CHICAGO - December 19, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement on the passing of Mearl Justus, longtime sheriff of St. Clair County.
"Sheriff Justus earned the distinction of being one of Illinois' longest-serving and most effective public servants. For more than 50 years, he kept the residents of St. Clair County safe and made a major impact on law enforcement across the state.
"Mearl was a special person and the kindness he showed to everyone will never be forgotten."