Judge Meyer Rules Nygren & Leist Get Attorney for Zinke DEA Investigation Report Case

Judge Thomas Meyer ruled Friday morning that McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren and his legal affairs officer Don Leist will have an appointed attorney to represent them in The First Electric Newspaper‘s suit to make public an over 100-page investigatory … Continue reading

Judge Seems to Threaten Keith Nygren (Defending Andy Zinke) and Don Leist with Decision in Freedom of Information Suit

According to Pete Gonigam in a First Electric Newspaper story, Judge Thomas Meyer seems to be getting perturbed by his inability to find an attorney on a public payroll to take Keith Nygren’s side in refusing to release an over … Continue reading

Other Views of the Common Core Meeting at McHenry County College

Algonquin Township Trustee and Republican Precinct Committeeman Larry Emery attended Congressman Randy Hultgren’s Common Core Summit Wednesday and jotted down his thoughts on his blog. “Common Core: Let the Debate begin (a few years late)!” is the title of his … Continue reading

Nygren & Zinke Fear Release of Zinke Investigation on RITA Incident

On Tuesday, Pete Gonigam and his First Electric Newspaper were in court again in the question to gain access to the 100+ page investigation of Undersheriff Andy Zinke’s involvement in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s investigation concerning RTIA Corporation. Of most interest … Continue reading

Suit Seeking to Force Keith Nygren to Follow Attorney General’s FOIA Recommendation to Release 100-Page Zinke DEA Report Delayed

First Electric Newspaper Editor Pete Gonigam filed a Freedom of Information request with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department seeking documents about the investigation of Undersheriff Andy Zinke’s telling someone whose firm was getting a delivery which was apparently subject of … Continue reading

First Electric Newspaper Details Bob Bless’ Termination by Cook County Sheriff’s Department

Pete Gonigam at the First Electric Newspaper reports that former McHenry County Board member Robert Bless has been let go by the Cook County Sheriff’s Department. That county’s Merit Commission, which apparently actually has meetings, unlike the McHenry County Sheriff’s … Continue reading

First Electric Newspaper Learns Undersheriff Andy Zinke Misconduct Exoneration Made by Campaign Supporter Sheriff Keith Nygren

When the announcement was made to the Northwest Herald that Underheriff Andy Zinke had been cleared of wrongdoing when he told a subject about a Drug Enforcement Administration probe, it sounded more than a little fishy. Pete Gonigam, who publishes … Continue reading

The Deputy Sheriff Greg Pyle Story Unfolds – 10 Counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault

My guess is that Chicago media will be reporting on the arrest of McHenry County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Greg Pyle on, maybe even before, Monday. Ten counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault, according to Illinois State Police Spokesperson Monique Bond. … Continue reading

Rumor That Brown Resigning as Grafton Township Auditor Not Confirmed by Supv. Linda Moore

The following is a press release from Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore: There has been a request by Pete Gonigam of the First Electric Newspaper for my response to the resignation of Wayne Brown from performing the 2009-2010 township audit. … Continue reading

Ancel Glink’s March Bill to Grafton Township – Part 7

This article covers the third page of the $18,000.73 bill from the Grafton Township law firm Ancel Glink for services regarding the Separation of Powers suit filed by Supervisor Linda Moore against the four Township Trustees.  We are now on … Continue reading

Attorney General Probing Grafton Township Trustees’ “Back of the Room” Instruction for Photographers and Anyone Videoing or Tape Recording Meetings

After three Grafton Township Trustees passed a motion (Supervisor Linda Moore voting, “No”) to restrict me to the back of the room with my camera, not to mention Moore’s husband David, who unobtrusively videos the meeting from the front row, … Continue reading

Chicagoland Foreign Investment Group Sends SportsPlex Investment Letter

The December 1, 2009, letter you see below was given to McHenry County officials on January 29, 2010, according to the date stamped on it. The Chicagoland Foreign Investment Group, known for short as the EB-5 company, pledges to provide … Continue reading

So, You Want to Know More about the Lakewood SportsPlex?

Here’s the first of a series of article that Pete Gonigam has written for his First Electric Newspaper. It’s entitled, FEN Finds Possible Problems for Proposed SportsPlex You can read about and see the Prairie Grove maraschino cherry processing plant … Continue reading

State’s Attorney’s Office Says Trustees’ Boycott of Township Meeting Did Not Violate Open Meetings Act; Linda Moore Suggests Deeper Probe

As reported by McHenry County Blog November 12th, the four Grafton Township Trustees who wanted to build a new township hall, but didn’t want to ask the public for permission in a referendum, boycotted a township meeting. Township Supervisor Linda … Continue reading

More on the Marc Munaretto $66,000 Grafton Township Commission Check

Pete Gonigam of the First Electric Newspaper got Marc Munaretto to talk to him about the $66,000 commission paid him by Grafton Township when Supervisor John Rossi and the trustees sold the Grafton Hall to the Grafton Township Road District. … Continue reading

Brent Smith Featured on Crystal Lake Democrat’s Blog

Crystal Lake’s Patrick Murfin writes the blog “Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout”An Eclectic Journal of Opinion, Poetry, and General Bloviating He also ran for Nunda Township Trustee this past spring with running mate Meredith Reid Sarkees. Even though the … Continue reading