Richard Schmack

Charles Ridulph of Sycamore has added to his request for a special prosecutor in the 1957 murder case of his sister, Maria.  

The Daily Chronicle says Ridulph claims State’s Attorney Richard Schmack made a 2012 campaign promise to drop charges against Jack McCullough, constituting a conflict of interest.  

Danielle Guerra / Daily Chronicle/shawmedia.com

Murder charges against Jack McCullough have been dismissed. McCullough served nearly four years in prison for the 1957 murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph of Sycamore.  Last week, DeKalb County Judge William Brady vacated McCullough’s conviction, and he was freed on bond.

Danielle Guerra / Daily Chronicle

Charles Ridulph, older brother of a Sycamore schoolgirl murdered in December 1957,  has hired an attorney in his efforts to get a special prosecutor appointed to handle the case case.  

Jack McCullough was arrested in July 2011 and convicted in September 2012 for the kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph. At the time, it was the oldest cold case to be brought to trial in the United States.  

Judge To Appoint Counsel For McCullough Petition

Mar 25, 2016
Danielle Guerra / Daily Chronicle

Updated: 3/29/16 2:50 p.m.

Jack McCullough will get a new attorney to help him pursue freedom from his conviction of murdering seven-year-old Maria Ridulph in 1957, and the victim's family will have to wait to pursue a request for a special prosecutor to oppose McCullough.

DeKalb County Circuit Judge William Brady announced those decisions Tuesday afternoon in a crowded courtroom that included a jury box full of reporters from Rockford and Chicago as well as the immediate area.

DeKalb County's Top Prosecutor To Run Again

Nov 23, 2015
Susan Stephens

DeKalb County State's Attorney Richard Schmack will seek another term.

Schmack, a Democrat, is likely to face opposition in the general election next November. At least three local attorneys --Hinckley attorney Charles Rea, Sycamore attorney Rick Amato, and former DeKalb County State's Attorney Clay Campbell - are seeking the Republican nomination for the office.

Schmack's campaign committee, Citizens to Elect Richard Schmack, said he will file his nomination paperwork and petitions November 30 to appear on the March 15, Primary Election ballot.

NIU

Charges have been dropped against one of Northern Illinois University’s top financial officials. University controller Keith Jackson was charged last year with two felonies and one misdemeanor related to the so-called “coffee fund” scandal. 

Schmack Faces High-Profile Cases

Nov 9, 2012

The DeKalb County State's Attorney's Office is preparing for a change in leadership.  That's after Democrat Richard Schmack defeated incumbent Republican Clay Campbell in Tuesday's election. Schmack says he wants to focus on restructuring the office, with an emphasis on training younger assistants. 

State's Attorney's Race: DeKalb County

Oct 30, 2012

Republican Clay Campbell has served as DeKalb County State’s Attorney since 2010, when he won a special election. He is seeking another term. Campbell’s opponent this fall is Democrat Richard Schmack, a private attorney who has previously served as an assistant state’s attorney in DeKalb County. The two candidates were asked a set of questions by WNIJ's Mike Moen.