Prim Cleans Up Military Surplus Property Mess

Kevin Craver of the Northwest Herald doesn’t use that word in his Saturday article: Some McHenry County agencies returning military surplus vehicles amid increased scrutiny Northwest Herald Several local governments that got vehicles under the previous McHenry County Sheriff’s administration … 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

County Defense Costs on Milliman Wrongful Termination Case Mounting

Former Deputy Sheriff Scott Milliman filed a wrongful termination suit against the Keith Nygren Sheriff’s regime. The lawyer’s fees started for McHenry County in August, 2011. They have been getting higher every month. Most of the legal fees have gone … Continue reading

Nygren Bank Statements, etc., from 2006-12 Destroyed

New information finds that the 2006-2012 bank statements, ledgers and support documents were destroyed along with other jail documents. Not to worry though. The destruction was “accidental.” For what it’s worth, that’s not what an anonymous letter to me said, … Continue reading

$5,000 Fine for Nygren’s “Willful” Refusal to Comply with FOIA Request

According to Pete Gonigam’s article on Thursday’s Freedom of Information Act hearing on attorney’s fees, there was an additional $5,000 fine ordered by Judge Thomas Meyer. It was levied “against the Sheriff’s Office last month for ‘willfully’ withholding the report,” Gonigam … Continue reading

Sheriff Nygren’s Campaign Protection of Zinke Costs Taxpayers $78,000

$78,299.96 to be exact. That’s what it will cost taxpayers because former McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren refused to provide information that a decision of the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Division said he should make available under the Freedom … 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

Prim Cutting Expenses

During the campaign for Sheriff, Bill Prim consistently told audiences that he intended to cut that department’s budget. Now figures are in for the first seven months on Prim’s administration. “Administration” contains Patrol, Dispatch, Detectives, Civil Process, Records and Administrative … 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

Sheriff’s Office Spending Less

I asked the Sheriff’s Department to compare expenditures this year with a year ago. Business Manager Sandy Salgado compared expenditures for December, January and through the 20th of February for 2014 and 2015. The amount spent was $1 million less … Continue reading