Winnebago County State's Attorney submits official resignation

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- Updated: Nov. 14, 2018, 3:16 p.m.

Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato turns in his resignation to the County Board Chairman ahead of being sworn in as Judge to Illinois' 17th Judicial Circuit Court.

Bruscato recently sealed his victory for the judge position after last week's midterm elections. His last day as state's attorney is Dec. 3.

The Winnebago County Board is taking applications to fill Bruscato's role.

Public interviews for candidates begin Thursday. Chairman Frank Haney sends his recommendation to the full County Board Nov. 20 for a vote.

Bruscato was first elected State's Attorney in 2008, was re-elected in 2012 and again in 2016.

His successor will finish the remainder of his term through 2020.


The search for a new State's Attorney is in motion and chairman Frank Haney emphasizes excellent communication skills as a key trait to have.

The Winnebago County State's Attorney is the face people first see when circumstances aren't the best. Knowing how to navigate not only the public but government agencies is an essential part of the job.

"You have to have pretty good communication skills with every other elected official that the State's Attorney represents," says former State's Attorney, Paul Logli.

Applications are being accepted until November 14 and interviews are set to happen on November 15.

Published: Nov. 8, 2018, 9:30 a.m.

Winnebago County is seeking a new state's attorney to replace newly-elected 17th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Joe Bruscato.

The county is accepting applications now through Nov. 14.

Bruscato will be sworn in as judge Dec. 3 and must submit his resignation as state's attorney prior to.

Public interviews for state's attorney are Nov. 15 and 16.

Board Chairman Frank Haney will present his recommendation to the full county board Nov. 20.

Haney says he wants the search process to be transparent and inclusive.

"The State's Attorney’s Office is critical to public safety in Winnebago County," he said. "It is important that we appoint a leader who has excellent communication skills and a thorough understanding of the law."

Haney says candidates must be affiliated with the Democratic party, like Bruscato.

Candidates need to submit letters of interest, resumes and proof of being a licensed lawyer in the State of Illinois to the Winnebago County Administration Building at 404 Elm St. #533, Rockford, IL 61101.

Information should also be emailed to

Bruscato was appointed as state's attorney in 2008. He attended Marquette University Law School.

There are two years left in Bruscato's term.