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Son of Former Chief Judge Jailed on Heavy Heroin Rap

The son of retired Chief Judge Rodney Lechwar was jailed on a heroin charge.

Undercover cops collared the son of former Chief Judge Rodney Lechwar and charged him with possession of heroin with plans to sell it.

Matthew Lechwar, 29, of 23927 S. Navajo Drive in Channahon, was taken into custody March 30 by agents from the Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad.

MANS agents also arrested 28-year-old Tonya Roe of 24639 S. Valley Drive in Channahon. She and Lechwar are both being held in the county jail on bonds of $150,000 each.

On the same night that agents grabbed Lechwar and Roe, the MANS crew arrested Heather Brown, 23, of 304 Barr Elms Ave. in Joliet. Brown was charged with possession of a controlled substance. She was released from jail after posting a $500 bond.

No one from MANS stepped up to answer questions about the arrests of Matthew Lechwar, Roe or Brown.

The criminal complaint against Matthew Lechwar was signed by a MANS agent. The complaint said Matthew Lechwar was carrying between 15 and 100 grams of heroin. According to the website TheGoodDrugsGuide, a gram of heroin sells for between $59 and $88.

Matthew Lechwar's father, Rodney Lechwar, was the chief judge in Will County from 1997 to 2003. He was a judge from 1985 to 2010. For 10 years prior to becoming a judge, Rodney Lechwar was a Will County prosecutor.

Rodney Lechwar is now a mediator with ADR Systems, "the Chicago area’s largest alternative dispute resolution service." Rodney Lechwar failed to respond to messages left for him at ADR Systems.

According to the Will County Recorder's Office, the Navajo Drive address listed in jail records for Matthew Lechwar is a home purchased by Rodney and Mary Lynn Lechwar in 2009. It was not clear whether they live there as well.

Matthew Lechwar's March arrest marked the second time he was picked up in Will County on a heroin charge in less than six years.

In April 2006, while his father was a judge, he was charged with the unlawful delivery of heroin. The charge was dropped two years later after Matthew Lechwar completed the drug court program administered by the state's attorney's office.

The class X felony Matthew Lechwar caught in March carries a possible prison sentence of six to 30 years.

Walter Anderson April 09, 2012 at 01:47 PM
The only comment I have is: "the sins of the son should not be laid upon the father" I am only trying to head off any irrelevant negative commentary against Judge Lechwar that takes away from or distorts the REAL problem. Nice job Joe!
Nobody April 09, 2012 at 03:16 PM
So you're saying that a father, a figure meant to provide, guide, and protect, should feel in no way responsible for a son's failure? I'm not speaking legally here. The legal repercussions fall completely on Matthew here. But clearly, Matthew is nothing but a detriment to society. He's a drug addict and distibutor. So through the course of this young parasite's life, he made a series of wrong choices that led him straight into the custody of the state. You're saying that the person who brought him into this world and had the responsibility of protecting him from harm, guiding him to the right choices, teaching him morality and consequences, and helping him on the right path should feel no shame or guilt in this mess? This didn't happen overnight. Matthew didn't just wake up at the age of 29 and say, "I think I'm gonna get into the Heroin business." This has been a problem for quite some time. Judge Lechwar is not at fault for Matthew's actions one bit. But don't be so quick to say he's not partially responsible. There are two things that greatly affect who you turn out to be in life...your parents, and your friends.
Hell Boy April 09, 2012 at 06:21 PM
this kid's an idiot! his parents are also to blame for him bein a loser since they cater to and coddle him. this moron is 29yrs old and doesn't even have a license. he had to be driven to and dropped off and picked up from school/job sites. on top of that, he couldn't even pass a drug test and had to inconvenience whoever to come and get his pathetic arse. ya had a good job makin the big bucks and now your sittin and probably gonna take it in the can for hopefully 30yrs(minus good "behavior" time) and now you're gonna burden us taxpayers. what a pathetic life of a loser!
Flora Dora April 09, 2012 at 07:07 PM
You can not blame anyone. You have no idea how hard it is to raise children. They all rebel in some way and an addictive personality is not taught. Drugs are the curse of our times.
Nobody April 09, 2012 at 07:13 PM
How would you know we have no idea how hard it is to raise children without making an assumption, Flora? A rebellious child is normal. That I can agree with. An addictive personality is not taught, I can agree with that as well. Making the deliberate choice to feed your addiction is a choice, however. KNOWING what you're doing is illegal, damaging, and fundamentally incorrect is also a deliberate choice. Something that should be taught by parents. You can blame peer pressure, environment, media, or whatever other scapegoat you choose. In doing so, however, you give a big middle finger to everyone else who grew up in a similar situation and made the right choices in life.
Walter Anderson April 09, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Exactly was I was hoping to avoid. Some of you are pathetic. You make decisions on things you THINK you know about. It must be sad to live like that.
Nobody April 09, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Not a single statement was made based on what I THINK I know, Walter. I made my statements based on the facts of the article and personal experience. This cottled little parasite was obviously protected by his father. Read the end of the article. I quote, "In April 2006, while his father was a judge, he was charged with the unlawful delivery of heroin. The charge was dropped two years later after Matthew Lechwar completed the drug court program administered by the state's attorney's office." You think some hood rat on the east side being charged with unlawful delivery of heroin would be given that option, and the charges dropped off his record? Tell me that's not sweeping this issue under the rug. He's a drug dealer. And we're not talking something as small time or low key as marijuana here. This is heroin. One of the most addicting and dangerous drugs around. Ever talked to a heroin addict, Walter? They're some of the most pathetic people you'll ever meet. Every word they sputter is a blatant lie and they'll do anything to get a fix. They're sad, desperate people. Their usage is quite apparent and hard to miss. You're telling me a seasoned, Chief Judge in Will County, someone who sees them on a regular basis couldn't see that in his own child. Get real. The world isn't all sunshine and rainbows. This kid should have been locked up in 2006 before he ruined anyone else's life.
Betty Fister April 09, 2012 at 11:41 PM
the real question is why is tonyas bail the same yet she s only charged with a class 4 felony?
Betty Fister April 09, 2012 at 11:43 PM
and if heather brown dont look a hot mess...lmao..got meth too???lol
Walter Anderson April 10, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Y'all could read my statement AGAIN and get something else out of it. I never said anything about being easy on the son, he is an addict and possibly a dealer and should be treated as such. I, in no way, condone drug use in any shape or form and if you knew me, you would know that. All I am saying is that it is not always the parents fault and I am sure the Judge would have recused himself from trial if his son was up. Clout works both ways!
Renee Bogacz April 10, 2012 at 03:15 AM
People sure are mean. I know this family and this is just a sad story. At some point, children become adults and they make their own decisions, and all the parents can do is hope they did their best and pray their kids make the right decisions. Matt has been old enough to make his own decisions for quite a while. Matt certainly deserves to be punished for what he has done, but that won't stop me from praying for the whole family. Being mean and judgmental is the easy thing to do. Having a little sympathy and/or empathy is a lot harder to do but much more productive.
Betty Fister April 10, 2012 at 03:17 AM
so you know what a dirtbag little druggie he is?he had his chance for sympathy his first arrest...looks like it did him no good
Pam April 10, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Is being mean the right thing here. some of the above comments are just mean and so close to Easter. Really!! one should not judge it is not good for the soul or helpful in any way be a mentor not mental.
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cathy April 10, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I hope Will County takes into consideration this guy lives very close to 2 Channahon schools and the Park District.
Walter Anderson April 11, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Good point! I was unaware as I am not that familiar with the Channahon area.
Zan April 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Sounds like you know him well, Hell Boy ... Nice moniker (name for you stupid people) you gave yourself. Sure seem to know a lot of details about this guy.
Zan April 18, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Yeah, real funny you dipshit.
Zan April 18, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Thank you for your kindness, Mrs. B.
Bill Menig April 23, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Nobody, .. If you are such an expert on drug use and family issues, you should at least put out your name with the PHD. after it. ... Or maybe you never graduated from high school. I don't know because you are anonymous. A person can say anything anonymously without repercussions. How can you spout off about something you are not close to? My wife and I are good friends with the Lechwars. When you say reprehensible things about them, you hurt us too. They are fine people who always try to do the right thing. Come out from hiding and put a name to your diatribe.
Terry Menig April 23, 2012 at 03:38 PM
People should not judge what they don't understand. When people judge them, you are just adding to the pain that they are experiencing with their son. I have been friends with the Lechwars for many years and know that they are caring, and upright people, as well as loving parents who always seek to do the best for their children. Adult children who go astray can leave a trail of heartache and sleepless nights. Remember, it could be us going through the same thing or something as devastating as this. We should reach out and support the Lechwars as they walk this difficult journey, not stand in judgment against them. They deserve and have earned our love and support. Stand with them, not against them.
Betty Fister April 23, 2012 at 10:56 PM
hot mess....lmao...truth hurts i guess
Betty Fister April 23, 2012 at 10:59 PM
aww you know the lechwars.. WOOP DEE DOO. if you re so close to them and so pious where were you when little matty was slinging H? sure if feel sorry for his parents BUT..slap the crap ouuta matt.. strike 2 too bad.. this is what standing with them gets you.
Kellie April 25, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I know the Lechwars and have the utmost respect for them! It was their sons decision to do what he did and in no way is it his parents fault. To say degrading things about the family and not know anything about what they have been through or put yourself in their shoes. Get over yourselves and have some empathy!!! I know I have empathy for them and will pray for them! Ask yourselves what if it was you!
Dking May 24, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Betty Fister, you're level of class (extremely low) makes you look like a piece of trash. What exactly would you do to your 29 year old son if he made a decision like this? Beat him? What would that do..solve the problem? Obviously the son will have to face the repercussions of his actions, legally. The parents may have made some mistakes also, but overall each human on this planet is responsible for their own actions and mentality. Influence is influence, some are stronger than others. You're simply a judgmental whiny asshole and no one wants to read your comments. I'd say go focus on your job or something... but clearly you don't work and have a ridiculous amount of free time on your hands. Don't bother being rude to me. You've already been classified as a loony broad in my opinion. I guarantee you won't hurt my feelings. (Just to stoop down to your level real quick, remember that your last name is Fister). Cut it out and get out of here you unpleasant nitwit.
Amy B H March 16, 2013 at 04:02 PM
I saw Judge Lechwar do his job daily as a judge. While I hate Will County politics and see first hand several County Board members son's being protected and not held accountable, I can honestly say that Judge Lechwar tried to educate the teens about addiction in his court room. He was MUCH tougher than the current juvenile judge!!! He would visit treatment programs, the H.E.A.R.T. program in Bolingbrook and many other facilities. He did not hide that addiction (a disease) ran in his family. No family is exempt from this disease. I saw the pain Judge Lechwar had with this issue on a work level. I cannot imagine the pain he and his family have knowing their son continues to struggle with this disease and criminal behavior that goes along with it.
MJC January 27, 2014 at 05:20 PM
Hey *Nobody and *HellBoy.....did it ever occur to you that Matt, the "loser" this article is about was adopted by Judge Lechwar and his wife? He didnt have this PRIVILEGED upbringing like all of you narrow minded parrots assume. So who knows what kind of genes Matt was cursed with from birth. But i do know for a fact that his parents are great people and it is NOT their fault that matt has an addiction. Matts addiction is no different than someone having cancer. Its a disease. And he probably is struggling with mental health issues. Lastly, matt was NOT a drug dealer. He just got caught with an amount that constituted the charge of that offense. And even if he was...the person buying it is the one to blame just as much as the seller. We need to stop villanizing people who use drugs and start helping them more. The vast majority of drug users have mental health issues. So its not always black and white. I cant stand people who come on these forums acting like they are perfect and know so much. Youre gonna feel like a jack off when you open your daughters drawer and find a bag of cocaine in there. Then i would like for you to accuse yourself of being a shitty parent

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