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Judge reprimanded over special bond hearing

CHICAGO - The Illinois Courts Commission reprimanded McHenry County Judge Michael Chmiel this morning for holding a special weekend bond court for the arrested brother of a political ally.

The commission agreed that Chmiel's decision in 2007 to convene the special court for the jailed brother of Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Robert Miller created an appearance of impropriety. But the commission rejected other allegations raised against Chmiel.

A reprimand is the lowest punishment the commission can dole out to a judge.

"We conclude that when respondent agreed to conduct a bond hearing after he received a phone call from Robert Miller, a long-time friend, former client and someone well-known in McHenry County politics, who relayed that Miller's brother David was in the process of being arrested, the public would perceive this as a favor and an impropriety," the panel wrote in its 49-page order.

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