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Meet the U.S. Attorney


United States Attorney
Southern District of Illinois

To protect public interests and help ensure justice for crime victims, Rachelle Aud Crowe was sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois on June 21, 2022.

As U.S. Attorney, Mrs. Crowe leads the office responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in downstate, including crimes related to terrorism, firearm violence, narcotics, child exploitation, human trafficking, financial fraud, health care fraud, public corruption and other justice-related issues. The office also represents the United States in affirmative and defensive civil cases, as well as provides assistance to communities throughout southern Illinois with efforts designed to improve public safety.

Prior to her appointment, Mrs. Crowe served as the state senator for the 56th District in Illinois where she was the first woman in state history to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee. From 2006 to 2018, she served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office taking on numerous cases in the Violent Crimes, General Felony and Juvenile Abuse divisions.

A lifelong resident of Illinois, Mrs. Crowe was born and raised in Wood River and graduated from Roxana High School. She attended Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey and the University of Missouri at St. Louis, all of which prepared her for her legal education at Saint Louis University’s School of Law.

Updated January 5, 2023