Two local official holders in opposite factions of the McHenry County Republican Party have had legal expenses in the last half year, McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi and McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren.
We know where Bianchi’s legal fees for defense attorney Terry Ekl came from.
$275,000 was approved by the McHenry County Board in return for indemnification and a cut of any winnings from a civil law suit against Special Prosecutors Henry Tonigan and Thomas McQueen, plus their investigative firm Quest International.
Nothing was advanced from his campaign fund, which ended September with $93,700 in the bank. (The report due January 16th has not yet been filed.)
Nygren has engaged attorney Mark Gummerson to represent him in former Deputy Zane Seipler’s attempt to have a Special Prosecutor named to investigate whether the Sheriff used taxpayer resources to advance his campaign.
The Sheriff has almost $12,300 in his campaign checking account and has spent $1,300 in the last three months of 2011, but none says, “Legal Expenses.”
So, unlike Governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich, neither McHenry County politician spent contributors’ money to defend himself from legal challenges.