The end of the summer, the Northwest Herald’s new editor wrote a column in which he said it was time to start covering the substance of the race for McHenry County Sheriff.
You may remember that the summer’s story about the Sheriff’s race involved my filing an ethics complaint with the McHenry County Ethics Commission about Undersheriff Andy Zinke’s having sent an email from his office account to County Board members claiming that he was not giving me the finger in Crystal Lake’s Independence Day Parade.
For text of email, see
Zinke was found not to have done antyhing wrong even though he referenced his campaign close to ten times in his “I was just holding up the roof of the Sheriff’s Department vehicle with my privately paid for ‘Andrew Zinke, Undersheriff’ magnetic sign on its front doors” email.
Saturday night I noticed that there is a “kick-off the campaign” article about the contest in the online edition of the NWH.
No mention of the summer “fluff” about the Ethics Commission’s inexplicable decision that Zinke had done nothing wrong. (To this date, no one has revealed the reasoning for the Ethics Commission’s ruling, by the way, so, if you are a county employee, I guess you can feel free to send out political email from your office account.)
Zinke is described as “the veteran with a history of successes, including handfuls of promotions, and numerous political endorsements.”
Prim is characterized as “another veteran cop supported by the state’s attorney…an outsider running against ‘the establishment’ who promises to put an end to the very public feuds between the two offices.”
And, guess what?
The story concludes there is little difference between the two candidates, except one is not supported by the establishment and the other is, plus one is supported by his boss Sheriff Keith Nygren, the other by State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi.
They both want to start volunteer programs. I have heard Prim say that from the beginning of his campaign. This is the first time I’ve seen a report of Zinke’s desire to follow his example.
The article points out that Prim is “most proud of leading the [Des Plaines Police] department’s asset forfeiture program, which he said brought thousands of dollars back to the department.”
Note that there is not a direct quote from Prim.
From the part of Prim’s campaign literature you can see here, that the asset forfeiture was not “thousands of dollars,” but millions of dollars
Just a couple of missing zeros in the article.
Several local bloggers have aligned themselves with Prim, the story continues, but it only mentions Zane Seipler’s, Zinke4Sheriff.blogspot.com.
No mention of McHenry County Blog or the post that angered Zinke so much that he apparently forgot that he was using his Sheriff’s Department email to deny the intent of his parade actions. (And, he gave the same gesture to a friend of mind from the Sheriff’s Department Tahoe on Route 47 during one of the Bianchi campaigns.)
No mention is made of a very real issue brought up by Prim on November 4th–excessive spending in the Sheriff’s Department under Zinke’s watch. Read part of it below:
No mention is made of The First Electric Newspaper’s editor’s Freedom of Information suit against the Sheriff’s Department either. That suit seeks to make public a Sheriff’s Department investigation of “Andrew Zinke, Undersheriff of McHenry County, [who] had compromised a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency investigation by telling a private citizen, Brian Goode, that DEA agents had been tracking a shipment of marijuana destined for Goode’s Crystal Lake business.”
Maybe that’s because “the Northwest Herald newspaper reported on November 1, 2013 that it had ‘seen the document’ at issue,” as Mary Gardner, Gonigan’s lawyer wrote.
But, as an editorial opined, there is no reason not to make the investigatory report by Don Leist public.
The article also notes that former Congressman Joe Walsh and State Senator Dan Duffy have endorsed Prim