Report on Zinke Probe Online

Andy Zinke

Andy Zinke

McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren

Keith Nygren

Here’s the headline and first paragraph of the article that The First Electric Newspaper’s Pete Gonigam wrote about publishing the document that reported on the investigation of Chief Deputy Sheriff Andy Zinke’s involvement in a DEA probe.

The report was prepared by McHenry County Sheriff’s Department assistant Donald Leist at Sheriff Keith Nygren’s request.

FEN Receives, Publishes Entire Zinke Investigation

The day after downstate Rantoul passed over former McHenry County Undersheriff Andy Zinke for its new Chief of Police, McHenry County State’s Attorneys Tuesday turned over the full report of a 2012 Sheriff’s investigation into Zinke’s telling a campaign supporter that DEA agents were tracking a truckload of marijuana headed to his warehouse.  The First Electric Newspaper requested the report 35 months ago after then-Sheriff Keith Nygren said it cleared Zinke of wrongdoing but failed to make it public.

Within the article are links to the entire report.

McHenry County taxpayers had to pay $104,000 in legal fees and $5,000 in fines for the political move by Sheriff Keith Nygren to limit damage to the man he endorsed to be his successor.

Gonigam’s lawyer was Mary Gardner.


Report on Zinke Probe Online — 4 Comments

  1. He gave information to a possible suspect, period !

    Anyone else would have been fired and charged .

  2. He spoke to a witness and potential victim, and brought them in to talk with full notification of all involved.

    Who really thought that the current political clique were going to fight for the taxpayers on this one?

    Aren’t many saying it seemed more like a payoff than a payout?

    Typical County politics from the current “in” crowd.

  3. Independent thinkers only need to ask themselves a few questions.

    What group did the political attack on Zinke help?

    What group “defended” county taxpayers on this?

    Who agreed to the payout?

    Who will the online publications support in the next States Attorney race?

    It as simple as follow the taxpayer money.

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