Yesterday, Part 1 of this story ran on McHenry County Blog.
Put in its narrowest context, the question asked by Zane Seipler, the Republican whom incumbent Sheriff Keith Nygren beat in the GOP primary, is
“Should a driver of a privately-owned, apparently unlicensed convertible from which the Sheriff and his wife are waving to the crowd be (have been) paid out of taxpayer dollar?”
In the case of the McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi candy uproar, Nygren said he would welcome an independent investigation.
Seipler makes the following observations about Nygren in a parade different from the entry seen above in McHenry (you can see the photo he uses here):
- The vehicle he is riding in is has a Gary Lang placard for a license plate. Any official county vehicle would have a valid registration. (Gary Lang must let Nygren use the car for political events.)
- The vehicle is covered in removable decals of a seven point star known to be the campaign logo of Keith Nygren. Once again showing that this vehicle is a campaign vehicle.
- The Sheriff is not in uniform, he is dressed in civilian clothes, as a politician would dress in a parade.
- It appears that Nygren has something in his hand. Reports suggest he was throwing candy.
- His wife is in the car, she has no official ties to the Sheriff’s Department.
- The driver of the vehicle is a County employee but he is not wearing a uniform.
And he adds, speaking directly to personnel at the Northwest and Daily Heralds:
“We have a total of 72, APPROVED OVERTIME SLIPS, related to the last five parade seasons. (2006-2010)…
“Hey Jillian Duchowski, Kevin Lyons and Chuck Keeshan, (Daily Herald and Northwest Herald) we know you are reading this.
“You guys even a little bit interested?”
Seipler quotes County Auditor Palmer as saying,
“No other county officers submit parade expenses for reimbursement,
“No other county officers submit parade expenses for reimbursement.”
“Wait a second, WHAT DID SHE SAY?????”
In his blog, Dave Bachmann takes after the three Democratic County Board members.
He thinks they should be leading the charge against the Sheriff’s parade expenditures. After all, their party has an active candidate for sheriff.
He also wonders,
“”WHY she (County Auditor Pam Palmer) approved seven, (7) ‘OVERTIME HOURS’ for a Deputy Sheriff who as proved by submitting the attached Sheriff’s Department document, participated in a Parade?”
The parade was in Hebron, which is, as former resident Bachmann says, one of the county’s smallest villages.
Seipler makes a comment that reminds me of what my wife said after I lost the Republican primary election for state representative ten years ago:
“Of course we will be talking with others about this because we have nothing else to do.
“Being wrongfully terminated frees up a lot of time!”
My wife observed that those who worked so hard to get me out of office probably didn’t realize how much time it would free up for inquiry into local political and governmental matters.
Actually, I think her words were a bit more pithy than that.