My phone has been ringing off the hook today, and my e-mailbox is almost full, with questions about where does Sheriff Keith Nygren live? As in, does he still live in McHenry County?
Keith and Margarete Nygren have claimed 10213 Meadow Lane, Hebron, Illinois, as their McHenry County address. A local permanent residence is essential to Nygren's eligibility to hold the Office of Sheriff of McHenry County AND to file for and run for re-election in the February 2010 Primary Election and November 2010 General Election.
Nygren won the election with 58.46% of the vote. On December 1, 2010, he was sworn (back) in as Sheriff.
On December 3, 2010, Nygren sold the Hebron house to Bryan Krause. Krause, as many know, is the supervisor for the McHenry County Sheriff's Department Garage (vehicle servicing unit) and was a popular chauffeur for Nygren during the last campaign's parade season.
On December 27, 2010, Nygren was released from his mortgage on that property.
How did this become public? Thanks to the Northwest Herald, where the real estate transaction showed up (conveniently?) under "Woodstock" on Page 11 of the Northwest Properties section. Why Woodstock? Why not Hebron, where the property is located? How did the listing read?
"$250,000, 10213 Meadow Ln, Woodstock 60098, (PIN) 03-08-453-016, Keith R. Nygren To Bryan E. Krause &, December 3"
So where does Keith Nygren live now? In order to hold the Office of Sheriff, he must reside in McHenry County.
Mrs. Nygren is a Florida resident, registered to vote there and reportedly holding a Florida driver's license. That way, Keith and she can claim a homestead exemption on their house in Cape Coral, which they did through 2009. But apparently they gave up the homestead exemption in 2010; was that to try to clear up murky waters about their real domicile? You can't be a resident of Florida and the sheriff of McHenry County, Ill.
One of the factors that the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office considered in determining that Nygren was eligible to run for and hold the office of sheriff was Nygren's intention to remain a McHenry County resident. Was it his intention? How was that determined? Did they ask him if he had plans to sell his house in Hebron?
Notice how the Northwest Herald failed to report on Page 1 that Nygren sold his house 1 1/2 months ago? I wonder if the editor of the Northwest Properties section is updating his resume yet...