McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren’s GOP primary opponent Zane Seipler is seeking to have a special prosecutor named to investigate whether the Sheriff has used taxpayer dollars to advance his political campaigns.
The hearing is September 28th.
Today, Seipler’s attorney, Blake Horwitz, held a press conference, which several heard by telephone, calling on McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi to withdraw his office’s opposition to such a special prosecutor’s appointment.
Bianchi has taken the position that he cannot investigate Nygren because he statutorily represents the Sheriff’s Office.
And, his office is opposing the appointment in its role as Nygren’s attorney.
Now Horwitz argues that Bianchi should not be involved because the State’s Attorney stands accused of official misconduct, the same statute Horwitz believes Nygren to have violated.
Horwitz said that there is “a substantial basis to believe that criminal activity is afoot relative to the seven-point star.”
The official star of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department has five points, Horwitz points out.
Going back at least five years, the Sheriff has used a seven-pointed star for campaign activities, he added in answer to a question from the Northwest Herald reporter.
“The emblem is affixed to his campaign paraphernalia.”
Horwitz mentioned wine bottles.
Of course, it is on the sign Nygren puts on the cars he uses in parades.
And, as McHenry County Blog has shown, it’s on the wall to the left as one enters the McHenry County Jail.
And, McHenry County Blog also found a silent bidding sheet for a Nygren fundraiser on which State Rep. Jack Franks was offering a “Page for a Day.” Dan Regna, who successfully filed for appointment against Lou Bianchi, whom he lost to in the 2008 primary election for State’s Attorney, has signed up on the sheet to pay $25 to be a “Page for a Day.”
At the McHenry County Fair, you can see a five-pointed star on the Sheriff, playing with a child, and a seven-pointed star on the poster behind him.
And the seven-pointed star is on vehicles used in parades.
“You can’t use state property to support your campaign,” Horwitz stated. He compared it to using office phones to make political calls.
The law he believes Nygren is violating?
5 ILCS 430/5-15, (a) and (b).
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Why am I reminded of the book “Catch-22?”
If the seven-pointed star is an official star, why is it being used on campaign materials?
If the seven-pointed star is a campaign symbol, why is it being used in the Sheriff’s Office?