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Mike Nerheim for State's Attorney. Bringing Respect and Pride to Lake County

Mike Nerheim is running for Lake County State's Attorney and vows to restore respect and pride to the Office. The athletes from Lake County, Illinois and Team USA serve as inspiration.

As Lake County citizens join the rest of the world to watch exceptional athletes compete in London at the 2012 Olympics, it serves as a reminder of the importance of family, fairness and the reward of hard work--all ideals of great importance to me. 

There are several local athletes representing the United States at the games, and my family and I are cheering them on from right here in Lake County, including: 

  • Tamika Catchings, former Stevenson High School student (Basketball)
  • Conor Dwyer, Wilmette (Swimming)
  • Matt Grevers, Lake Forest (Swimming)
  • Christina Loukas, Riverwoods (Diving)
  • Jillian Schwartz, former Lake Forest High School student competed for U.S. in 2004 and now on Israeli team (Pole Vault) 

See photos:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/24/illinois-olympic-athletes_n_1699222.html#slide=1273355  

These Olympic athletes have trained for years. They have committed themselves to their sports, their individual goals and to represent their country on the world stage. The athletes remind us that we all can succeed and even exceed our own expectations. We can always do better, be faster, stronger, more prepared, more helpful, more caring. 

In my career as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, I have seen and experienced first hand the challenges people can overcome simply by being inspired by positive role models. This is especially true for troubled teens, where a strong family and community support system can make so much difference for our kids, our families and our community.   

As we continue to watch the Olympic athletes over the next few weeks, we should all be inspired and motivated to do better at whatever it is we are committed to as athletes, as individuals, and as citizens. I know that as I watch and cheer on our Lake County and Team USA athletes, I will be further inspired to run a positive campaign and restore pride to the Lake County State's Attorney's Office. 

Please join me in cheering on our athletes. And join me in the effort to bring positive change to the office of Lake County State's Attorney. Join our team, and help us ensure a win in November.  

Have you seen our Olympic themed spot on TV during the games?

Watch it here on YouTube:    http://youtu.be/AwNyHZ2ek-U

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justpassin August 13, 2012 at 03:14 PM
It is also misleading to hold yourself out as a DNA expert, when you have no experience in admitting DNA evidence at trial or understanding of how to do so.
Mike Nerheim August 13, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I have experience in prosecuting with DNA, defending with DNA, and teaching DNA. I have not referred to myself as an "expert" in this area. I have completed hundreds of trials and successfully introduced many different types of evidence, including DNA. One specific example of a case in which I introduced DNA at a trial is the People of the State of Illinois v. Larry Crumb. In that case I used DNA in a prosecution for Criminal Sexual Assault and Unlawful Restraint. Thanks to that evidence and the courageous testimony of the victim in that case, the defendant is currently in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Those directing you to write in should keep you better informed.
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