Same State Agency Representing McHenry County in Illinois Appellate Court Case Objecting Payment to Bianchi's Special Prosecutors Recently Supported Public Payment of Legal Fees for Ekl's Client -- Former Edgar County State's Attorney -- by Preparing "Friend of the Court" Brief
The Illinois Office of the State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor (ILSAAP) Board of Governors unanimously approved the preparation of an amicus curiae "friend of the court" brief supporting public payment of legal fees for former Edgar County State's Attorney Michael McFatridge involved in ongoing high-profile federal civil lawsuits, represented by Terry Ekl, according to the Sept. 22, 2010 minutes.
Ekl is also the attorney for McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi. Bianchi was indicted 12 days prior to this meeting.
While ILSAAP agreed to be a "friend of the court" supporting McFatridge's payment of legal fees as a state official, it has taken an adversarial position on the bills of Bianchi's special prosecutors Henry Tonigan and Thomas McQueen. First Electric Newspaper reported that ILSAAP special prosecutor Chuck Colburn last month asked the Second District Appellate Court to overturn McHenry County Circuit Court Judge Gordon Graham's refusal to reduce payments to Tonigan and McQueen.
McFatridge's prominent involvement in these amicus curiae briefs implies that he once served as a board member of ILSAAP and/or the Illinois State's Attorneys Association.
Who alerted ILSAAP about McFatridge's lawsuit regarding legal payments?
Was Bianchi serving on the Board of the Illinois State's Attorneys Association when the amicus curiae brief was being prepared -- a brief that would benefit his own attorney?
Could this be described as an amicus curiae quid pro quo?
Why are tax dollars being spent on the discussion and preparation of this amicus curiae brief that will be signed off by the Illinois State's Attorneys Association, a non-profit corporation which doesn't appear to be subject to the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act?
Why was a DuPage County Assistant State's Attorney chosen to prepare the brief and appear for the Association? Who paid her?
Why doesn't ILSAAP post its Board of Governors minutes on its website?