Quest Asks Judge Joseph McGraw to Recuse Himself from Lou Bianchi Contempt Effort

The following is the court filing by Robert Scigalski and Patrick Hanretty of Quest Consultants International asking that Judge Joseph McGraw recuse himself in McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s attempt to have the two and Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen … 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 Chicago – Part 1

Not only was McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s legal team on the attack in Rockford, but papers were filed in Chicago in his Federal suit now against Thomas K. McQueen Daniel Jerger Robert Scigalski James Reilly Patrick Hanretty Richard … 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

Bianchi’s Federal Suit against Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen, Quest Dismissed

It didn’t make the print edition of the Chicago Tribune today, but the internet edition yesterday carried a story by Robert McCoppin telling of Federal Judge Robert Dow, Jr.’s dismissal of McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s suit against Henry … Continue reading

Focusing on Lou Bianchi’s Motion to Hold Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen, et al, in Contempt of Court – Part 1

Monday was the first hearing on McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s motion to hold Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen and two of his investigators in contempt of court. I asked Bianchi attorney Terry Ekl what happened. “Basically, nothing,” he replied. … Continue reading

Special Prosecutor Request – Second Verse, Same as the First – with a U.S. Attorney Twist

My battery died last night, so I missed the hearing in which Sgt. John Koziol was asking Judge Thomas Meyer to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate Undersheriff Andy Zinke’s alleged misdeed with reference to a Drug Enforcement Administration  probe … Continue reading

John Koziol’s Request for a Special Prosecutor to Probe Andy Zinke in Court Today

McHenry County Sheriff’s Sgt. John Koziol’s request for Judge Thomas Meyer to name a Special Prosecutor to investigate the charges laid out early last week about Undersheriff Andy Zinke is on tap this morning. If you have not yet read … Continue reading

Lou Bianchi’s Case against Those Who Persecuted Him – Part 5

This is the fifth and final installment of Lou Bianchi’s attorney Terry Ekl’s 49-page First Amended Complaint in the Federal Court suit the McHenry County State’s Attorney and his employees who were indicted in case with insufficient evidence brought against … Continue reading

Lou Bianchi’s Case against Those Who Persecuted Him – Part 4

We are moving on to Part 4–roughly pages 30-40–of Lou Bianchi attorney Terry Ekl’s First Amended Complaint against Special Prosecutors Henry Tonigan and Thomas McQueen, their investigative firm Quest Consultants International and others. From the title above paragraph 124, one … Continue reading

Lou Bianchi’s Case against Those Who Persecuted Him – Part 3

Here is the third installment of the posting of attorney Terry Ekl’s First Amended Complaint against Special Prosecutors Henry Tonigan, his assistant Thomas McQueen, Quest Consultants International, et al.  Here are Part 1 and Part 2. Tonigan settled with Bianchi, … 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

McHenry County Drops Sanctions Effort against Zane Seipler

McHenry County Deputy Sheriff Zane Seipler’s attorney Blake Horwitz looked a bit like a cat that had swallowed the canary after the Monday hearing on Special Assistant State’s Attorney Bill Caldwell’s motion for sanctions. Judge Thomas Meyer suggested Caldwell might … Continue reading

Judge Meyer Suggests Caldwell Take Sanctions Motion Back to County Board

Although McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler seems to have made the decision on his own to seek sanctions against Zane Seipler and his attorney Blake Horwitz for seeking a Special Prosecutor to probe whether Sheriff Keith Nygren used tax … Continue reading

Bill Caldwell’s Motion for Sanctions Against Zane Seipler in Special Prosecutor Case

You’ve heard of Special Assistant State’s Attorney Bill Caldwell’s motion seeking to have Zane Seipler and his attorney Blake Horwitz pay for the cost of defending McHenry County in Zane Seipler’s case seeking a Special Prosecutor to investigate Sheriff Keith … Continue reading

Legislative Update from St. Rep. Mike Tryon

An email from Mike Tryon about the next-to-the-last week in Springfield: Key legislation was debated and voted on last week in the General Assembly. Here is an update of some of the more noteworthy items: Bill to Curb use of … Continue reading

Some Thoughts on McHenry County’s Attempt to Collect Legal Fees from Sheriff’s Deputy Zane Seipler for his Attempt to Obtain a Special Prosecutor to Investigate Sheriff Keith Nygren

I don’t know whether “Smooth Operator” is an attorney or not, but the comments posted below the story McHenry County Suit against Zane Seipler Seeks British Solution Let’s ferret out how a this lawsuit would theoretically work and progress. Filing. … Continue reading

Nygren Special Prosecutor Headlines

Just for fun I looked at the headlines of publications that wrote stories on Judge Thomas Meyer’s denial of Deputy Sheriff Zane Seipler’s request for a Special Prosecutor to investigation criminal allegations against McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren. On the … Continue reading

Sheriff Keith Nygren Off Special Prosecutor Hook, State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi Given Permission to Fish

Associate Judge Thomas Meyer ruled Wednesday that no Special Prosecutor was needed to probe alleged criminal activity of McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren. He also ruled that the fears of McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi that he might lose … Continue reading

Judge Thomas Meyer Set to Rule on Zane Seipler’s Effort to Get Special Prosecutor Named to Probe Sheriff Keith Nygren’s Alleged Use of Taxpayer Money on His Campaign

At 10 o’clock in Associate Judge Thomas Meyer’s courtroom Wednesday, a decision is scheduled to be handed down in what has become known as the “Nygren Special Prosecutor” case. It’s pretty clear that Judge Meyer could come down on either … Continue reading