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Colorado man found guilty of sexually abusing 13-year-old girl in Harvard that he met online

A Colorado man who engaged in a relationship with a 13-year-old Harvard girl he met on Snapchat was found guilty of sexually abusing the girl. Roberto Calixto-Escobar, 24, of Lochbuie, Colorado, was charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony. Prosecutors said that Calixto-Escobar used Snapchat to communicate with a […]

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Marengo manufacturer charged with violating consent order in groundwater contamination case

The Illinois Attorney General and McHenry County State’s Attorney both filed a lawsuit charging a Marengo metals manufacturing plant with failing to act after they contaminated groundwater with human carcinogens years ago. The attorney general’s office initially filed a lawsuit in 2013 against 300 West LLC and The Arnold Engineering Company over decades-long contamination related […]

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Op-Ed: Watering down heroin, meth crime penalties is dangerous

The following is an opinion piece written by McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally: In January, a series of show debates were held in Springfield during lame-duck session on the recent criminal justice overhaul bill that was strong-armed into enactment with little more than the pretense of input from law enforcement. During the debates when […]

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Gov. Pritzker tells McHenry County state’s attorney to ‘follow the law’ on enforcing indoor dining ban

Gov. J.B. Pritzker responded to the McHenry County state’s attorney’s announcement that he would not enforce an indoor dining ban by saying he hopes the state’s attorney would “follow the law and do the right thing.” Pritzker’s comments come after McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally slammed Pritzker on Wednesday and said he would not […]

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State’s attorney announces he will not enforce indoor dining ban in McHenry County

The McHenry County state’s attorney slammed Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday and said he would not enforce the governor’s indoor dining ban, calling his powers questionable. McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said the decision took into account the nature of Pritzker’s executive orders. Kennealy said there is no provision in the executive orders or […]

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‘What AJ suffered was a corner of hell’: state’s attorney discusses plea deal given to father of AJ Freund

McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said what AJ Freund suffered leading up to his murder “was a corner of hell” as he discussed the plea deal accepted by the boy’s father on Friday. Kenneally held a press conference Friday evening following the guilty plea of Andrew Freund Sr., who was sentenced to 30 years […]

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State’s attorney comments on court order forcing health department to release COVID-19 names

The McHenry County State’s Attorney said he is “beyond disappointed” that the health department refused to release COVID-19 patient names to law enforcement. “This was a no-brainer for the Health Department, a common-sense, confidential, and entirely lawful way they could have worked collaboratively with police departments to assist in enhancing the safety of officers and […]

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McHenry County to expunge almost 1,900 misdemeanor marijuana convictions

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office has announced they are expunging nearly 1,900 low-level cannabis convictions. McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally filed a petition on Monday to vacate and expunge certain cannabis convictions following the newly created Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, which was signed into law in June by Governor JB Pritzker. The […]