Bianchi Suit Against Special Prosecutor McQueen Reinstated by Appellate Court

Your homework for today is to read the 2nd Appellate Court decision reinstating McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s suit against one of the Special Prosecutors who indicted him on criminal charges that were so weak that they were tossed … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Gets Tax Protest Christmas Present

The City of Crystal Lake won the tax protest case which argued that a majority of the city council was necessary to pass its taxing ordinance. At stake was $1.6 million in property taxes. Reversing McHenry County Circuit Judge Michael … Continue reading

Bianchi, et al, Win Crystal Lake South High School Bleacher Suit

Judge Michael Chmiel’s decision in favor of neighbors of the ginormous Crystal Lake South High School bleacher was upheld by the 2nd Appellate Court Wednesday. A summary of the opinion, the first pitting a Home Rule municipality against a school … Continue reading

Grafton Township Trustees Appeal Their Circuit Court Losses

That’s what this press release from Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore says: Township Trustees to File 3rd Appeal Township Trustees Gerry McMahon, Rob LaPorta, Betty Zirk, and Barbara Murphy voted at last week’s regular board meeting to take a third … Continue reading

Waiting for Coverage on Zane Seipler’s Re-Hiring Appellate Court Victory

On Friday, the 2nd Appellate Court in Elgin released its opinion agreeing with Associate Judge Thomas Meyer that the arbitrator in McHenry County Deputy Sheriff’s Zane Seipler’s firing was just. McHenry County Blog printed a comprehensive story on the decision … Continue reading

Zane Seipler Beats Keith Nygren in Appellate Court

Earlier this week McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren won a Federal Appellate Court decision because the lawyer handing the case for the plaintiff wrote such a bad brief. Today Nygren lost a State Appellate Court decision because his side of … Continue reading

Koehler Not Pessimistic about Appellate Court Special Prosecutor Payment Ruling

McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler was anything but downbeat about the 2nd Appellate Court’s decision upholding Judge Gordon Graham’s payment of $250 per hour to the Special Prosecutors who unsuccessfully prosecuted McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi. “Obviously, we … Continue reading

McHenry County Board’s Special Prosecutor Fee Payment Appeal Denied, Judge Gordon Graham’s Decision Upheld

Considering the Special Prosecutors appointed by Judge Gordon Graham have been spectacularly unsuccessful and expensive, I thought folks might like to read the whole 2nd Appellate Court decision on McHenry County’s effort to rein in costs.  It is below.  I … Continue reading

Eleven Months after Winning Appellate Court Case Deputy Bob Schlenkert Remains Unpaid

Almost eleven months ago, McHenry County Deputy Sheriff Robert Schlinkert won an Appellate Court decision putting him back to work. The decision came just three days after oral arguments indicating the justices thought Schlinkert had a pretty good case. Periodically, … Continue reading

Legislators Dissing Voters

It has happened time and time again. Uppity voters prevent elected officials from doing something they dearly desire. Or uppity voters punish elected officials and those officials don’t like it. What do the elected officials do? They ask their state … Continue reading

Ancel Glink’s March Bill to Grafton Township – Part 9

We have been looking at the details in the Ancel Glink invoice to Grafton Township for the month of March, 2010. So far, we have finished what Ancel Glink calls the “Corporate” and “Linda Moore v. Grafton Township” portions of … Continue reading

Ridicule for Grafton Township Board

“Use in case of bad behavior,” is the message written on a paddle with cobwebs running from it in the Northwest Herald in the editorial cartoon displayed most prominently on its web site today. Beneath is the message, “Spare the … Continue reading

Schlenkert Wins Unanimous Decision in Appellate Court

When I wrote the article yesterday on Deputy Sheriff Bob Schlenkert’s victory in the 2nd Appellate Court, I didn’t have the decision. Now, I do. This decision came down three days after the oral arguments. I’m no student of appellate … Continue reading

Bob Schlenkert Wins Reinstatement as McHenry County Deputy Sheriff

Deputy Bob Schlenkert, fired by McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren for not following an order to complete basic police academy for a second time, has won his reinstatement court case in the 2nd Appellate Court. Stunning is the length of … Continue reading

Grafton Township Separation of Powers Case Goes to Court

Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore took her dispute with Township Trustees Betty Zirk, Gerald McMahon, Rob LaPorta and Barbara Murphy to court Wednesday. She’s in civil court seeking injunctive relief to regain her role as chief executive of the township. … Continue reading

Ann Jorgensen and Mary Schostok, Two Appointed 2nd Appellate Court Justices, Emerge Victorious GOP Primary

Two women appointed by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert Miller, Appellate Court Justices Ann Jorgensen and Mary Schostok, carried the day Tuesday. Below you see the preliminary results of the judicial district that sprawls across northern Illinois from Lake Michigan … Continue reading

8th District Watch – Former Joe Walsh Staffer Sues Candidate

“Been there, seen that” was my reaction when I read former campaign manager Kieth Liscio’s press release about suing his former employer, 8th District GOP candidate Joe Walsh. Back in 1982 when I unsuccessfully ran for Congress against incumbent U.S. … Continue reading