Will county dodge another special prosecutor?
WOODSTOCK – McHenry County leaders applauded a state law enacted in August aimed at reining in the appointment and cost of special prosecutors.
They are not applauding the possibility that the county that inspired the law might be the first to test it, and barely two months after Gov. Pat Quinn signed it.
The County Board still is fighting the hefty six-figure bill of the special prosecution of State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi – who twice was acquitted – and earlier this year avoided a second request for a special prosecutor to investigate whether Sheriff Keith Nygren misused a seven-point star for political purposes. Now they are watching whether a special prosecutor will be authorized to investigate whether Undersheriff Andy Zinke interfered with a federal drug investigation on behalf of a political ally.
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