Dirty Hebron Cop Gets Four Years

A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office: FORMER HEBRON POLICE OFFICER RYSZARD KOPACZ SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS FOR AGGRAVATED POSSESSION OF STOLEN FIREARMS AND OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that Ryszard Kopacz, 32, of … Continue reading

Harvard’s Milk Day Day Parade with Emphasis on Politics – Part 1

I attended my first Milk Day Parade since I served the area in the 1970’s in the Illinois General Assembly Before the parade, I noticed petitions being passed for the Independent candidacy of Jim Harrison for Sheriff. Libertarian candidate for … Continue reading

Police at McHenry County Deputy Sheriff Greg Pyle’s Home

A friend of McHenry County Blog told me that police officers were inside recently arrested McHenry County Sheriff Sgt. Greg Pyle’s home. That was just before 2 PM. It took me a long time to find the address, 1,566 Autumncrest, … Continue reading

The Deputy Sheriff Greg Pyle Story Unfolds – 10 Counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault

My guess is that Chicago media will be reporting on the arrest of McHenry County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Greg Pyle on, maybe even before, Monday. Ten counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault, according to Illinois State Police Spokesperson Monique Bond. … Continue reading

Anatomy of the Special Prosecutor’s Lou Bianchi Case for March, 2011

Today McHenry County blog looks at March, 2011, billings from Quest International. Quest is the company selected by McHenry County Special Prosecutor Henry Tonigan in his unsuccessful quest to convict McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi of felony criminal offenses. … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Oriole Street Resident Cassidy Villarreal Arrested on Narcotics Charge

A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department: On Friday, July 22, 2011 members of the Crystal Lake Police Targeted Response Unit, in conjunction with the Illinois State Police North Central Narcotics Task Force and the McHenry County Sheriff’s … Continue reading

Net Appears to be Closing on Prostitution Ring

First it was prostitution arrests in Hampshire and Crystal Lake. The Illinois State Police were called in.  Turns out it was the Illinois State Police North Central Narcotics Task Force. When I asked for details, I got very few about … Continue reading

BGA Says Sheriff’s Department Being Investigated by State Police

After reprising the indictment of McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi and Metra, which the Better Government Association says has been “long the domain of McHenry County Republicans,” in an article today. “The State Police (has) launch(ed) an investigation into … Continue reading

Chili’s and Williams Street Tap Fail Alcohol Sales to Minors Test

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, Crystal Lake Police and Illinois State Police Zone 1 conducted Alcohol Compliance Enforcement (ACE) checks on establishments that are licensed to sell alcoholic beverages within the City limits. During these A.C.E. details, undercover officers and … Continue reading

Sheriff Tom Dart Targets “Johns”

Going after the family vote, I suppose, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is conducting a highly publicized campaign against “Johns,” the customers of prostitutes. It must be a bigger problem than in McHenry County. And, anyway the Illinois State Police … Continue reading

Witness Says State Police Didn’t Contact Him about Sheriff’s Department Incident with Pavlins

Yesterday I was frustrated because someone in the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department or the Illinois State Police apparently released information about a State Police probe of the way Keith Nygren’s dealt with Crystal Lake seniors Jerome and Carla Pavlin. The … Continue reading

Part 2 – The Highest Paid State Employees in McHenry County

Yesterday, we showed you the twenty highest state employees living in McHenry County. Today we look at the next twenty and we get under the $100,000 level. The information originated in the Illinois State Comptroller’s Office and was put online … Continue reading

Bianchi’s Ex-Secretary Says She Did Campaign Work on County Time

Daily Herald reporter Chuck Keeshan is reporting today that former McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s secretary, now NIU student Amy Dalby, stole office computer files to be able to defend herself, “should anyone later claim she was part of … Continue reading

Bianchi Offers Statement on Indictment of Former Office Secretary

The two daily Heralds, both of which have courthouse reporters, have been covering a reprise of the Republican primary election campaign for McHenry County State’s Attorney between incumbent Lou Bianchi and challenger Dan Regna. Bianchi got 56.7%. Among other charges … Continue reading

Woodstock Residence Deaths Continued for Two Years

by Pete Gonigam In late 2006 Illinois State Police investigated a complaint of unusual deaths at the Woodstock Residence nursing home. Within two weeks they identified a primary suspect and had her removed from duty. If they had the right … Continue reading