If you recall, my sainted mother always said I should be either an attorney or a writer. And when you consider what former Kane County Chairman Karen McConnaughay’s attorneys are trying to bilk… I mean bill Kane County for defending her against Jim MacRunnells’ lawsuit, I did not choose wisely.
Please recall that former county chair opponent and general activist MacRunnells sued Ms. McConnaughay for issuing those now infamous 50 percent raises to county directors and managers who reported directly to her. We covered that topic quite a bit in the Beacon-News.
For example, former Director of Development Phil Bus saw his salary go from $95,000 to $153,181, which is why he currently receives a $109,000 a year pension. MacRunnells asserted that, not only would those pay hikes eventually cost the taxpayers $20 million, but they were patently illegal.
Of course, the lawsuit was initially tossed by KC Circuit Court judge Thomas Mueller, but the Appeals Court disagreed and sent it right back to him. When MacRunnells’ efforts to get it in front of a new judge fell flat, the now miffed Mueller tossed it a second time without a second thought.
So now, sensing victory, McConnaughay’s outside attorneys have submitted their itemized bills to the court for payment.
Her high falutin’ downtown attorney quartet are claiming they expended a massive 163 hours to the tune of 71,701.23 in taxpayer dollars. That’s 18 grand a pop for a defense which basically consisted of repeating the phrase, “Did not!”
I would’ve done the same thing for a case of Bass Ale and still felt like I came out ahead.
Not to be outdone, enter Ken Shepro, the clown prince of Kane County politics and the “attorney” who has his hands in more pots than Rachel Wray. Despite the Chairman’s previous proclamation that he was too busy to work on county issues, Shepro is saying he spent 49.3 hours on this life and death matter. And at $275 an hour, that comes to $13,557.50.
Somehow he earned all that cash without ever showing his face in court.
You know, people used to be embarrassed by revelations like this. There used to be a thing called “shame” that acted as a deterrent for this kind of behavior. Not anymore!