CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Local Attorney, Dennis Atteberry, announced he will seek the Republican nomination for the Christian County States Attorney left vacant by the resignation of Mike Havera.
Dennis Atteberry is a 1990 graduate of Taylorville High School. Since high school, he has been an active part of the community. In the 90’s he was a substitute teacher, fought as a member of Project 29 to bring a four-lane highway to Christian County and was a youth director and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church. He has sponsored little league teams, been a member of the school board and fought for educational equality as a member of Citizens for Education.
In May 2001, Atteberry graduated from both SIU school of law with his law degree and from UIS with his Masters in Political Studies. He has over 20 years of experience including criminal, civil, juvenile, and municipal law.
“I am married and have a 23-year-old step-son and twin 8-year-old boys,” he said in announcing his candidacy. “It is this community I have been vested in for not just myself, but my family. I opened my practice here in Christian County in 2008. Since that time, I have built a strong relationship with law enforcement and have been a conflict public defender in juvenile, misdemeanor and felony cases. Being at the courthouse almost daily, I see the areas that need improvement to make our community safer. Christian County has been plagued with drug and domestic violence issues for decades. The jail is consistently overcrowded. I will seek to curb the drug and domestic violence issues by giving swift justice for the victims, hold the criminals responsible for their crimes, and ease the burden on the jail system.”