Public Defender

Kankakee County Public Defender: Edward J. Pentuic

470 E. Merchant,
Suite 210 – Upper Level
Kankakee, IL 60901

Office Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Office Days: Monday thru Friday
Phone: 815-936-5860
Fax: 815-936-5861

Our Mission

The Kankakee County Public Defender’s Office provides legal services for indigent persons in Kankakee County.

Our lawyers and staff zealously represent persons in criminal, traffic, juvenile, abuse/neglect and other matters when appointed by the Court. We are dedicated to the pursuit of liberty and justice for all.

About Us

The Kankakee County Public Defender’s Office only represents indigent persons when appointed by the Court. The Public Defender may be appointed in criminal, traffic, juvenile, abuse/neglect, mental health commitment hearings and contempt matters.

The office employs lawyers, investigators, legal secretaries and an executive assistant.

The Court appoints the Public Defender’s Office, but the Chief Public Defender assigns cases to particular lawyers. Lawyers are assigned to particular caseloads and courtrooms and clients do not get to choose which attorney will represent them.