McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi, et al, Sue Special Prosecutors Tonigan & McQueen, plus Quest Consultants, et al, Plus “Unknown Conspirators”

The suit that had been virtually promised by McHenry County State Lou Bianchi during the two trials brought by Special Prosecutors Henry Tonigan and Thomas McQueen has been filed in Federal Court. It outlines fifteen counts, which I’ll wade through … Continue reading

County Compares Potential Costs to Benefits and Decides to Pay $275,000 to Bianchi’s and Synek’s Attorneys

Without admitting liability, the McHenry County Board voted 18-3 to pay Terry Ekl and Ernest DiBenedetto $275,000 to settle claims of over $600,000 in legal fees and expenses to defend State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi and his assistant Joyce Synek. That … Continue reading

Bianchi Supporters File Illinois Supreme Court Challenge to Judge Graham’s Refusal to Reveal Special Prosecutor Records

In a motion filed with the Illinois Supreme Court, Attorney Terry Ekl asks that documents kept secret by McHenry County Circuit Court Judge Gordon Graham be made public. Ekl is representing a group of supporters of McHenry County State’s Attorney … Continue reading

An Over Million Dollar Offer the County Board Can’t Refuse

The Northwest Herald’s Kevin Craver had an exclusive yesterday about a deal being considered by the McHenry County Board to dig itself out of the financial hole its unquestioning members have dug. Without demanding detailed bills from Judge Gordon Graham, … 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

Chicago Coverage of Lou Bianchi’s Vindication

The Chicago Tribune thought McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s trial was a big deal. There were three reporters, plus a photographer assigned to cover the charges–only one argued in Assistant Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen’s closing arguments–that Bianchi committed multiple … Continue reading

Special Prosecutor Henry Tonigan Tries to Get Out of His Job by Petitioning Rockford Judge

Special Prosecutor Henry Tonigan tried to get McHenry County Circuit Judge Gordon Graham to pull the plug on his assignment to prosecute McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi. Judge Graham pointed out that the McHenry County Board had appealed his … Continue reading

Terry Ekl Letter to Thomas McQueen which Prompted McQueen’s Request to Withdraw from Lou Bianchi Prosecution

It is not a secret that McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s defense attorney Terry Ekl holds Special Prosecutors Henry Tonigan and Thomas McQueen in low esteem. He has compared them to Abbott and Costello last Friday, saying that such … Continue reading

Just When You Thought the Lou Bianchi Prosecution Could Get No Weirder, Thomas McQueen Asks to be Relieved of his Role as Special Prosecutor

Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen has filed a motion before Circuit Court Judge Gordon Graham, apparently Tuesday, to withdraw as the main man going after McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi. Previously, the Special Prosecutor first appointed by then-Associate Judge Gordon … Continue reading