Carterville Woman Arrested for Harassing Senators Durbin and Duckworth

Carterville Woman Arrested for Harassing Senators Durbin and Duckworth

CARTERVILLE — Federal authorities have arrested a Carterville woman accused of repeatedly harassing both of Illinois’ U.S. senators over the course of five months.

According to court documents from the Southern District of Illinois, Jura L. Perkins left more than 200 vulgar and violent voicemails on the office phones of Democrats Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen. Tammy Duckworth.

The investigation began when, on Memorial Day, staff for Durbin reported to U.S. Capitol Police that Perkins had left a vulgar and threatening voicemail on the senator’s office phone.

Perkins reportedly admitted to Carterville police later that she did make those statements.

On July 27, staff from Duckworth’s office reported that Duckworth had been receiving harassing calls from Perkins as well.

Perkins’ phone calls to both senators persisted throughout the summer, including ones that Duckworth’s staff described as “very volatile and racist” in the indictment.

Then, Perkins began trying to enter the senators’ offices in Carbondale, the indictment states.

On Aug. 2, Durbin’s staff alerted Duckworth’s staff that Perkins had been to their office the day before and they described her behavior as increasingly erratic.

According to the indictment, Carterville police told Perkins on Aug. 22 that she had to stop calling, to which she responded that she would.

The next day, however, she called Duckworth’s D.C. office to say she would not stop calling even if the police followed up again.

Perkins’ calls grew increasingly violent through the month of October, the indictment states.

In several messages left for Duckworth, Perkins began mentioning the senator’s newborn, saying in one voicemail on Oct. 17, “Kill the communist baby.”