Outside counsel appointed in Circuit Clerk, County Board dispute

By on August 28, 2010

Kane County—A special state’s attorney has been appointed to represent the Kane County Circuit Court Clerk Deborah Seyller as she considers whether to sue the Kane County Board over her FY2010 budget.

On Aug. 18, F. Keith Brown, chief judge of Illinois’ 16th Judicial Circuit, granted a motion by Kane County State’s Attorney John Barsanti to appoint the attorney to represent Seyller. Upon granting the motion, Brown appointed Dean Frieders of the Aurora law firm of Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi & Andersson to represent Seyller.

Seyller might seek legal action because she believes the County Board has failed in its statutory obligation to reasonably fund her office.

Barsanti petitioned for the special counsel because he believes it is inappropriate for him to represent the circuit clerk in this matter and is unwilling to do so. However, Barsanti would not deny Seyller access to the courts in the matter.

By law, the state’s attorney represents county officers in legal proceedings, meaning Barsanti represents both the circuit court clerk and the County Board in court.