Hancock County States Attorney
Rachel Mast was born in Galena, Illinois and educated in Sterling, Illinois. After graduating from Sterling High School, Rachel went on to attend college at Southern Illinois University. She then transferred to Western Illinois University where she graduated summa cum laude from the Centennial Honors College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. She also received a minor in journalism. While attending WIU, Rachel was the journalist for the Student Honors Association, and completed an internship with the McDonough County State’s Attorney’s Office.
After graduating from WIU, she went on to attend North Carolina Central University School of Law where she graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree. While attending NCCU, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Law Review and received her Judicial Opinion Writing Certificate. She became a published author, was awarded the Civil Procedure Book award for achieving the highest academic grade, and received numerous awards for her community service work. Rachel was also a legal intern with the Office of the Federal Public Defender Eastern District of North Carolina where she appeared before Magistrate Judges.
After graduating from law school, Attorney Mast obtained employment with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services where she worked as a rules attorney and drafted, amended and repealed Medicaid and Health Choice Program Rules for the North Carolina Administrative Code. Rachel then became licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and began working as a contract attorney for several criminal and civil law firms including Mayer Brown, LLP and the Law Office of Ken Wang. Then she went on to reach her goal in becoming a prosecutor with the McDonough County State’s Attorney’s Office where she worked for nearly three years. While there Rachel was promoted to First Assistant State’s Attorney. As an assistant state’s attorney Rachel prosecuted violent crimes, financial crimes, juvenile abuse, neglect, dependency and delinquency cases and other felony and misdemeanor offenses.
In 2016, Rachel joined the Hancock County State’s Attorney’s Office as the First Assistant State’s Attorney. Rachel has actively prosecuted cases ranging from misdemeanor offenses to first-degree murder. She assisted in starting the Hancock County Drug Court Program and the Court Appointed Special Advocate “CASA” program. During her time as an Assistant State’s Attorney Rachel has successfully prosecuted criminal sexual assault and abuse cases along with violations of the sex offender registry for a total of 114 years in prison for these offenders. In 2017, Rachel tripled the number of juvenile abuse and neglect cases filed in an effort to provide services to families in need and safety to children in the community. She has assisted law enforcement with investigating crimes and prosecuted cases all the way up to bench trial and jury trial in Hancock County.
Rachel is a member of the Hancock County Bar Association, Hancock County Local Emergency Planning Committee, and the North Carolina Bar Association. She currently resides in Carthage, Illinois with her husband Daniel who is a landscaper and farmer. They enjoy gardening, traveling, caring for their dogs, and look forward to their future in Hancock County.