Julia Rietz was elected Champaign County State’s Attorney in November, 2004. She is currently serving her 4th term in office, having been reelected most recently in 2016. Julia grew up in the Chicago suburbs. She received her undergraduate degree in business management and international relations from Boston University in 1990, and her law degree from the University Of Illinois College Of Law in 1993. She began her legal career in the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office in 1993 as an Assistant State’s Attorney. In 1999, she went into private practice as a partner with the Urbana law firm of Beckett and Webber, P.C., concentrating in family law, until she was elected State’s Attorney. As State’s Attorney, Julia serves as the chief prosecutor for Champaign County and legal counsel for Champaign County government.
In addition to her duties as State’s Attorney, she is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois College of Law teaching Trial Advocacy, and serves as chair of the county’s Children’s Advocacy Center Governing Board. Julia lives in rural Urbana with her horses and dogs and her husband, Al Johnston, a retired Urbana Police Officer. Between them they have 3 children, Evan, who lives in California, Alice, a middle school language arts teacher in St. Louis, and Rachel, an undergrad at Mizzou.