Prosecution of Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen Withstands Directed Verdict Motion for Dismissal

Arising out of the two criminal prosecutions of McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi for official misconduct, among other charges, was a motion by Bianchi to hold Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen in indirect criminal contempt of court. Prosecuted by Bianchi … Continue reading

Lou Bianchi’s Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen’s Trial for Indirect Contempt of Court Wednesday

It’s been a long time coming, but McHenry County Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen goes to trial before Winnebago Chief Judge Joseph McGraw in his Winnebago County Courthouse Courtroom Wednesday at 9 AM. The saga began, some believe, when Dan Regna … Continue reading

Indirect Criminal Contempt Proceedings Against State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen & Quest Investigators Close to Trial

Winnebago County Chief Judge Joseph McGraw ruled against McHenry County Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen in his and Quest International’s requests to stop the criminal contempt proceedings brought as a result of McQueen’s and Henry Tonigan’s criminal prosecution of McHenry County … Continue reading

Bianchi’s Amended Chicago Federal Court Filing

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS, EASTERN DIVISION LOUIS A. BIANCHI, JOYCE A. SYNEK, RONALD J. SALGADO, and MICHAEL J. McCLEARY Plaintiffs, v. No.: 12-cv-00364 THOMAS K. MCQUEEN, DANIEL JERGER, ROBERT SCIGALSKI, JAMES REILLY, … Continue reading

Bianchi on the Attack in Rockford

This morning in Rockford’s Winnebago County Courthouse, lawyers showed up for both Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen and the Quest investigators. They were there to fend off contempt of court charges bought by McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi. Judge Joseph … Continue reading

Tonigan Settles with Bianchi, et al

This non-lawyer thought the recent U.S. Supreme Court case about how prosecutors have immunity would result in the tossing of the case against Special Prosecutors Henry Tonigan & Thomas McQueen (plus Quest, their investigatory firm). Brought by Terry Ekl on … Continue reading

Neither Bianchi Nor Nygren Use Campaign Funds for Legal Expenses

Two local official holders in opposite factions of the McHenry County Republican Party have had legal expenses in the last half year, McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi and McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren. We know where Bianchi’s legal fees … Continue reading

An Over Million Dollar Offer the County Board Can’t Refuse

The Northwest Herald’s Kevin Craver had an exclusive yesterday about a deal being considered by the McHenry County Board to dig itself out of the financial hole its unquestioning members have dug. Without demanding detailed bills from Judge Gordon Graham, … Continue reading

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

Over the last week or so, McHenry County Blog has laid out the bills submitted by Quest International, the investigative firm hired by Special Prosecutors Henry Tonigan and Thomas McQueen in its failed mission to convict McHenry County State’s Attorney … Continue reading

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

There was more money billed the Special Prosecutors of McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi in June than in May. Submitted to Henry Tonigan and Thomas McQueen was an invoice for $9,091.65. That includes hourly billing at $135 per hour, … Continue reading