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Marion CountyCandidate for State's Attorney

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Stephanie Corum

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Communicate and support law enforcement to build strong cases and aggressively prosecute serious crime.
  • Communicate and support community resources to rehabilitate first time offenders.
  • Ensure the law is applied equally to all citizens no matter where you live or how much money you have.



Assistant Public Defender, Champaign County Public Defender's Office (2011–current)
Assistant Public Defender, Marion County Public Defender's Office (2008–2010)
Executive Director, Randolph/Perry County Court Appointed Special Advocates (2003–2007)
School board member, Sparta Community School District #140 — Elected position (2006–2007)
Caseworker, Catholic Social Services/Department of Children and Family Services (1997–1999)
Family Self Sufficiency Caseworker, Department of Housing and Urban Development (1994–1996)


Saint Louis University Juris Doctorate, Law (2002)
Loras College Bachelor of Arts, Social Work and Spanish (1994)

Community Activities

Volunteer , Appalachia Service Project (2014–current)
Adult volunteer leader, Baby Fold Camp (2002–current)
Volunteer, Austin's Place Homeless Shelter for Women (2010–current)
Board President, Illinois Court Appointed Special Advocates (2012–2014)
Chair Family Liason committee/ member , Habitat for Humanity (2003–2007)


  I was born and raised in Jo Daviess County, Illinois.  My hometown of Elizabeth had 700 residents and most people knew each other or were related to each other when I was growing up.  

     I graduated with a B.A. in Social Work from Loras College in 1994 and worked for Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Later I worked as a social worker for Catholic Charities with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.  After working for 5 years, I returned to law school and graduated from Saint Louis University in 2002.  After law school, I served as an Executive Director for a non-profit child advocacy organization where I supervised 2 paid staff and 27 volunteers.  As an attorney, I became a guardian ad litem representing abused and neglected children in court in Randolph and Perry counties.  In 2008, I became the Assistant Public Defender in Marion county and served in that role until 2010.  From 2011 through today, I have served as an Assistant Public Defender in Champaign County, Illinois.  

     I am married to Reverend Tom Corum, a United Methodist minister.  Together we are raising two children.  Jacqueline is 20 years old and a student at University of Kentucky.  Benjamin is 13 years old and a middle school student.  During the course of our family life, we have had the opportunity to become members of a number of wonderful communities through the work of my husband.  Our family lived in Marion County from 2007 through 2010 when my husband was moved by his Bishop to serve a church in Champaign, Illinois.   While I have lived in a number of different places, I have fond feelings for the people of Marion County and the sense of community that makes people feel at home in Marion County.

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