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Former Will County prosecutor uncertain about judge candidacy

Dan Walsh[]

JOLIET – A former Will County prosecutor who claimed he resigned from the state’s attorney’s office so he could focus on his campaign for circuit judge now says he’s not even sure he’s going to run at all.

Dan Walsh, who resigned from the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office earlier this month, said Tuesday that he’s not sure whether he’ll run for judge but will decide before Dec. 5, the day after candidate petitions are due.

Walsh said his uncertainty was based on a “couple of reasons” but named time as the only one.

“Just time is basically it. I just don’t know if I’m going to have time to commit,” Walsh said.

On Oct. 17, Walsh tendered his resignation from the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office to “pursue other opportunities.”

“I served the citizens for 13 years as a prosecutor and hope that being in private practice will make me a more well-rounded candidate,” Walsh said in an email to The Herald-News.

In his resignation letter, Walsh stated he was resigning to also focus on his campaign. He recently opened his own legal firm called Law Offices of Daniel M. Walsh at 58 N. Chicago St.

Walsh’s campaign website is down. He said he took it down after his campaign continued to receive donations through it while he was uncertain about his candidacy.

According to Walsh’s campaign website, he put almost 20 murderers behind bars during his career and is a lifelong resident of Will County with family roots dating back to 1840.

Walsh grew up in Elwood. He attended St. Joseph Grade School in Manhattan, Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Joliet Junior College, Illinois State University and John Marshall Law School, according to his website.

He lives with his wife, Lauren Walsh, a former victim witness advocate with the county prosecutor’s office, and children in Manhattan.