Mike McCleary Criminal Charges Dismissed

Charges against the second McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Investigator have been dismissed by Rockford Judge Joseph McGraw. His name is Mike McCleary. Arguments were made for dismissal by his Rockford attorney Christopher DeRango. You can read the judge’s questions on … Continue reading

Judge Joseph McGraw’s Oral Ruling on Lou Bianchi & Joyce Synek Case

Below is what Judge Joseph McGraw ruled in the criminal trial of McHenry County State’s Attorney and his assistant Joyce Synek: STATE OF ILLINOIS) ) SS: COUNTY OF McHENRY) IN THE TWENTY-SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT McHENRY COUNTY, ILLINOIS THE PEOPLE OF … Continue reading

What Led to the Directed Verdicts of Acquittal in Lou Bianchi’s and Joyce Synek’s Criminal Cases

A U.S. Marshal told me he had spent three years sitting in courtrooms and never seen a directed verdict. I’ve seen one. It was when my 1982 Skinner for Congress campaign manager sued because I didn’t pay what he thought … Continue reading

“No nephew in trouble. Never met this young man,” Bianchi Says of Indictment Count Charging Familial Favoritism

In McHenry County Blog’s main story on Special Prosecutor Henry Tonigan’s second indictment of McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi, the last count accuses Bianchi of doing a favor for his “nephew.” That’s right, the word is in quotes. That’s … Continue reading