Sheriff Keith Nygren’s Republican primary election opponent Zane Seipler may have become more of a thorn in the Sheriff’s side since the election than he was before.
One of his tools is called McHenry County Sheriff’s Department Exposed.
It’s becoming a must read for those interested in the Sheriff’s race.
Seipler has been looking at Skip Tonigan’s grand jury indictment of McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi and he finds it a “can’t stop laughing” read, considering what he has found out about how Nygren spends tax dollars.
He cites Count 5, which addresses use of county resources in parades.
“It was further a part of the conspiracy that defendant Louis A. Bianchi awarded State’s Attorney’s Office personnel compensatory time and a half for marching in public parades during 2006 and for participating in community expos from 2006 through 2010 where both legitimate community awareness and political campaign purposes were undertaken by the participants. That is, for each one hour worked, the State’s Attorney’s Office employee was granted one and one-half hours of County paid comp time.”
Through Freedom of Information Requests, Seipler obtained an overtime request for 7 hours by Bryan Krause for the Algonquin parade on August 28, 2007.
Seipler’s only comment is “Look at these.”
He then shows a couple of photos of Nygren being driven in parades.
In an earlier post Seipler reports that his request for a Special Prosecutor to look into Nygren’s use of tax dollars to advance his political career will be in court on September 28th.
During the 2008 campaign for State’s Attorney, Bianchi was criticized for buying parade candy from his office budget. At the time other politicians, such as Nygren, pointed out that they paid for such candy out of their campaign budgets.
As you can see in yesterday’s article about the Johnsburg parade, candy was being thrown from the Sheriff’s convertible.
I would assume the Sheriff paid for it out of campaign funds.
The next question, I guess, is will the driver be paid with tax dollars?
If so, which is it?
An official appearance or a campaign appearance?
What would Special Prosecutor Skip Tonigan say?