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Rock announces candidacy for Ogle County State's Attorney

Ogle County State's Attorney Michael Rock announced Tuesday that he will run for his current post next year.

He announced his intention to run in the 2014 March Republican primary to a crowd of approximately 25 well-wishers who gathered on the front steps of the Ogle County Courthouse.

"It is fitting that I announce my plans here since this is where it all began for me back in 1994 when I began my Ogle County prosecutorial career," he said. "I could not have imagined I would be here more than 19 years later a veteran of approximately 40 jury trials, hundreds of bench trials, and innumerable contested hearings."

Rock, 46, was serving as the first assistant state's attorney when he was appointed by the county board Jan. 15 to fill the first two years of the unexpired four-year term of state's attorney Ben Roe, 37, who resigned the post to accept an appointment as a circuit judge.

Roe had served as state's attorney since 2004 and was re-elected to another term last Nov. 6, two days before the Illinois Supreme Court appointed him to the bench to replace retiring judge Michael Mallon.

Rock is running for the last two years of Roe's term.

The general election will be held Nov. 4, 2014.

Rock served as an Ogle County Assistant State's Attorney from March of 1994 to June of 2000. He was in private practice in Rockford for the 10 and one-half years until he returned to the state's attorneys office in December of 2010.

Formerly a resident of Poplar Grove, Rock and his wife and their three children recently moved to Byron.

"Since being appointed by the Ogle County Board's unanimous 24-0 vote, I have continued my vision of a fair but firm prosecutor, who believes in seeking stiff penalties for violent and repeat offenders while also utilizing diversion programs when appropriate," Rock said. "I have filled our open prosecutor positions with experienced attorneys, giving the office the most cumulative experience it has had in decades.

"It is important to me that the residents of Ogle County know that my door is open to any member of the public who wants to discuss any aspect of what our office does and to ask questions about pending public matters."

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