The retaliatory discharge case of Kirk Chrzanowski against the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office was settled today for $75,000.
The guts of the case claims that Assistant State’s Attorney Kirk Chrzanowski was fired by McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi because Chrzanowski testified in the criminal case against Bianchi brought by Special Prosecutor Skip Tonigan.
Chrzanowski, represented by attorney Rebecca Lee, sought compensatory damages of $50,000 and punitive damages to be determined at trial.
He also asked for reinstatement with the same seniority status, plus back pay.
The case was filed early in 2012. He left the office in December of 2011.
In his last year, he was paid $62,543.
Four years of back pay would have amounted to at least $250,143.
This morning the County and Chrzanowski settled prior to the trial that was scheduled to start today.
The steelement is subject to County Board approval,
Should Chrzanowski have won the case, the State’s Attorney would have had to have re-hired him, paid him damages in excess of $50,000, plus four and one-half years of salary, plus attorney fees, which in total would have been in excess of $350,000
The Judge was Philip Reinart.
Here’s the entry in the U.S. Circuit Court Clerk’s records:
MINUTE entry before the Honorable Philip G. Reinhard: Jury trial previously scheduled to begin on 8/1/16. Jury trial stricken. Settlement conference held 8/1/2016.
Parties report cause settled subject to County Board approval as stated in open court.
The parties are directed to file a stipulation to dismiss with the court. Mailed notice (kms) (Entered: 08/01/2016)