When McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi held his post-acquittal press conference in front of the Courthouse, he didn’t say whether he would run for re-election.
When confronted with a question about filing a civil suit against Special Prosecutors Henry Tonigan and Tom McQueen from First Electric Newspaper’s Pete Gonigan, he also demurred, even after the reporter pointed out that the indictments had not been the result of “spontaneously combustion.”
The crowd was told that Bianchi intended to think about a week about whether to run for re-election and whether to sue those responsible for the, oh, so very special prosecutions.
With his $75 Boulder Ridge Country Club fund raiser coming on Thursday, August 18th, Bianchi will probably use that forum to announce his 2012 intentions.
Or will the second-term State’s Attorney seek restoration of his good name through the ballot box as well?
And, what about a civil suit?
What would be its basis?
Also outstanding is whether Bianchi will ask the county to pay for his legal bills to defense attorney Terry Ekl. From what I have heard, he has every right to do so, since the official misconduct charges were brought against him in his official capacity as State’s Attorney.