I didn’t make it to the Courthouse Friday morning to listen to the hearing the Freedom of Information suit against McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren, et al, over his refusal to release the 100-page report on Undersheriff Andrew Zinke’s involvement in a DEA investigation involving a campaign contributor, but First Electric Newspaper Editor Pete Gonigam and Woodstock Advocate Editor Gus Philpott did.
The gist of the proceedings were that the Sheriff and Department employee Don Leist (late of the State’s Attorney’s Office) both requested that a Special Assistant State’s Attorney be appointed because they don’t think Lou Bianchi’s office will provide an adequate defense.
You can read the articles for more details:
For those who have not following the issue, Gonigam filed a Freedom of Information request with the Sheriff’s Department for the report on the investigation.
Nygren denied the request.
Gonigam appealed the denial to the Public Access Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.
The Attorney General agreed that the Sheriff’s Department should release the report, but did not issue a binding opinion.
Nygren refused to release the report.
Gonigam filed suit in Circuit Court, the remedy prescribed by law.
The case is before Judge Thomas Meyer.
State statutes says it should be decided on an expedited basis.