The following statement has been received from McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi:
There are personal and family concerns that I am discussing with my family that may impact whether I continue my reelection campaign for 2016.
A final decision will be made within a few weeks.
Meanwhile, I have asked Patrick Kenneally, an Assistant State’s Attorney, to file petitions for the office, in the event I ask the clerk to remove my petitions.
Pat has extensive experience in prosecuting criminal cases and has been working in civil law for the past two years. He is an outstanding lawyer, brilliant writer and the best attorney to continue with the aggressive prosecutions of the last 11 years and the law enforcement programs initiated by the office.
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Here is a biography of Patrick Kenneally:
Patrick was hired by Lou Bianchi in 2007 as an assistant state’s attorney. In only five years, Patrick went from traffic court to special prosecutions. Along the way, Patrick tried over 80 cases at all levels of the justice system. As a domestic violence prosecutor, Patrick changed the way that domestic violence cases were prosecuted by trying and winning cases despite fearful victims refusing to appear in court. For his efforts, Patrick earned Turning Point’s Peace and Justice Award.
As a special prosecutor, Patrick was personally responsible for prosecuting the most dangerous and violent offenders, including murderers, rapists, armed robbers, child molesters, and killer drunk drivers. Recent trials Patrick has successfully prosecuted include:
- People v. Michael Romano, First Degree Murder, Guilty
- People v. Robert Signorile, First Degree Murder, Guilty
- People v. Mario Casciaro, First Degree Murder, Guilty
- People v. Daniel Bending, Driving Under the Influence Proximately Causing Death, Guilty
- People v. Thomas Reed, Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault, Guilty
Patrick is known to stand in solidarity with victims who often must endure for a lifetime the consequences of the senseless criminal acts of others. He has a reputation for prosecuting criminal offenders tenaciously, but doing so without ever losing sight of his ultimate ethical responsibility to seek justice before all else.
Patrick is the proud husband to Colleen. Patrick, Colleen, and their two sons, Patrick R. and John, live in McHenry County. Patrick and his family are members of St. Thomas Church in Crystal Lake. Patrick is also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
In 2014, Patrick was selected to join the Office and Peace and Justice for the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Encyclical Working Group (EWG). The EWG, which includes clergy, faculty from a number of Chicago’s Catholic Universities, and lay Catholics, was assembled to promote the message of Pope Francis most recent encyclical.
Patrick also volunteers his time as a counselor helping patients overcome alcohol and drug addiction issues.
Patrick earned his law degree from Washington University School of Law in 2005 and also has a master’s degree in environmental law from the University of Vermont. Prior to law school, Patrick earned his bachelors degree in biology and liberal arts from the College of the Holy Cross. At Holy Cross, Patrick was a member of the All-Time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
Court and Bar Admissions:
- Illinois Bar
- United State’s District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- McHenry County Bar Association
- Illinois Bar Association