Seipler Request for Special Prosecutor for Sheriff Nygren Drags On, Caldwell Signals Appeal If Approved by Judge

Yesterday’s court hearing before Judge Thomas Meyer on former McHenry County Deputy Sheriff Zane Seipler’s request that a Special Prosecutor be named to probe whether Sheriff Keith Nygren used taxpayer dollars to advance his political ambitions resulted in another delay. … Continue reading

Second Verse, Same as the First – Up to Bianchi Now

The case brought by former Deputy Sheriff and then-candidate for Sheriff Zane Seipler against McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren shortly before the Republican primary election is still dragging on. As I sat through Wednesday’s hearing, the line from Herman Hermits’ … Continue reading

Who Said He “Would Welcome an Investigation?”

The date was October 20th. The year was 2007. The source was the Northwest Herald. An article by Brandon Coutre and Regan Foster. The story’s title? “AG: No complain filed.” Subhead: “LeFew, Bianchi spar over expenses allegations.” It was a … Continue reading

Sheriff Keith Nygren Hires Mark Gummerson to Defend Him in Zane Seipler’s Special Prosecutor Case

I guess the Thursday Northwest Herald editorial calling for the dismissal of former Republican primary candidate Zane Seipler’s request that a Special Prosecutor be named to investigate whether or not Keith Nygren used taxpayer resources to advance his political agenda … Continue reading

Attorney Jason Smiekel’s New Lawyers Fail to Convince Judge to Release Him

Woodstock defense attorney Mark Gummerson was the man that Algonquin attorney Jason Smiekel got to represent him when Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives arrested him in a murder-for-hire plot the first week of August. Gummerson … Continue reading

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Report on Phil Pagano’s Suicide

What follows is what the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department provided when I filed a Freedom of Information Report for the report on Metra Executive Director Phil Pagano’s suicide. The farther down you got, the more interesting it gets. One suicide … Continue reading

Contested Precinct Committeeman Races

The post of party precinct committeeman is usually not contested. One doesn’t get compensated. If one writes a precinct letter, one has to dip into one’s own pocket to pay for it. Look at the bottom of the sample ballots … Continue reading

Shepley Competes with Partisan Candidates for Money

Starting out with almost $6,900 at mid-year just 14 months after being re-elected Crystal Lake’s mayor, Aaron Shepley held a fund raiser anyway. He raised $7,800 before fund raising expenses for his golf outing. Contributors consisted of the following: $1,200 … Continue reading

Shepley Competes with Partisan Candidates for Money

Starting out with almost $6,900 at mid-year just 14 months after being re-elected Crystal Lake’s mayor, Aaron Shepley held a fund raiser anyway. He raised $7,800 before fund raising expenses for his golf outing. Contributors consisted of the following: $1,200 … Continue reading

Pathetic Fillings for GOP Precinct Committeeman – 59% Vacant

How do you spell pathetic? “R E P U B L I C A N” That’s what came to mind when I looked at the spreadsheet showing which precincts had people filed to run for Republican precinct committeeman as of … Continue reading

Pathetic Fillings for GOP Precinct Committeeman – 59% Vacant

How do you spell pathetic? “R E P U B L I C A N” That’s what came to mind when I looked at the spreadsheet showing which precincts had people filed to run for Republican precinct committeeman as of … Continue reading