With a motion by Terry Ekl to dismiss him and his assistant Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen from his task of knocking McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi out of office pending, former Judge Henry Tonigan is pleading family obligations as his reason to withdraw from his lucrative assignment.
In a motion filed Monday, April 25th, Tonigan says that his 86-year old father has an unnamed medical condition that requires his attention, that his sister can’t help has her own serious medical problems and has moved from his abode to California.
Tonigan proposes that assistant Thomas McQueen take over the role of Special Prosecutor.
The hearing is set for Thursday, April 28th at 10 AM, the same time that Ekl’s voluminous motion to dismiss both prosecuting attorneys is to be heard.
Tonigan and McQueen put on such a poor case against Bianchi and his assistant Joyce Synek that Rockford Judge Joseph McGraw dismissed the case on a motion for a directed verdict before the defense had put on any evidence.