Former Assistant St. Clair County State’s Attorney Jon Allard Jr. was found dead Wednesday in a wooded area in Belleville, the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.
St. Clair County sheriff’s Capt. Bruce Fleshren said the Sheriff’s Department received a call at 2:38 p.m. and found Allard’s body at 3 p.m. at the end of Martin Drive off Foley Road, in a wooded area.
St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye Sr. said Allard died from “a single gunshot wound to the chest.”
Allard joined Kurowski Schultz LLC in December 2014 after a distinguished public service career as a trial attorney, according to his bio. For 18 years, he served as a prosecutor in the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office. He served as chief of administration and was the director of the State’s Attorney’s Crime Prevention Task Force.
Allard also served as a prosecutorial liason to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois and was the lead state prosecutor on multiple federal and state joint task forces against public corruption, fraud and violent crime.
State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said, “We’re all shocked and grieving at the loss of our friend and brother, Jon. He fought many battles for victims and their families and was blessed to have him by my side for as long as I did. He will be deeply missed by many in law enforcement.”
His longtime colleague and friend St. Clair County Associate Judge John O’Gara said, “He was a great guy. I’m going to miss him very much. He was, in our work together as lawyers and as friends over the years, a wonderful man. We lost a good man,” O’Gara said.
“Mr. Allard appeared before me on many cases and it was always a pleasure to have him practice before me,” retired St. Clair County Circuit Judge Milton Wharton said.