Anatomy of the Special Prosecutor’s Lou Bianchi Case from Sept. thru Nov., 2010

In this photo by First Electric Newspaper, you see, from left to right, Assistant Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen, Special Prosecutor Henry Tonigan and the billing Quest emplloyee Robert Scigalski.

Remember when I typed out the details of the legal bills from Ancel Glink, Grafton Township’s attorney which Judge Michael Caldwell dismissed at Supervisor Linda Moore’s request?

I thought it might be instructive to do the same for Quest International, the firm that Special Prosecutor Henry Tonigan hired to do the legwork for him and his Assistant Thomas McQueen.

The first section is for Robert A. Selgalski. He usually bills at $135 an hour, but I see a couple of times when he spent two hours traveling to and from McHenry for which he billed $70 an hour. He has indicated that on the bill.

I shall list the hours, dates and purposes. Totals for will be given for groups of billings.

You can look at this as a view of the criminal prosecution of McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi through the eyes of Special Prosecutor Henry Tonigan’s investigator.

9-8-10 3 hours for travel to North Barrington office of Tonigan and meet with prosecution team (here the billing rate for all three hours was $135)

9-9-10 3 hours for review of remaining Rhoeds [spelling in original] obtained in search

Lou Bianchi

9-10-10 2 hours for travel to and from Woodstock Courthouse for GJ 80 miles ($70 x2)

9-10-10 2 hours for attending Grand Jury

9-10-10 Lou Bianchi indicted

9-23-10 2 hours for traveling to North Barrington office of Tonigan for meeting with prosecution team

9-24-11 2 hours for traveling to and from Woodstock Courthouse to review records (($70 x2)

9-24-10 2 hours for meeting at Sheriff’s office and reviewing records

9-28-10 2 hours for meeting with Jeff Bora at McHenry North of 120/ Preparing report draft and email

9-28-10 2 hours for travel to and from McHenry 80 miles ($70 x2)

10-1-10 4 hours – Travel to and contact with Eugene Lowery, deputy chief, Crystal Lake Police Department and review report/telephone interview with Andy Zinke

10-6-10 2 hours – Travel to North Barrington office of Tonigan for meeting with prosecution team

10-7-10 2.25 hours – Prep and travel to Woodstock / Contact SO Det Lt re current case/review

10-7-10 2 hours – Travel to and from Woodstock 100 miles ($70 x2)

10-12-10 0.75 hours – Telephone contact with Sheriff’s Detectives and review strategy with Attorney McQueen

10-18-10 0.5 hours – Get a team together to conduct the interviews. Conference call with Illinois State Source re Illinois Statutes concerning Bianchi investigation.

10-26-10 2 hours – Conference call with Nichole Owens and prepare mail report.

10-27-10 3.5 hours – Review Bora interview in preparation for additional Bora meeting/Prepare for and travel to 1:45 PM meeting at Judge Tonigan’s office with attorney McQueen/Call to Jeff Bora re cancellation of interview/ return and resulting review of notes.

10-28-10 1.5 hours – Review and prepare for conference call with Deputy Chief Eugene Lowery at Crystal Lake Police Department re Salvi investigation

11-1-10 2.5 hours – Per prosecutor, review and combine data and pre & mail report make appointment w/ Pub Defender Harmon

11-3-10 1.5 hours – Review for and conference call with McHenry County Assistant Public Defender Chris Harmon

11-8-10 4.25 hours – Prepare for and travel to Crystal Lake, Illinois, and meet with McHenry County Assistant Public Defender Chris Harmon (travel time not charged)

11-9-10 2 hours – Conference call with Attorney McQueen/conference call with ASA DT/ Begin review of Salvi investigationon

11-12-10 2 hours – Conference ccall with Source / Prepare email to Pros Team re Gummerson contact/ Conference call to ASA Nichole Owens re Monday Meeting/ Travel Plan to Decatur/ Calls to & from McQueen & Tonigan

11-14-10 2 hours – Prepare draft report of interview with the Public Defender Harmon and email

11-15-10 3.5 hours – Prepare for and travel to Decatur, Illinois, with Attorney McQueen for interview with ASA Nichole Owens/ return and review notes


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Anatomy of the Special Prosecutor’s Lou Bianchi Case from Sept. thru Nov., 2010 — 2 Comments

  1. Questions –Why any discussion with Zinke – What did the Sheriff’s Dept have to do with any of this.

    ALSO – Gummerson – why is he involved at all??

    Wasn’t a Quest investigator asked under oath if he knew Gummerson and he answered that he did not know who Gummerson was??

  2. Retired Judge with little trial experience prosecution a State’s Attorney 500K

    Defending a State’s Attorney 500K

    Paying off a malicious prosecution lawsuit 5 million

    A not guilty finding: priceless.

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