Donna Kelly Leaving State’s Attorney’s Office

A press release from McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi: DONNA KATHRYN KELLY, FIRST ASSISTANT STATE’S ATTORNEY, RESIGNS TO PURSUE NEW OPPORTUNITY Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, regretfully announces that, effective August 4, 2016, Donna Kathryn Kelly will … Continue reading

Kelly Gallagher Named Victim/Witness Coordinator

A press release from McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi: KELLY GALLAGHER JOINS THE MCHENRY COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE AS A VICTIM/WITNESS COORDINATOR Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, is pleased to announce that Kelly Gallagher has joined the office as … Continue reading

Cathy Ferguson Approved for 708 Board on 16-8 County Board Vote, Hill Reverses Course on Pulling Sandy Salgado Off Public Health Committee

McHenry County Board Chairwoman Tina Hill got her way on who will be appointed to the McHenry County 708 Mental Health Board Tuesday night. But she backed away from dumping Sandy Salgado from the Public Health and Human Services Committee … Continue reading

Ninety Attend State’s Attorney’s Ethics Seminar for Public Officials

About ninety public officials and citizens attended McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s Ethics Seminar Thursday night at McHenry County College. Speakers and their topis were Matt Rogina from the Attorney General’s office spoke on the Illinois Freedom of Information … Continue reading

County Board Decides Not to Muddy Jack Franks’ County Czar Waters

There was a long debate over whether the County Board should put a referendum on the fall ballot asking voters is they wanted to elect the County Board Chairman in an at-large election. Before that several citizens provided input. District … Continue reading

Sheriff Nygren Out of Case Seeking Special Prosecutor to Investigate Allegations of “Felony Theft, Official Misconduct and Misappropriation of Funds”

Zane Seipler won a victory over former employer Sheriff Keith Nygren Thursday. Nygren is the man who fired Seipler and against whom Seipler ran unsuccessfully in the Republican primary election almost two years ago, plus filed a wrongful termination action … Continue reading

Zane Seipler Asks State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi Be Ordered to Answer Avoided Deposition Question

McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi could be ordered to tell the public whether he ever investigated Sheriff Keith Nygren for “criminal conduct,” if Blake Horwitz, Zane Seipler’s attorney in his effort to get Judge Thomas Meyer to name a … Continue reading

Bianchi Deposition in Zane Seipler Special Prosecutor Trial – Part 4

This is the final section of a long article about the deposition of McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi, primarily by former Deputy Sheriff Zane Seipler. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here. Seipler has … Continue reading

Bianchi Deposition in Zane Seipler Special Prosecutor Trial – Part 3

Mark Gummerson, personal attorney for McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren took over the questioning in the deposition of McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi. This is the third part of a four-part article concerning that despoliation which Judge Thomas Meyer … Continue reading

Bianchi Deposition in Zane Seipler Special Prosecutor Trial – Part 2

Yesterday McHenry County Blog ran Part 1 of a long article on Zane Seipler’s lawyer Blake Horwitz’ questioning of McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi under oath. Also present were attorneys Donna Kelly, representing Bianchi, Mark Gummerson, representing Keith Nygren … Continue reading

Bianchi Deposition in Zane Seipler Special Prosecutor Trial – Part 1

In looking over a copy of the deposition of McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi in the case brought by former Deputy Sheriff Zane Seipler asking for a Special Prosecutor to be named to probe whether Sheriff Keith Nygren used … Continue reading

New Attorney Makes Appearance in Case Seeking Nygren Special Prosecutor

For the first time, former Deputy Sheriff Zane Seipler didn’t have attorney Blake Horwitz representing him. Local attorney Robert Hanlon entered his appearance on the motion by Horwitz to sanction Mark Gummerson, Nygren’s personal attorney, for Gummerson’s behavior during the … 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

Chicago Tribune Endorses Mary Schostok and Ann Jorgensen for Appellate Court

The only candidates that I have seen campaigning for the 2nd Appellate Court were endorsed today by the Chicago Tribune. Mary Schostok, who held a fund raiser in Crystal Lake Thursday night, and Ann Jorgensen, who was Schostok’s “special guest” … Continue reading

McHenry County’s Donna Kelly Running for Appellate Court Judgeship

The following press release just popped into my in box. It pretty much speaks for itself. Donna Kelly’s web site can be found here. Donna Kathryn Kelly Announces Candidacy For 2nd District Appellate Court 13-County District Includes McHenry County CRYSTAL LAKE, … Continue reading

McHenry County State’s Attorney forms Special Gang Prosecution Unit

The following press release has been received from the office of McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi: STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE ANNOUNCESTHE FORMATION OFA SPECIAL PROSECUTION GANG UNIT McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis A. Bianchi announces the implementation of a Gang … Continue reading