County gets back $105K in Bianchi case
WOODSTOCK – McHenry County has recouped more than $100,000 from one of the special prosecutors it paid nearly $60,000 in the investigation and unsuccessful prosecution of State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi.
County officials received a check for $105,000 Friday in the settlement of a federal civil lawsuit between Henry C. Tonigan and Bianchi, who was acquitted of corruption charges in two trials in 2009.
In settling the lawsuit, Tonigan agreed to pay $157,500 without admitting any fault in the prosecution of Bianchi. Under an agreement between Bianchi and the McHenry County Board – which paid $275,000 for Bianchi and his secretary’s legal bills – the county got a cut of the settlement.
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