Monday, July 9, 2012
Judge Dismisses Free Speech Firing Case Against Bianchi
Mahoney's decision was a technical one and didn't address whether Chrzanowski's firing was retaliation after last year's Special Prosecution of the State's Attorney for misconduct. At trial, the "nephew" Chrzanowski testified about turned out to be Bianchi's investigator's wife's sister's husband's first wife's grandson by a previous marriage. Two dozen charges against Bianchi collapsed last Summer without his mounting a defense.
Bianchi said Sunday he was pleased at the outcome which also covered Criminal Chief Michael Combs. Chrzanowski had charged Combs helped Bianchi interrogate him after his testimony. "As an elected official we're subject to criticism," he said. "I'm always concerned when they're accused of wrongdoing."
Chrzanowski withdrew charges his firing violated the Illinois Whistleblower Act and the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Now employed at an Oak Brook law firm, he didn't respond to a message seeking comment Sunday.
In the pic: McHenry County State's Attorney Lou Bianchi