Assistant State's Attorneys Rita Gara, Randi Freese and Daniel Wilbrandt promoted to Key Management Positions within Office
February 27, 2019
ASSISTANT STATE’S ATTORNEYS RITA GARA, RANDI FREESE AND DANIEL WILBRANDT PROMOTED TO KEY MANAGEMENT POSITIONS WITHIN OFFICE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, is pleased to announce that Rita Gara has been named First Assistant, and Randi Freese and Daniel Wilbrandt have been named as Co-chiefs of the Criminal Division. They bring a wealth of experience to their positions.
Rita Gara received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Roosevelt University and graduated cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law. While in law school, Rita was a judicial intern in Boone County and also interned for the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office. Following graduation, Rita worked at Filler and Associates in Marengo, Illinois, handling civil litigation and divorce cases. In 2011, Rita joined the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and worked in the misdemeanor division prosecuting a variety of misdemeanor and traffic offenses. As a felony attorney, Rita has prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases, including homicides, sex offenses and other violent crimes.
Randi Freese received a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Ball State University and her Juris Doctor from DePaul University. While in law school, Randi interned in the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and was hired as an Assistant State’s Attorney following her graduation. While working in the misdemeanor division, Randi prosecuted a variety of misdemeanors including traffic and domestic violence cases. In 2012, Randi was awarded Turning Point’s Peace and Justice Award for her prosecution of domestic violence cases. Randi has handled Drug Asset forfeitures for the office and successfully forfeited houses, vehicles and United States Currency from narcotics dealers. As a felony attorney, Randi has prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases, including murders, drug-induced homicides and sex offenses.
Dan Wilbrandt has been in the State’s Attorney’s Office since 2012 after receiving his law degree cum laude from the John Marshall Law School. Dan had been serving as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and previously served as the Misdemeanor and Traffic Unit Supervisor, a member of the Drug Induced Homicide Unit, Felony Review Unit, Misdemeanor Unit, and Juvenile Divisions. He is also a prosecutor for McHenry County Specialty courts, including Mental Health Court, Drug Court, and DUI Court. Before attending law school, he received both a M.A. in Communication and B.A in Speech Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Dan has previously served in the public sector with law enforcement and juvenile justice agencies.
We know Rita, Randi and Dan will continue to excel in their pursuit of justice for the citizens of McHenry County.