$38,955 Spent on Legal Fees by Health Department to Protect Coronavirus-Infected’s Names from Law Enforcement

As a result of a Freedom of Information Act request, McHenry County Blog has found that $38.955 was spent to keep the Sheriff’s Department and several police departments from obtaining names and addresses of those with Covid-19.

The billing for the legal fees can be found below:

Here are the bills for June, which total $11,425:


$38,955 Spent on Legal Fees by Health Department to Protect Coronavirus-Infected’s Names from Law Enforcement — 8 Comments

  1. $$Peanuts.

    Chicago’s pension debt soared by approximately $1.7 billion in 2019, according to the city’s audited annual financial report released Thursday.

    In all, Chicago owes $31.79 billion to its four employee pension funds representing police officers, firefighters, municipal employees and laborers, according to the 2019 Certified Annual Financial Report.

    That is an increase of nearly 5.6% from 2018, according to the report.

    Chief Financial Officer Jennie Huang Bennett said that growth was “not surprising” because the city was not required in 2019 — the last full year of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s tenure — to contribute to its pension funds based on actuarial estimates.

    That requirement, which took effect in 2020, has helped balloon the city’s deficit.


  2. Two Hundred And Fifty Dollars per hour isn’t a bad price for good legal representation.

    I however wouldn’t pay Franks or Patty O’Kenneally $2.50 per day as they’re a couple of shysters and dip shits in my opinion.

  3. GOOD LUCK with this flex, Cal! Even most of your right-wing viewers have been dragging Prim for this, the same guy who said he would not enforce COVID restrictions.

    According to Prim’s logic, COVID is serious enough that cops need to know who has it but it is not serious enough that restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID should be enforced.

    Call it for what it is, Cal: hypocrisy, incoherence, and blatant political pandering.

    Asymptomatic and presymptomatic people can spread the virus too, so Prim was actually putting his employees in danger by giving them a false sense of security by not taking proper precautions.

    We also know that very few people have been tested relative to the entire population.

    Fortunately, most of the deputies understand all of this because they are smart.

    They know Prim was wrong and they responsibly acted on their own to protect themselves.

    If a government is violating people’s rights, expect a lawsuit.

    It’s really simple.

    When Edgar County Watchdogs sues the government for OMA violations and governments are forced to pay them money, ECW is heralded as righteous heroes, but when the Sheriff is sued it’s wasteful spending?

    It’s all so tiresome.

    The second appeals court decision which reversed Judge Chmiel’s ruling is a huge victory for privacy and the rule of law, and a big loss for Prim.

  4. Mea culpa Cal, glad to see you did send a FOIA about the costs, although the health department is protecting McHenry County Citizens’ privacy rights, not simply protecting their names from the cops.

    Unfortunately this is only half the story.

    How much are the taxpayers paying for Kenneally’s office to sue a fellow county agency?

    How much has the Sheriff’s office spent, as well as the four other municipalities that joined in on this silliness?

    We pay for all of them.

    I have a feeling that taxpayers are probably on the hook for closer to twice as much if all costs are figured out.

    Thanks for the info on the $39,000 though.

    Think how much PPE could have been bought with that money.

  5. Why don’t wipes like a Kenneally and Prim follow the law and constitution?

    This should come out of Kenneally’s salary!

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