Former Champaign County assistant state's attorney joins state policy group
A longtime federal prosecutor with ties to Champaign County has been named to the Rauner-Sanguinetti Administration's criminal-justice policy group, according to a press release.
David Risley, a former assistant state's attorney, worked out of Urbana from March 1982 to February 1983, focusing on prosecuting felony cases as well as cases involving driving while under the influence. From there, he became a assistant U.S. attorney for the Central District of Illinois until June 2015. He was the anti-terrorism coordinator in that office.
Risley also has been attorney-adviser to the Iraqi High Tribunal in the Regime Crimes Liaison Office in Baghdad, Iraq, a diplomatic attache' for the U.S. Department of Justice in Cairo, Egypt, a legal adviser for the Justice Department in Cairo, and an ethics officer and senior assistant chief counsel for the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Risley earned his bachelor's in real-estate finance and urban economics from the University of Illinois in 1975 and his juris doctor from Brigham Young University in 1981.
The criminal-justice policy group will consist of experts representing the government, private sector and the non-profit arena.