A Lake County prosecutor running for a judicial seat was placed on administrative leave Thursday amid allegations she stole her opponent's campaign signs.
Chief Deputy Lake County State’s Attorney Jeff Pavletic said he could not get into details on the pending investigation, but said the action taken against Assistant State’s Attorney Patricia Fix came after a citizen complaint.
"We’re working closely with Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Police are still doing follow-up interviews and further investigation,” Pavletic told the Lake County News-Sun.
Fix, who successfully prosecuted Marni Yang, the woman who killed former Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle's girlfriend and unborn child, called the allegations "baseless."
"I look forward to this being resolved once all the facts come to light," Fix said. "I await the results of any investigating agency and will cooperate with law enforcement."
Fix is chief of the felony trial division. She has been an assistant state’s attorney for about 18 years and is running as the Democratic candidate for the second subcircuit judge against Associate Judge Luis Berrones.
Nearly 200 signs put up over the weekend by the Warren Township Republican Organization disappeared by Tuesday, Chairman Mike Amrozowicz said.
Fix said she's also had several signs stolen "consistently and repeatedly" for nearly two months.