Matt Jones graduated from the University of Illinois in 1988 and the College of Law in 1991. He began his career in the child support division of the Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office and ultimately handled a wide range of matters from first degree murder to traffic enforcement, post-conviction and parole board hearings to abuse and neglect matters. Upon leaving the office in January 1996, Jones took a position as legal counsel and criminal justice policy advisor to the Illinois Senate Majority. While there, he was responsible for the analysis, redrafting or negotiation of every piece of criminal law legislation in the state. Jones then moved on to private practice where he attained the status of partner in the Peoria law firm of Johnson, Bunce & Noble, P.C. while being simultaneously engaged on behalf several prestigious Chicago law firms in their legislative practice. He accepted a full-time position with the Agency in February 2009, eventually being named Associate Director, with responsibility for Continuing Legal Education, Government Affairs, public records disclosure and external communications via the Agency’s website. In that role, he has worked to upgrade the existing CLE programs (Basic, Advanced and Capital Litigation Trial Ad programs) through updated materials, equipment and facilities.
Jones is the designated Prosecutor Coordinator for the State of Illinois and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators, where he works to improve the training and advocacy efforts of America’s state and local prosecutors across the country and in our nation’s Capital.
When not busy at work, Jones and his wife Sandy are happiest raising their son Ben and daughter Emersyn.
BS, JD University of Illinois