McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi could be ordered to tell the public whether he ever investigated Sheriff Keith Nygren for “criminal conduct,” if Blake Horwitz, Zane Seipler’s attorney in his effort to get Judge Thomas Meyer to name a Special Prosecutor to probe whether Nygren used taxpayer resources to advance his campaign, gets his wish.
In a motion filed Friday, Horwitz cited the following unanswered question from Bianchi’s recent deposition:
Q – During the time period that you’ve been a state’s attorney for McHenry County, has your office ever investigated criminal conduct attributable — or allegations of criminal conduct attributable to Sheriff Nygren? [Emphasis added.]
MS. KELLY: Objection, Judge — Objection, relevance.
MR. CALDWELL: Objection, way outside the scope of what the judge just told us. We’re here on Section 9008.
MR. GUMMERSON: I would agree and join in the objection.
MS. KELLY: Don’t answer that question.
MR. HORWITZ: You’re not going to let him answer?
MS. KELLY: No.
MR. HORWITZ: Okay.
“The question was never answered,” Horwitz notes in his motion.
“Petitioner believes that this Court instructed the parties to inquire whether the Office of State’s Attorney can and/or does investigate and/or prosecute the Office of the Sheriff. The pending question is directed at ascertaining the answer of this information.
“Petition requests a ruling on whether this question must be answered and if so then to direct the State’s Attorney to answer the question posited.”