It’s late Sunday afternoon and the crew responsible for Monday’s stories must be coming to work.
About 4 PM stories started appearing about McHenry County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Greg Pyle’s arrest on ten counts of predatory sexual assault, at least one of which was under 13-years old.
Not stories from the press release spoon fed the Northwest and Daily Heralds by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department which said it was about a “domestic issue involving the officer and his family,” but ones with the information first revealed on McHenry County Blog that the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office had heavy involvement. Lou Bianchi’s people, plus the Illinois State Police. Apparently, not the Sheriff’s Department.
Regular readers will remember that the Sheriff Keith Nygren and State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi have not been political allies for over four years.
When former Deputy Sheriff Zane Seipler petitioned Judge Thomas Meyer to appoint a Special Prosecutor to probe whether Nygren used resources of his office to advance his political campaign, Bianchi argued he could not investigation the Sheriff because then he could be charged with having a conflict of interest in other cases opening the possibility that private attorneys would have to be retained in cases Bianchi’s staff otherwise would defend.
Since this case does not involve charges of criminality within the Sheriff’s Department, I suppose3 it is the involvement of the State’s Attorney’s Office does not put the taxpayers in jeopardy in other cases.
While a resident of Crystal Lake, Pyle was not investigated by the Crystal Lake Police. That’s what Deputy Chief Gene Lowery told me.
The Chicago Tribune put up a story, complete with photo for which McHenry County Blog is forced to file a Freedom of Information request and usually gets such requested arrest photos about a week after the request.
So did NBC News in Chicago.
ABC News in Chicago put up the AP article.
WGN-TV signaled it will do a story on the charges on its web site.
CBS-TV in Chicago picked up the story, too.
The Daily Herald had a more complete article. It even printed a “written” comment from Sheriff Keith Nygren:
“We are deeply concerned any time a department member has violated the honor of this organization.”
As did McHenry County’s newspaper of record, the Northwest Herald.