Starved Rock Murderer Granted Parole At Age 80

Steve Miller
November 21, 2019 - 4:36 pm
Weger Starved Rock Killer

Chester Weger (Illinois Dept. of Corrections)


(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- After almost 60 years in prison, the 80-year-old man convicted of the Starved Rock murders of three Riverside women has been given parole.

This was the 24th time that Chester Weger asked for parole. And now, it's been finally granted by the Illinois Parole Board.

"I didn't anticipate this because I had faith in the board,” said LaSalle County State’s Attorney Karen Donnelly.

She had fought against parole for Weger.

"What has changed since 1972, when he became eligible for parole? Between that time and now, what has changed except that he's gotten older?"

The board's vote was 9-4 for parole.

"A lot of the board members that were from Chicago talked about, 'Well, up there, this would be nothing.'

"We're not up there. This is down here in small, rural America. Small, rural LaSalle County. Starved Rock. A place that used to be a happy place to go to, but now it has a permanent stain. And it's always going to be known as the Starved Rock murders."

Weger won't be released for at least three months because he must undergo an evaluation under the state's sexually violent persons law.