McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally Brings in Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney to Represent County Board in Orville Brettman Regional Superintendent of Education Referendum Challenge

Filed Friday was the following motion appointing Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney John Christensen to represent the County Board in Orville Brettman’s challenge of the referendum concerning the Regional Superintendent of Education.

State’s Attorney Kenneally is staturorily on the McHenry County Electoral Board that will decide whether the referendum language is legal.

The others named by the law are the County Clerk and the Circuit Clerk.

It would seem that he thought it would be a conflict of interest for his office to be on both sides of the question.

Here is the question:

Should the McHenry County Board pursue a new structure of the office of McHenry County Regional Superintendent of Schools, or enter into an agreement with another Regional Office of Education to share it’s services?”

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks took ownership of the referendum when he brought the subject to the County Board even though it had been rejected by the Public Health and Community Services Committee.

Franks immediately went on the attack, according to the Northwest Herald, demanding that County Clerk Tirio and all in his office not take part in the Electoral Board’s decision-making.

Strangely, he cited Tirio’s suit against the so-called Illinois Integrity Fund, which Frnaks had not admitted to having anything to do with.

Threatenting Tirio, Franks told the NWH that he would “ask the appropriate legal authorities to investigate,” if Tirio did not recuse himself.


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McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally Brings in Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney to Represent County Board in Orville Brettman Regional Superintendent of Education Referendum Challenge — 11 Comments

  1. In my opinion Kenneally is incompetent and shouldn’t be deciding what he’s having for lunch.

    He should have turned other matters like the Alqonquin Township issue involving criminal investigations over to another States Attorney’s Office as well.

  2. You guessed that he is appointing a replacement because of a conflict of interest of representing both sides, but there’s another conflict here which neither you, the Northwest Herald, or Jack Franks pointed out.

    Orville Brettman also gave money to Patrick Kenneally, and more recently then he gave money to Tirio.

    Weird how Franks didn’t get huffy puffy about Kenneally getting money from Brettman like he did about Tirio. I wonder why that is?

    https://illinoissunshine.org/search/?term=Orville%20Brettman&table_name=candidates&table_name=committees&table_name=officers&table_name=receipts&table_name=expenditures

    Other people may speculate that Kenneally recused himself because he is lazy, incompetent, and not confident in his ability to do his own job.

    We may never know!

  3. That’s illegal.

    The person replacing the ‘recuser’ MUST reside in the County.

    Shame on Kenneally for not following the law.

    Maybe I should shut up because he might then appoint one of the Miller crime family.

  4. Pinto: What makes you say that the lawyer representing the board must live in the county?

    What statute?

    Where did Mr Kenneally say he is part Kurd?

    I think you are a liar, making things up under cover of anonymity.

  5. I’m not sure why Kenneally would recuse himself?

    The States Attorney should be there to give facts of the case?

    Just like Jack Franks should have asked for a States Attorney Opinion for the Referendum that he brought forward!

    And who cares if Brettman gave Tirio some money.

    Ever seen the pictures at one of Kenneally’s fundraiser?

    It is all lawyers from the County and from what I heard Jack Franks was at Kenneally’s last fundraiser.

    So did Jack Franks donate to Kenneally’s campaign or did Jack just show up and shake hands?

    Does anyone know what the role of Tirio would be for being on this Board?

    This is Jack’s baby!

    It is his responsibility of what is on the agenda that he brings forward and wants!

  6. Both the Count Clerk and the State’s Attorney are on the McHenry County Electoral Board, according to the statutes.

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