Jerry Brady

Peoria 10th Circuit Court Judge Al Purham stands by his original ruling: The 1970 case involving Cleve Heidelberg must be reinvestigated by the Illinois Attorney General.

"I believe in transparency," Purham said.

That was his final statement in the courtroom Thurs., after hearing arguments from the Peoria County State’s Attorney’s office in defense of his decision not to reopen Heidelberg’s case.

At issue was State’s Attorney Jerry Brady’s personal ties to the trial's lead prosecutor, who Brady contacted before determining not to reopen the case earlier this year.

Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria County State’s Attorney is denying claims that his office has a conflict of interest that taints his ability to rule on a 1970 murder case.

Attorneys representing Cleve Heidleberg filed an amended petition earlier this month requesting a special prosecutor.

They allege in the filing that State’s Attorney Jerry Brady is too closely affiliated with the prosecutor that led the conviction against Heidelberg.

Peoria Police Chief: legal process worked

Apr 25, 2014
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  The Peoria Police Chief and Peoria County State’s Attorney say the process that unfolded around the Twitter parody debacle went just as the law prescribes.

Concealed Carry trainers are beginning to get licensed. But citizens interested in carrying a concealed weapon have until the first of next year before they can apply.

American Mausoleum gets a facelift

May 24, 2013

The Peoria County State’s Attorney says the county remains committed to keeping the American Mausoleum operating properly. The state’s attorney’s office was granted authority to take over the site in the summer of 2008 after the Mausoleum’s previous owner filed for bankruptcy.