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State's attorney still seeks agency to help investigation

Former employee resigned in March

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Kathy Lalley
Lee County State's Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller

DIXON – For more than 2 months, Lee County State's Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller has been searching for an agency to decide whether charges are warranted from an investigation of a former county employee.

That search and the investigation will end if the final agency declines Sacco-Miler's request, she said.

Kathy Lalley, former assistant director of the Lee and Ogle Transportation System, resigned March 19, a few days after she submitted her resignation.

In May, Sacco-Miller said she was seeking another prosecuting agency to review investigative reports related to Lalley and to make a decision about possible charges.

She and other county officials have declined to discuss details of the investigation.

Sacco-Miller has been turned down by two local state's attorneys, she said in an email on Tuesday, because one lacked the manpower and the other had a potential conflict of interest.

The request for review is now with a state agency, she said, declining to say which one.

In her resignation letter dated May 14, Lalley said the decision was a "private personal matter" and asked that it be kept confidential until May 19.

She also said that she would use personal time for March 17 and 18 if the county didn't contest her claim for unemployment, which it didn't.

In May, Lee County Chairman Rick Ketchum said the county saved money by agreeing to not contest her claim. He also said the agreement was made, in part, because of insubordination issues and that, in his opinion, Lalley didn't get along with the department's director, Jaime Blatti.

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