - Mar 21, 2006 R Judy Baar Topinka