Monday, February 22, 2010

Update on McHenry Prosecutor Case

On June 1, 2009 we published a post about a possible scandal brewing in the McHenry County Prosecutor's Office.  We reported about allegations that were being made by a former secretary to McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi who was alleging that she was doing campaign work for Bianchi while she was working for McHenry County.  On June 10, 2009 we published another post about Bianchi filing a motion in court requesting that an outside prosecutor be appointed to investigate the allegations.  The court eventually appointed outside attorneys to investigate the allegations.  This morning, the Daily Herald is reporting that the McHenry County Finance Committee will soon be considering spending $100,000 to pay for the investigation.  The resolution will permit the county administration to pay up to $100,000 out of the county's general fund contingency budget to pay the legal fees for the outside attorneys hired to investigate the allegations.  A former McHenry County Judge and a former federal prosecutor have been hired to investigate the allegations against Bianchi.  An earlier investigation by a special prosecutor retained by Bianchi's office has already cost the taxpayers of McHenry county $64,155.00.  This earlier investigation led to the arrest of the secretary for removing files from Bianchi's office which led to the secretary's allegations of campaign work being done on county time.

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