Long-time Kankakee County prosecutor Pentuic fired

September 19, 2018

KANKAKEE — Longtime Kankakee County prosecutor Ed Pentuic was fired Sept. 7.

Pentuic had been with the office for 23 years trying criminal cases, including 24 murder trials.

“I’ve been honored serving the county for 23 years and intend to continue doing so in the future,” Pentuic told the Daily Journal.

“It is unfortunate my experience is no longer considered an asset.”

State’s Attorney Jim Rowe could not comment on the reason for the termination since it is a personnel issue.

“Mr. Pentuic is a stand-up individual who has served Kankakee and its residents bravely for over 20 years. The office will not be the same without him, and we wish him well,” Rowe told the Daily Journal.

Pentuic begins working in the Grundy County State’s Attorney office on Wednesday.

Jason Helland is the state’s attorney in Grundy. He worked in Kankakee’s state’s attorney office prior to being elected.

Helland, a Republican, is running for secretary of state against Democrat incumbent Jesse White in November’s general election.

Pentuic’s wife, Kimberley Donald, is an attorney in Kankakee.

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