Jacqueline Lacy

State’s Attorney

Jacqueline M. Lacy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, cum laude, from Western Illinois University in 1998 and her Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School in 2002. She is licensed as an attorney in the state of Illinois, 2003; U. S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2003; U. S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 2005.

In 2010 Ms. Lacy was appointed as the Vermilion County Public Defender. Prior to coming to Vermilion County, Ms. Lacy had been a supervising senior assistant in the DuPage County Public Defender’s Office since 2008. She began her career there advocating for the indigent, committed to ensuring proper procedures were followed in the courtroom as required by the U. S. and Illinois Constitutions. She has spent the last 20 years in courtrooms litigating criminal and civil cases. Ms. Lacy spent several years in private practice assisting divorce and criminal clients as well as prosecuting on a substitute basis for the Village of Arlington Heights as an associate for The Law Offices of Thomas Glasgow, Ltd.

In her community involvement, she is currently the board Chair of the Vermilion County Child Advocacy Center. Ms. Lacy is currently on the Danville Library Foundation, a Leadership Tomorrow Mentor, and a member of Hoopeston Area Women Making a Difference. She is a former board member of the Danville Library Foundation, Danville Boys and Girls Club, the Danville Symphony Orchestra, and the Danville Rotary Club. Ms. Lacy was a Gift of Hope Tissue and Organ Donation award recipient and in March 2023, she was featured in the News Gazette’s Women’s History Month Special, “Making Herstory.”

In her professional association, she is currently a member of the Vermilion County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the National Rifle Association. A former member Supreme Court Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions-Criminal, East Central Illinois Women Attorneys Association, Executive Women’s Club (board of directors 2011-2012).

Chosen as one of Central Illinois Business Magazine’s “Forty under 40” in 2014, Ms. Lacy was selected in 2015 as a Patriotic Employer Award recipient from the Department of Defense. In, 2016 she was named as an Edgar Fellow.