State’s Attorney Candidate Patrick Kenneally Refects on Impact of Crime

At the end of his speech to contributors at the Boulder Hill Country Club last Thursday night, Republican State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally spoke of the effects of crime on families of the law breaker. Reflecting on the Multi-Generational Effects … Continue reading

State’s Attornty Candidate Patrick Kenneally Criticizes Criminal Justice “Reform” Movement

Below are the notes and speech of Republican candidate for McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally. Welcome to everyone and thank you all for doing me the honor of attending. Begin by acknowledging every past and present member of law enforcement … Continue reading

State’s Attorney’s $75,000 Settlement Runs into Rough Waters

When Assistant State’s Attorney George Hoffman came before the McHenry County Finance and Audit Committee Thursday morning for permission to settle the suit filed by former Assistant State’s Attorney Kirk Chrzanowski for $75,000, he made a cost-benefit argument. He estimated that … Continue reading

Donna Kelly Leaving State’s Attorney’s Office

A press release from McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi: DONNA KATHRYN KELLY, FIRST ASSISTANT STATE’S ATTORNEY, RESIGNS TO PURSUE NEW OPPORTUNITY Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, regretfully announces that, effective August 4, 2016, Donna Kathryn Kelly will … Continue reading

County Settles Retaliatory Discharge Suit against State’s Attorney for $75,000

The retaliatory discharge case of Kirk Chrzanowski against the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office was settled today for $75,000. The guts of the case claims that Assistant State’s Attorney Kirk Chrzanowski was fired by McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi … Continue reading

Democrats Chose Ray Flavin to Challenge Pat Kenneally for State’s Attorney

With their slated candidate for McHenry County State’s Attorney Jim Harrison having withdrawn (to care for his ailing mother, according to the Northwest Herald), McHenry County Democrats have decided to run Ray Flavin for the post. The Democrats met behind … Continue reading

Bianchi Suit Against Special Prosecutor McQueen Reinstated by Appellate Court

Your homework for today is to read the 2nd Appellate Court decision reinstating McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s suit against one of the Special Prosecutors who indicted him on criminal charges that were so weak that they were tossed … Continue reading

County Board Blanches Open Meetings Act Suit Boil

Using a cost-benefit approach, an 18-4 vote of the McHenry County Board settled a suit brought by Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers over an alleged violation of the Open Meetings Act when the majority of a … Continue reading

Bianchi Withdraws Motion for County Board IMRF Special Prosecutor

McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi has withdrawn his motion asking Judge Thomas Meyer whether a Special Prosecutor should be appointed to investigate whether criminal charges should be filed against County Board members who signed certificates saying the position “normally … Continue reading

Bianchi Asks Judge Whether Special Prosecutor Needed for Franks’ County Board IMRF Pension Elilgibility Allegations

When I heard that the McHenry County State’s Attorney had filed a motion concerning the County Board pension issue with Judge Thomas Meyer, I sent Lou Bianchi the following email: I have told that the office filed a motion with … Continue reading

Kenneally-Wilbrandt Each Pay for Half of Mailing

We’ve seen candidates group together to put out mailings before. Most recently, what I am calling the “Red Team” because of the color of most of their signs, went together to finance a mailing featuring State Rep. Mike Tryon’s endorsement … Continue reading

Johnsburg GOP St. Pat’s Event May Turn into Steve Reick Rally

With all the hit pieces this past week against Steve, Reick, the real Republican candidate running for the GOP nomination for State Rep., it occurs to me that the McHenry Township Republican Party’s St. Patrick Day Meet & Greet and … Continue reading

Kenneally Mails Fourth Piece

McHenry County State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally doesn’t seem to be taking anything for granted. I think his fourth post card–a big one–arrive yesterday. The back compares Kenneally’s qualifications with those of his opponent, who is unnamed, on the followed … Continue reading

Demetri Makes Fourth Mailing

In the fourth mailing on behalf of his candidacy for Circuit Court Judge, Demetri Tsilimigras unrolls a list of endorsements. On the address side, he promises to “adhere to the highest ethical standards and enforce the law equally–without prejudice, bias … Continue reading