States Attorney

On behalf of the staff and attorneys of the Effingham County State’s Attorney Office, I want to welcome you to our website. Our goal is to provide you with valuable information and help to explain the role this office plays in the criminal justice system, as well as our role in representing county government and county officials. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

As your State’s Attorney, my job is to keep our communities safe, prosecute those that commit criminal offenses, and protect the rights of victims. I welcome your input. By working together, we can best achieve our goal of reducing crime and ensuring Effingham County is a safe place to live, work and raise a family. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Effingham County.

The Victim/Witness Advocate at the Effingham County State’s Attorney’s Office provides assistance to crime victims. The Victim/Witness Advocate is available to answer questions about the criminal process, to attend court proceedings with victims, and to act as liaisons between victims and the attorneys within the State’s Attorney’s Office. Victim/Witness Advocate also may direct victims to counseling services, victim’s compensation programs, and other resources as needed.

The Victim/Witness Advocate also serve as witness coordinators for hearings and trials. If you have a question or concern about being a witness in a trial, contact the Victim/Witness Advocate for more information.

Call the Victim/Witness Advocate at (217)347-7741 or email if you have questions about:

  • Conditions of pretrial release after an arrest has been made on your case
  • The status of your case
  • Restitution
  • Victim’s compensation programs
  • Having the Victim/Witness Advocate attend court with you
  • Updating your phone number and/or address
  • Subpoenas for criminal cases

The Effingham County State’s Attorney’s Office is staffed by Assistant State’s Attorneys, a Victim/Witness Advocate, and a variety of support personnel.

Internships and Job Shadowing
The Effingham County State’s Attorney’s Office has many internships available, from opportunities for qualified high school and undergraduate students interested in a career in law, to school-year and summer internships for qualified law students.

Applying for a Position
All parties interested in employment, an internship, or job shadowing within the Effingham County State’s Attorney’s Office, please send a cover letter and resume to:

Aaron C. Jones, State’s Attorney
Effingham County State’s Attorney’s Office
120 W. Jefferson Ave., Suite 201
Effingham, IL 62401
Phone: (217)347-7741
Fax: (217)342-6308

Click here to view current employment opportunities.

Purpose: The State’s Attorney is elected by the residents of Effingham County for a term of 4 years. The State’s Attorney prosecutes Illinois state law criminal violations that occur within the County. The State’s Attorney also serves as legal advisor to Effingham County officials and agencies including the County Board, and represents and advises Effingham County in civil litigation.

Office and staff: The State’s Attorney’s Office is located at 120 W. Jefferson Ave., Suite 201, Effingham, Illinois. The Office employs 8 full time staff and 0 part time staff.

Budget: The State’s Attorney’s Office operating budget for FY2024 is $729,762.00

Boards: There are no boards, commissions, committees or councils that operate in an advisory capacity relative to the operation of the State’s Attorney’s Office or that exercise control over its policies and procedures or to which it is required to report and be answerable for its operations.

Members of the public may make requests for inspection or for copies of the office’s public records under FOIA, 5 ILCS 140/1 et seq. Public records may be requested by in writing, identifying the particular record or records needed, to:

Freedom of Information Officer
Effingham County State’s Attorney’s Office
120 W. Jefferson Ave., Suite 201
Effingham, IL 62401

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests must include the requester’s name and contact information as well as a description of the record(s) requested. FOIA provides that some records are exempt from inspection and copying.

The fee for black and white copies is 15 cents per page after the first 50 pages. Additional charges may apply to color copies, non-standard size copies, and discs or other recording media. Additional charges apply to commercial requests and voluminous record requests. Requests made for a commercial purpose must disclose that fact in the request.