Mental Health Board Protects Taxpayers by Making Pioneer Center Subsidies Monthly, Instead of Lump Sum

I couldn’t make it to the 708 Mental Health Board meeting last night, but Pete Gonigam of The First Electric Newspaper did. He reports what is in the headline, plus more. You can find his article here. A “bridge loan” … Continue reading

County Ready to Settle Nygren Freedom of Information Suit re Zinke Report with First Electric Newspaper – $104,000 in Legal Fees

Pete Gonigam, Publisher of the First Electric Newspaper, sued McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nyrgen when the former top cop refused to release the report about an investigation of his Chief Deputy and chosen replacement Andy Zinke. Mary Gardner was Gonigam’s … Continue reading

Payment for Zinke FOI Case Near

When former Sheriff Keith Nygren refused to release his report exonerating his Undersheriff Andy Zinke in his dealings with an executive of Rita Corporation, First Electric Newspaper Publisher Pete Gonigam took him to court. Gonigam had an Illinois Attorney General’s … Continue reading

First Electric Newspaper Awarded $5,000 for Sheriff Keith Nygren’s FOIA Violation

As I pointed out earlier, First Electric Newspaper’s Pete Gonigam’s article of Judge Thomas Meyer’s ruling in his Freedom of Information Suit against Keith Nygren’s Sheriff’s Office is a must read. Gonigam is in line for a $5,000 check from … Continue reading

Must Read: FEN’s “Judge Fines Sheriff’s Office For Withholding Zinke Report”

The Republican primary election for McHenry County Sheriff took place over a year ago, but a blatantly political act by former Sheriff Keith Nygren to protect his chosen successor, Undersheriff Andy Zinke, has resulted in Judge Thomas Meyer’s handing out … Continue reading

Zinke Exoneration Summary Reported by First Electric Newspaper

The First Electric Newspaper’s Editor, Pete Gonigam, got half a loaf in response to this Freedom of Information request and suit yesterday. Gonigam sought a report prepared by Donald Leist about an “investigation clearing former Undersheriff Andy Zinke of violating … Continue reading

Pete Gonigam’s Article on Zinke Report Decision

The reporting on Thursday’s court hearing before Judge Thomas Meyer by The First Electric Newspaper Editor and Publisher Pete Gonigam is worth reading. You can find his comments on the Freedom of Information Act case about the former Sheriff Keith … Continue reading

Gonigam Gets Permission to See Summary of Zinke Exoneration Report

Because the sound system is so bad, I can’t be sure what was said in the courtroom of Thomas Meyer Thursday morning. But I think he ruled that the Sheriff’s Office had waived its right to use an excuse in … Continue reading

Tribune Writes Up Sheriff’s Race

Friday after Tuesday’s election, the Chicago Tribune published a story about the Bill Prim-Andy Zinke Sheriff’s contest. At one point far into the article reporter Bob McCoppin focused on the impact of bloggers. Lou Bianchi answered, “Did bloggers have an … Continue reading

First Electric Newspaper Trying to Prove NWH Got Copy of Nygren’s Zinke DEA Tip-off Exoneration Report

The First Electric Newspaper was in Judge Thomas Meyer’s courtroom again Friday trying to pry the Andy Zinke exoneration report out of McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren’s hands. Quoting himself, Publisher Pet Gonigan says, “In November the paper editorialized that … Continue reading

Nygren and Zinke Smiling over Pending RITA Decision

According to Pete Gonigan’s First Electric Newspaper and other sources, McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren was exuding confidence after the latest hearing on the paper’s Freedom of Information suit. He and others apparently think Judge Thomas Meyer will protect Nygrn’s … Continue reading

Nygren Maintains Zinke RITA Charges “Unsubstantiated”

That is what The First Electric Newspaper reports is contained in an affidavit filed by McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren last Friday. Editor Pete Gonigan summarizes the case like this: “Almost a year and a half ago the Sheriff’s then-narcotics … Continue reading

The First Electric Newspaper’s Case for Making Sheriff’s Department’s Report on Andy Zinke’s Rita Corp. Actions Public

Here’s something to chew on for the weekend. It’s attorney Mary Gardner’s memo on behalf of The First Electric Newspaper‘s attempt to enforce a Freedom of Information request filed for the investigative report by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department’s exonerating … Continue reading

Bianchi to Represent Nygren in Zinke Exoneration Freedom of Information Case

That was my takeaway from the hearing in Judge Thomas Meyer’s courtroom today. To put it in terms contained in the law book and an Illinois Supreme Court ruling, the lawyer for the Sheriff’s Department is the State’s Attorney. The … Continue reading