Trial Begins for McHenry State's Attorney

Louis Bianchi accused of using county resources for campaign

Monday, Mar 21, 2011  |  Updated 3:00 PM CDT
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Trial Begins for McHenry State's Attorney

The trial for the first sitting state's attorney to face felony corruption indictments began Monday.

Prosecutors say McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi used his position and county resources for his own political gain. He's charged with conspiracy, unlawful communication with a witness and official misconduct charges, according to Chicago Breaking News.

The second-term Republican is accused of using equipment, personnel, and county funds toward political contribution lists and other campaign-related functions.

Bianchi's assistant, Joyce Synek, is charged with conspiracy and perjury and is being tried at the same time.

Bianchi's former secretary, Amy Dalby, testified Monday that she was instructed to perform campaign work on county time, The Northwest Herald reported.

Defense attorney Terry Ekl said any political work done on county time was minimal, and that the campaign work was done after hours.

The bench trial is expected to last all week.

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