The First Electric Newspaper is suing Keith Nygren in his official capacity as McHenry County Sheriff over Nygren’s refusal to release an investigatory report exonerating Andy Zinke, Nygren’s choice for Sheriff in next March’s Republican Primary election, in actions Zinke took in a DEA investigation.
The conflict so far has revolved around who will represent the Sheriff.
That’s because McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi, the statutory attorney for the Sheriff’s Department, is supporting an opponent to Zinke, former Des Plaines Police Commander Bill Prim.
The man Nygren wants to represent the office in case, Don Leist, argued that the State’s Attorney should not represent the Sheriff or even have a copy of the over 100-page report on Zinke because “they’d leak it,” as Publisher Pete Gonigam put it in his article of October 30th.
Now comes, a Friday editorial in the Northwest Herald in which the following statement is made:
“…the Northwest Herald has seen the documents and knows the battle is much ado about nothing…”
“Sometimes where there’s smoke, there’s fire, but not in this case. No flames. No embers,” the editorial writer assures readers.
Where could have the NWH obtained the documents?
Only the Sheriff’s Department, it would seem to me.
This is the second time that the Northwest Herald has been privileged to received secret documents.
The first was when Scott Milliman’s deposition in Zane Seipler’s Federal wrongful termination suit first appeared in an unflattering column and, then, in a regular article. (Rather the reverse order for most hard news stories.)
No other member of the media has seen Milliman’s deposition.
In Friday’s editorial, the paper recommends Nygren follow the Attorney General’s advice and release the report.
One courtroom observer on Friday, told McHenry County Blog, “If the Northwest Herald says there’s nothing there, there’s something there.”
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Milliman was fired by Sheriff Keith Nygren after his deposition. He filed a wrongful termination case, which is now in the deposition stage.