Here we go again.
It wasn’t good enough for an outside arbitrator to rule that McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Zane Seipler should get his job back, but be punished with a three-day suspension, just as another Deputy, Jennifer Asplund, had been.
It wasn’t good enough that Associate Judge Thomas Meyer ruled a year ago that the arbitrator’s ruling was reasonable.
It wasn’t good enough that three justices of the 2nd Appellate Court in Elgin ruled without dissension that Seipler should get his job back, just as the auditor and the 22nd Circuit Court Judge ruled.
So, as predicted, Sheriff Nygren is off to the Illinois Supreme Court on a Don Quixote windmill tilting mission.
It’s not just to waste more taxpayer’s money, which an appeal such as this will assuredly do.
After all, the Illinois Supreme Court is controlled by Justices who were elected with the help of labor union money.
Hard to think of such Justices weakening union arbitration bargaining rights, especially when three Republican Appellate Court Justices would have to reversed.
In my opinion, this is more than just revenge on Nygren’s part, although it is certainly that.
No one has given Nygren as many fits as Zane Seipler.
No one has caused so many reforms within the Department since Democrat Art Tyrell in the mid-1970’s..
In his Federal court case claiming wrongful termination Nygren’s employees, past and present, have been put under oath and Nygren knows what has been said about himself and the department he runs. He can’t be anxious for the transcripts to be shared with the media, even if the Northwest Herald will treat them with kid gloves.
So keeping Seipler from earning a livelihood for a couple of more months while the appeal process grinds on, even with Seipler going to get a couple hundred thousand dollar check for back pay, is undoubtedly part of Nygren’s thinking.
That not only makes family finances tough, but it deprives Seipler of the money to finance a campaign against newly-named Undersheriff Andy Zinke, just in case Nygren’s succession plan includes a primary election in March for a two-year unexpired term for Sheriff.
Or, as one of my readers told me recently, am I being too conspiratorial?
Hard not to be having grown up in McHenry County and Illinois politics.