“My name is Junaid “J” Afeef, and As a Kane County State’s Attorney I will keep our community safe, work with everyone with the stake in our county’s health to prevent crimes, protect all victims, and promote healthy communities.
I have 25 years of experience in criminal and civil courtrooms and in advising government agencies.
I have worked with law enforcement to prevent most violent crimes imaginable-mass casuality violance, domestic terrorism,and homegrown violent extremism.
Join our team, and help us bring powered justice Kane county.”
At the end of 2018 three homicides remained under investigation. The 2018 annual report from the Kane County State’s Attorney attributes the inability to solve these violent crimes to “gang-affiliated witnesses who refuse to cooperate with authorities.”
It is unacceptable that homicides cannot be solved because community members are not cooperating with law enforcement. It is equally unacceptable to lay the blame squarely at the feet of the communities directly impacted by violent crimes, and it raises serious concerns when the State’s Attorney’s Office uses terms like “gang-affiliated witnesses.”
It is accurate that witnesses to violent crimes are sometimes reluctant to cooperate with law enforcement. This problem is not unique to Kane County. The challenge is to ask the hard questions, engage in the often uncomfortable dialogue, and work to build the trust needed to solve and even prevent violent crimes.
The United States of America represents approximately 5% of the world’s population. Sadly, 25% of the world’s imprisoned population is right here at home. According to a report by the Vera Institute of Justice, Black people are 3.6x more likely to be incarcerated in local jails than white people nationally.
In Kane County the rate of jail incarceration black people is much higher than the rate of incarceration of white people. The rate of incarceration of LatinX community members is also at a higher rate than white people.
The first step to solving the problems we face is to have a robust conversation around these issues. One of the best place for those conversations are during elections.
In 2020 Kane County has the opportunity to elect a State’s Attorney that can provide safety and healthy communities. It is also an opportunity to ensure that a strong and independent voice remains at the head of the Kane County State’s Attorney to protect the interests of the people.
Going forward the next Kane County State’s Attorney must build on the good works in place and strive to further improve the administration of criminal justice in Kane County.
"I am proud to endorse Junaid “J” Afeef as the next Kane County State’s Attorney. Junaid’s 25-years of advocacy and public service as a lawyer, along with his deep commitment to justice, make him the best candidate to keep Kane County families safe.”
"The challenges that lay ahead for us all when it comes to fixing our criminal justice system require prosecutors who will lead boldly. I believe Junaid has the experience and the character to lead the Kane County State’s Attorney through reforms that will make Kane County a safer and healthier community for all."
"Junaid’s election as State’s Attorney of Kane County will serve to make its citizens safer and its criminal justice system more progressive, fair and responsive to the needs of Kane County."