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3 DuPage County assistant state's attorneys honored by Chicago Crime Commission

Published: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 6:00 a.m. CDT

Three DuPage County prosecutors who worked on two high-profile murder cases will be honored by the Chicago Crime Commission Nov. 6, according to a news release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.

Criminal Bureau Chief Joseph Ruggiero, Criminal Bureau Deputy Chief Bernard Murray and Assistant State's Attorney Amanda Meindl will be recognized for their work in the prosecution of Johnny Borizov and Jacob Nodarse in the recent triple murder cases.

The trio will receive, the Mitch Mars Prosecutorial Excellence Award, named after the late Assistant U.S. Attorney Mitchell Mars, at the commission's Stars of Distinction 2013 Awards Dinner at the Palmer House in Chicago.

"Words cannot express how proud I am of Joe, Bernie and Mandy," said State's Attorney Robert Berlin in a statement. "With more than sixty years of experience between them, they epitomize the very best in the legal profession and public service."

Berlin nominated the three for the award, the release said.

This will be the second time prosecutors from DuPage County have received the recognition. Former Criminal Bureau Chief Michael Wolfe was presented with the 2008 award in its inaugural year.

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