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New judge to hear call for Bianchi probe
By Charles Keeshan | Daily Herald Staff

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Published: 7/10/2009 11:09 AM

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A former McHenry County State's Attorney candidate's request for a special prosecutor to investigate the current administration is heading to a new courtroom.

Judge Maureen McIntyre on Friday shipped Daniel Regna's special prosecutor petition off to the courtroom of Judge Gordon Graham, where it will join a nearly identical request by State's Attorney Louis Bianchi's former secretary.

"I think it would be more expeditious and economically feasible (judicially)," McIntyre said.

Both Regna and the former secretary, Amy Dalby, claim that Dalby was required to perform political and campaign-related work for Bianchi while on county time. If true, it would be a violation of state law.

Bianchi, who defeated Regna in a hard-fought Republican primary last year, repeatedly has denied campaigning out of his official office.

Before deciding whether to order a special prosecutor, Graham must first determine whether Bianchi's office can bring in an independent attorney of its own to represent county interests in the matter, and possibly object to the Regna and Dalby petitions.

Regna did not object to his petition being moved to Graham's courtroom, but said he hopes action is taken soon on his request, which he filed more than four months ago.

"McHenry County needs to see a result, one way or the other, for the sake of everyone involved," he said.

Graham is scheduled to hear arguments on that issue next week in Dalby's case.

Dalby, now a college student at Northern Illinois University, earlier this year pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor computer tampering charge for copying and removing thousands of computer files from Bianchi's officer. She said she took the files as evidence of Bianchi's wrongdoing. But a special prosecutor who brought the case said she turned the items over to Bianchi's political rivals, not any law enforcement agency.