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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Friday, July 23, 2021

Bond Set at $1 Million for Chicago Man Charged with Threatening DuPage County Clerk of the Circuit Court

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that bond has been set for a Chicago man charged with making a threatening phone call to the office of Candice Adams, Clerk of the DuPage County Circuit Court. Bernard Williams, 42 (d.o.b. 2/26/1979) of the 4000 block of W. Washington Street, appeared in Bond Court this afternoon where Judge Maureen Dunsing set bond at $1 million with 10% to apply. Williams has been charged with one count of Threatening a Public Official (Class 3 Felony) and one count of Harassment by Telephone to a State Employee (Class 4 Felony.)

 It is alleged that on July 22, 2021, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Williams called the office of the DuPage County Clerk of the Circuit Court and while speaking to a representative, threatened to come to the Office and shoot everyone that works there. It is alleged that Williams also threatened to “shoot the Clerk in the head.” This morning at approximately 10 a.m., Williams was located in a courtroom within the Courthouse and taken into custody without incident. He was unarmed when taken into custody.

“My office takes any threat or even the perception of a threat against a public employee or elected official extremely seriously,” Berlin said. “For our government to function properly, it is imperative that elected officials as well as their staff be allowed to serve free from harassment, without concern for their personal safety. I thank Clerk of the Circuit Court Candice Adams and her staff for their assistance and complete cooperation throughout this investigation and I commend DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick and his Courthouse deputies for their truly outstanding work in the apprehension of the defendant in this case. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorney Grace Barsanti for her efforts in preparing a strong case against this defendant.”

While probationable, a Class 3 Felony is punishable by up to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Williams’ next court appearance is scheduled for arraignment on July 29, 2021, in front of Judge Peggy O’Connell.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.