DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin did not handle the Nicarico case, but said it weighs heavily on him and everyone else who works with victims of child abuse, and the families of children who have been murdered.
Ground has been broken for the new Jeanine Nicarico Advocacy Center in Wheaton.
Next month, DuPage County plans to begin building a new $5 million facility where police will investigate crimes against children.
Suburban prosecutors say they are satisfied that it is now a lot more difficult for someone to be wrongfully convicted of a crime than it was years ago.
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a bill abolishing the death penalty in Illinois, and many people are angry that inmates on death row will now live.
The father of 10-year-old Jeanine Nicarico, who was raped and murdered in 1983, said he was “disgusted” but not surprised that Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation ending the death penalty and commuted the sentence of his daughter’s killer to life in prison.
The father of the murdered 10-year-old Jeanine Nicarico of Naperville says he believes a repeal of the death penalty in Illinois would be wrong.
Joe Birkett has stepped down as DuPage County state’s attorney. Friday was his last day on the job. Next week he will be sworn in as an Illinois appellate justice.
The memory of the 10-year-old Naperville girl will be honored when the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office opens a new, larger facility for bringing to justice those who commit crimes against kids.