Danielle M. Pascucci
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY
I have been a dedicated, loyal public servant to the people of Lake County, Illinois as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office for over 21 years. Serving in this role has afforded me the opportunity to learn and grow in helping to serve justice for my fellow citizens of Lake County. As a prosecutor all these years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. I‘ve also learned that no two cases are alike, even if the facts are similar. This has taught me the importance of evaluating each and every case on its own merit. I’ve used this experience to judge the credibility of witnesses, assess the strengths and weaknesses in every case I handle, negotiate them appropriately; take the case to trial or dismiss them, if justice requires. My decisions have not always been popular, but I’m known for being incredibly fair and consistent in my application of the law as a prosecutor. I have tried numerous cases from murder, arson, sexual assault, home invasion, attempted murder, drug delivery and property crimes, to domestic violence, reckless homicide and aggravated battery cases before judges and juries. I value each member of the courtroom and the important role they play in the legal system, and always show this in the professional and respectful manner in which I interact with everyone.
I’m a hard worker and very driven, having put myself through college and law school without any financial assistance from family or friends. I’m always eager to learn and will ask advice of others as needed, as I know there is always value in getting multiple perspectives in any given complex situation. I balance my career with my home life, being a single parent to a teenage daughter.
Through my years of experience as an Assistant State’s Attorney, a parent, and an active resident of Lake County, I feel that I possess the traits that are important to serve on the bench as a Circuit Judge. I’ve been complemented by colleagues as having integrity, maturity, intelligence, loyalty, temperament and a passion for justice and the law. My life and experiences, both personal and professional, have given me the tools I feel necessary to prepare me for the role of Circuit Judge. If chosen, it’s a role that I would take seriously and proudly, and I’d do my very best to represent the good people of Lake County serving the 19th Judicial Circuit.