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

Today McHenry County blog looks at March, 2011, billings from Quest International.

Quest is the company selected by McHenry County Special Prosecutor Henry Tonigan in his unsuccessful quest to convict McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi of felony criminal offenses.

From left to right are Assistant Special Prosecutor Tom McQueen, Special Prosecutor Henry Tonigan and Quest investigator Robert Scigalski. Photo credit: First Electric Newspaper.

Robert Seigalski, Lee Flosi, Patrick Hanretty, Gerald Theis, James P. Reilly and Dan Jerger bill the Special Prosecutors $135 per hour, except for some travel, which Scigalski notes he bills at $70 an hour. The others do not bill $70 for travel time.

Here are the billings for March of this year:

3-1-11 2 hours – Jerger: Prepared discovery materials. Verify and label copies of evidence for production.

3-2-11 3.5 hours – Jerger: Prepared discovery materials. Prepared, traveled to and returned from 901 Warrenville road, Suite 176, Lisle, IL 60532. Dropped off evidence CD’s to Mary Nash, assistant to Terry A. Ekl of Ekl Williams PLLC. Updated McQueen telephonically.

3-3-11 3.75 hours – Scigalski: Call to Nichole Owens / call to McQueen / work on subpoena requiring internal communications

3-5-11 4 hours – Scigalski: Work on subpoena compliance making sure all McHenry relevant emails & notes are gathered, copied and notebooked.

3-6-11 4 hours – Scigalski: Meeting at Tonigan’s office / review with T. Carroll

3-6-11 3 hours – Jerger: Prepared materials for discovery.

3-7-11 6 hours – Jerger: Prepared materials for discovery. Reviewed case details.

3-8-11 9 hours – Jerger: Prepared materials for discovery production. Prepared, traveled to, and returned from 102 South Wynstone Park Dr. Suite 100, North Barrington, Il 60010. Met with Judge Henry “Skip” Tonigan and Tom McQueen to discuss case updates and strategy.

3-9-11 10 hours – Jerger: Prepared materials for discovery. Reviewed case details

3-10-11 1.5 hours – Flosi – Served subpoena on Keith Chval, Clarendon Hills, IL

3-10-11 9 hours – Jerger: Prepared materials for discovery. Reviewed case details

3-11-11 1.5 hours – Flosi – Served subpoena on Ronald Weiss, Arlington Heights, IL.

3-11-11 4 hours – Jerger: Prepared discovery materials. Prepared, traveled to and returned from…Lisle…Dropped off T2 evidence tape and T4CD to Tracy Kreczmer with Ekl williams PLLC. Updated McQueen telephonically and email.

3-12-11 1 hour – Jerger: Reviewed case details.

3-13-11 4 hours – Scigalski: At Tonigan’s Office, Participate in interview/ trial prep of A. Dalby. Again, later meeting at Tonigan’s office with McQueen for interview of Ron Weiss/ email Ownes/ call to Rein.

3-13-11 – Jerger: Prepared, traveled to, and returned from…North Barrington. Met with Judge Henry “Skip” Tonigan and Tom McQueen to discuss case. Reviewed case materials.

3-14-11 2 hours – Scigalski: Prep for and conference call with Tonigan and Nicole Owens and with McQueen

3-14-11 8 hours – Jerger: Reviewed details in preparation for meeting with Tom McQueen.

3-15-11 8 hours – Jerger: Prepared, traveled to, and returned from…North Barrington. Met with Tom McQueen to discuss case. Reviewed case materials.

3-16-11 1 hour – Flosi – Attempted to locate Sgt. Harris for subpoena service.

3-16-11 5 hours – Jerger: Reviewed case details in preparation for trial.

3-17-11 8 hours – Scigalski: Continue work on trial materials. Continue review for confirmation of production of all reports and notes beyond original order.

3-17-11 5 hours – Jerger: Reviewed case details in preparation for trial.

3-18-11 7.5 hours – Scigalski: Review ints – Weiss, Sullivan & Rein / prep PDF’s & email/ contact and email McQueen/ Call to Mist. Sgt. J. Jarris/ Call Chval w email/ confirm Subpoena – Harris

3-18-11 1 hour – Flosi – Served subpoena on Sgt. Harris, c/o Dispatch Desk, Illinois State Police H.Q., 9511 W. Harrison, Des Plaines, IL.

3-18-11 5 hours – Jerger: Reviewed case details in preparation for trial.

3-19-11 2.5 hours – Scigalski: At HT’s [Henry Tonigan’s] office- Meeting to debrief Carroll

3-19-11 8 hours – Jerger: Prepared, traveled to, and returned…from North Barrington. Met with Tom McQueen to discuss case. Reviewed case materials.

3-20-11 2.5 hours – Scigalski: At HT’s office – Meeting with McQueen to debrief Dalby

3-20-11 5 hours – Jerger: Reviewed case details in preparation for trial.

The defendants and defense teams leave the McHenry County Courthouse after adquittal is announced without the defense having put on any witnesses.

3-23-11 Bianchi, Synek Acquitted of All Charges

The grand total for the February and March, 2011, bill from Quest International was $46,875.04.

April tomorrow.


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