* Daily Herald…
Having recently gained the national spotlight, Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon confirmed his interest Thursday in a statewide run to become the next Illinois attorney general.
But his final decision will hinge on his ability to do justice to the heavy workload on his docket.
McMahon, a Republican, became state’s attorney in 2010, but it was just this past summer that his name came onto the national media scene for his appointment as a special prosecutor in the Laquan McDonald murder case. McMahon is still knee-deep in that prosecution.
He’s also juggling several pending lawsuits in Kane County, including a potential $60 million judgment involving a drug-treatment center application rejected by the county board.
* I asked the Republican Attorneys General Association for comment. RAGA has been backing Erika Harold’s bid and RAGA spokesman Zack Roday sent me this…
“We’re incredibly excited about the momentum Erika Harold is already showing and the wide range of support she is gathering from Republicans and Democrats alike – all across the state.”
You’ll recall that Peter Roskam was the only Republican Congressman to not endorse Erika Harold this week. He told the Tribune he was waiting to see what McMahon did.
* In March, Mother Jones magazine took a look at McMahon’s unique prosecution of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke…
Van Dyke was indicted by a grand jury earlier this month on 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm—one count, apparently, for each bullet he fired at McDonald. Van Dyke had previously been indicted on charges of first-degree murder and misconduct in office. Special prosecutor Joseph McMahon filed the new indictment—which included the original charges—to replace the first one. […]
(E)ven if jurors find Van Dyke not guilty of murder and not guilty of the battery charges attached to the first few bullets, they could still potentially convict him on battery charges for the later bullets. The prosecutor’s strategy seems tailored to counter the special consideration a police office usually receives in shooting cases: “He’s covering his bases. Doing what a good prosecutor would do.” […]
Milan won’t speculate on how a jury might rule, but he agrees that if the prosecutor’s strategy succeeds, it could easily spread to police shooting cases in other places.