Russell A. Baker, J.D.

Mark-200x300-1Russ Baker joined the Grundy County State’s Attorney’s office in March 2021 as an Assistant State’s Attorney where he continues to serve the citizens of Grundy County as a distinguished prosecutor.

State’s Attorney Baker completed his undergraduate training at Elmhurst University in 1985 graduating with a Bachelors of Science Degrees in Economics and Finance.  He went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Northern Illinois University School of Law in 1988 and achieved admission to the Illinois State bar that same year.

State’s Attorney Baker retired in December 2019 from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office after over 30 years of service prosecuting every type of violent felony, with a concentration on Homicides.  Mr. Baker also had distinguished tours of duty in Financial Crimes, Public Integrity and Unsolved/Cold Case Homicide Units within the Special Prosecutors Bureau of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. In his career, State’s Attorney Baker tried over 125 Felony Jury Trials with all types of crimes including over 40 First Degree Murder trials.

During his tenure in Grundy County, Mr. Baker has performed every duty in the office from Traffic,  Misdemeanors, Felonies and Civil in addition to serving as First Assistant State’s Attorney.  Russ was appointed to lead his office in December 2022 as the Grundy County State’s Attorney.  He still handles all the Civil matters as State’s Attorney in addition to his own Felony case load.