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Oswego Man Made Death Threats Against State Tollway Chairman: Police

Dec 09, 2015 10:54AM ● Published by Shannon Antinori

Photo courtesy of the DuPage County Sheriff's Office

An Oswego man is being held on $1 million bond after allegedly threatening to kill Illinois State Toll Highway Authority board chairman and former DuPage County Board chairman Robert J. Schillerstrom.

James P. Conroy, 57, of the 500 block of Chestnut Drive, is accused of making threatening calls to Schillerstrom’s Naperville home on Dec. 1, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Naperville police reportedly said Conroy allegedly made the threatening calls from a hotel on the city’s far northwest side.

Five years ago, Conroy was found mentally unfit to stand trial in another criminal case, and was previously ordered not to have contact with Schillerstrom or  his family, the Tribune reported.

According to records obtained by the Tribune, Conroy was arrested by Naperville police in May 2010 on charges of aggravated driving with a revoked license, but was declared mentally unfit to stand trial. Conroy was eventually declared fit, and was sentenced in 2011 to 180 days in jail and ordered to have “no contact of any kind with any member of the Robert Schillerstrom family.”

Court records do not indicate what connection Conroy had with Schillerstrom at the time or why the order was issued, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Conroy’s conditional discharge was revoked after he was accused of contacting Schillerstrom again in October 2011. He was again found unfit for trial, but in October 2012 was re-sentenced to six months in jail and one year of probation, the Tribune reported.

Conroy remains in custody at the DuPage County jail, charged with two counts of felony telephone harassment, according to jail records.

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