Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Information on Bianchi Photo Raises More Questions

The context of a photo currently in rotation on the home page of the website for Illinois Office of the State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor (ILSAAP) featuring McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi and others "standing up for justice" unravels.

The gathering, including three members of the ILSAAP Board of Governors members and ILSAAP Executive Director Pat Delfino, was in recognition of IL Rep. Frank Mautino (D), 76th District, as "Outstanding Legislator of the Year" in the fall of 2010 from the Illinois State's Attorneys Association. 

It remains unclear when the photo was taken; one staff person said that the award was announced in October 2010, but not presented until March. The presence of former Sangamon County State's Attoney John Schmidt in the photo suggests that it was taken in 2010 prior to leaving his position for an appointment to the circuit court.  Schmidt served as chairman of ILSAAP's Board of Governors in 2010.

ILSAAP Board of Governors members often serve simultaneously in leadership positions on the Association. For example, former DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett served both as ILSAAP's vice chairman and the Association's president in 2008.  Former Association presidents augment their resumes with such accomplishments.

Standing to Bianchi's left in the photo is LaSalle County State's Attorney Brian Towne who is scheduled to appear today with Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Joseph McGraw in a three-person panel discussion at an ILSAAP seminar in Naperville. Bianchi's attendance in the photo implies that he has served recently on the Association's board.  

Bianchi was indicted on Sept. 10, 2010.

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