Kevin Craver is reporting in the Northwest Herald that five McHenry County Board members conducted an illegal meeting.
The five made sure that the majority of a committee were not in the room at the same time.
The committee in question was the 7-member Legislative Committee, charged with drawing the district map for the next decade.
You might think of what was done as a chain with five links going in a circle around a room through two doors. The five made sure that no more than two of the three Legislative Committee links were in the room at the same time.
That way, they apparently reasoned, a majority of the committee would not be meeting illegally.
The Illinois Attorney General’s Office of Public Counsel disagreed.
The five County Board members who met in this fashion were
- McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler (District 2)
- Tina Hill (District 5)
- Marc Munaretto (Committee member from District 1)
- Nick Provenzano (Committee member from District 3)
- John Jung (Committee member from District 5)
No penalty was imposed for the infraction of the Open Meetings Act.
The story about the remap meeting for the whole board is here.
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This story edged out
- the Appellate Court’s upholding of Judge Gordon Graham’s ruling against the County Board on the Special Prosecutor fee case,
- the Grafton Township Trustees’ Appellate Court victory over Supervisor Linda Moore concerning her ability to appoint a Township Attorney without their permission,
- a Federal Judge’s reversing a decision by a Federal Magistrate to allow the alleged murder-for-hire Algonquin attorney Jason Smiekel’s to have home detention, instead of staying in jail and
- Sheriff Keith Nygren’s charging Zane Seipler with perjury in Seipler’s Federal wrongful termination suit.
The last story, of course, was not shared with McHenry County Blog by the Sheriff’s folks.
Gus Philpott, who writes Woodstock Advocate, however, has an insightful article explaining how Seipler’s email address could have been attached as “a secondary email address” to the blog in question (“The Real MCSD Exposed”). Seipler’s blog is called “McHenry County Sheriff’s Department Exposed.”
Philpott notes the following about the Northwest Herald article:
“Funny how she (one of Nygren’s private attorneys) didn’t mention the confidential deposition of Scott Milliman that Sheriff Nygren told Undersheriff Zinke to give to Crystal Lake businessman Jose Rivera.
“Somehow that deposition got leaked to the Northwest Herald. And, somehow, the Northwest Herald story failed to mention that ‘indiscretion'”.