Man accused of threatening Will Co. judge now in jail
By Janet Lundquist email@example.com March 21, 2013 12:08PM
Jason Chance, of Canton, is charged with cyberstalking and threatening a public official for comments made on Facebook about Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow. Supplied photo.
Updated: April 23, 2013 2:08PM
A downstate man accused of threatening a Will County judge appeared briefly in court Thursday morning, calling the situation “nothing but fraud and retaliation.”
Jason S. Chance , 40, of Lewistown, once threatened to kill State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow in a Facebook post and spent a year in prison for the crime. Now, Chance is accused of calling Judge Matthew Bertani, who presided over Chance’s child support case, at home.
Chance also allegedly called Channahon Village Clerk Janet Schumacher and Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, intending to harass Schumacher and anyone who picked up the phone at the hospital, according to a petition to revoke Chance’s probation filed by Special Prosecutor Chuck Colburn.
Asked for more information on why Chance called Schumacher and the hospital, Colburn said, “I can’t give you a reasonable explanation. I can’t discuss the facts of the case, but even if I did, it wouldn’t make sense.”
Chance was booked into the county jail Wednesday afternoon.
Thursday, Judge Daniel Rozak set a court date of March 26
“This is nothing but fraud and retaliation,” Chance said in court Thursday. Rozak interrupted him.
“You don’t want to go into the facts of the case right now,” Rozak said.
A public defender was appointed to represent Chance, however, Chance claims there are numerous conflict of interest issues with Will County judges and attorneys — an issue Rozak said he would address next week.
“If I bought your argument, it would pretty much exclude every judge in the district, every prosecutor in the county,” Rozak said.
In 2010, Will County police say, Chance threatened State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow on his Facebook page, posting a rant that said, among other things, that Glasgow “is soon to be a dead” man, referring to the state’s attorney with a gay slur.