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Thursday, November 7, 2019 11:47 AM

Numerous lawsuits filed against Mark Curran in Lake County

Mark Curran's term as Lake County Sheriff came at a high cost for Lake County taxpayers as a search of Lake County court records reveals. Lake County States Attorney Mike Nerheim is still defending Curran in a number of pending civil matters, including many intentional tort cases:


Thursday, November 7, 2019 11:33 AM

Special Prosecutor to be Named in Mark Curran Battery Case

The office of William J. Kelly has received the following update on the criminal complaint against Mark Curran for assault and battery via email from Lake County States Attorney Mike Nerheim:

 

Dear Mr. Kelly,

 

As I indicated in our conversation, I have a conflict with handling a charging decision and any subsequent prosecution of Mr. Curran because my office currently represents him in pending civil matters.  I also advised that my office had confirmed that the Grayslake Police Department was in the process of completing their investigation.  The process in any criminal case is for the police to investigate, and then upon the full completion of their investigation, to turn the matter over to the proper prosecuting authority for them to make a charging decision.  Normally, that prosecuting authority would be my office, but due to the conflict, we will be bringing in a special prosecutor to handle this matter once the investigation is complete.  I do not expect the investigation to take very long. 

 

In order to expedite the appointment process, my office has already contacted the Illinois Appellate Prosecutor’s Office.  This is the organization that handles conflict prosecutions for my office.  They have agreed to accept the case and are awaiting their appointment.  There is a formal process that is required in order for a special prosecutor to be appointed.  The process requires a judge to sign an order.  I cannot present that order for signature, until I receive the complete investigation from the Grayslake Police Department. 

 

As soon as I receive that investigation, I will immediately present the order for appointment. 

 

Sincerely,

Mike Nerheim

Lake County States Attorney

 

 

On November 2, 2019, Kelly filed a criminal complaint with the Grayslake Police after Curran committed an assault and hands-on battery against Kelly at the Lake County Republican endorsement session where Kelly was invited to speak. Kelly was asking Curran questions about his positions on illegal immigration and an enraged Curran grabbed and shoved Kelly on video. An unedited video shared with the media reveals that Curran had no legal excuse for his physical assault against Kelly. 

 

Mr. Nerheim is currently defending Curran from pending tort and law division lawsuits. A search of the Lake County database indicates that Curran has been a defendant in 20 or more tort-related lawsuits and other legal problems.

 

 


Monday, November 4, 2019 9:30 AM

Unhinged: Battery Complaint Filed Against Mark Curran

Illinois, November 4, 2019 - A criminal complaint for battery has been filed against former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, now a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. The complaint was filed by Curran's U.S. Senate opponent, Republican William J. Kelly. 

The battery incident took place within just minutes of Curran arriving at the Lake County Republican office in Grayslake on Saturday, November 2, 2019 and was captured on video. 
 
Criminal complaint filed against U.S. Senate Candidate Mark Curran
Criminal complaint filed against U.S. Senate Candidate Mark Curran
 
In the video, Curran calls Kelly a "liar" and Kelly responds by asking him, "Oh really, how am I a liar? Did you support driver's licenses for illegal aliens? Yes or no?" An angry, unhinged Curran then grabs Kelly roughly by both shoulders and shoves him across the room to the door. "Let's go," Curran said. "Is that what you want to do? Do you want to go right now? Yeah, you're a Democrat," Kelly said. Curran switched to the Republican Party in 2008. 
 
"As a former sheriff, Mark Curran should know by now what a battery is," Kelly said. "If Mark Curran can't handle being questioned about his positions on key issues without exploding in anger and becoming unhinged, how can he run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican? I think Mark needs to address his emotional instability issues before he really hurts himself or someone else." 
 
Curran and Kelly were both invited to speak before the Lake County Republican Central Committee (LCRC), which had its endorsement session on Saturday. The LCRC was informed about the battery and the filing of the criminal complaint against Curran but endorsed him in Saturday's session anyway. 
 
Kelly and Curran have long been at-odds over Curran's support for illegal immigration based on a heated debate in Lake County in 2013. Curran has been interviewed extensively about his support for illegal immigration and his past Democrat candidacy. See a timeline of Curran's history and positions here. 


Monday, November 4, 2019 8:56 AM

A Timeline of Mark Curran's Support for Illegal Immigration - With Links

William J. Kelly and Mark Curran have long been at-odds over Curran's support for illegal immigration based on a heated debate in Lake County in 2013.
 
Curran, who ran for Lake County Sheriff as a Democrat in 2006-2008, has been an outspoken supporter of and testified in favor of driver's licenses for illegal immigrants in Illinois.
 
Curran also opposes ICE's Secure Communities program, a deportation program that relies on the partnership among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. After switching to the Republican Party, he told PBS during an interview that he still agrees with the Democrats on many issues. He also said there is "no rule of law."

 

Curran also backed SB 31, "The Trust Act," which was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner in 2017. The bill, which was supported by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights - a pro-amnesty group, made Illinois a sanctuary state. 
 
Curran now says he supports President Trump but blamed Trump for his re-election loss in an interview with WBBM Radio in 2018.


Monday, November 4, 2019 8:55 AM

Criminal Complaint Filed Against Mark Curran

Illinois, November 4, 2019 - A criminal complaint for battery has been filed against former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, now a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. The complaint was filed by Curran's U.S. Senate opponent, Republican William J. Kelly. 

The incident took place at the Lake County Republican office in Grayslake and was captured on video. In the video, Curran calls Kelly a "liar" and Kelly responds by asking him, "Oh really, how am I a liar? Did you support driver's licenses for illegal aliens? Yes or no?" An agitated Curran then grabs Kelly roughly by both shoulders and shoves him across the room to the door. "Let's go," Curran said. "Is that what you want to do? Do you want to go right now? Yeah, you're a Democrat," Kelly said. Curran switched to the Republican Party in 2008. 
 
Curran and Kelly were both invited to speak before the Lake County Republican Central Committee (LCRC), which had its endorsement session on Saturday, November 2nd. The LCRC was informed about the battery and the filing of the criminal complaint against Curran but endorsed him in Saturday's session anyway. 
 
"This why the Illinois Republican Party continues to lose," Kelly said. "How can we be a party of principle, a party that values the rule of law, a party that puts our citizens first, when GOP leaders prop up 'former Democrats' like Mark Curran in GOP primaries," Kelly said. "If the GOP wants to survive, it needs to endorse and elect candidates that support the GOP party platform."
 
Kelly and Curran have long been at-odds over Curran's support for illegal immigration based on a heated debate in Lake County in 2013. Curran, who ran for Lake County Sheriff as a Democrat in 2006-2008, has been an outspoken supporter of and testified in favor of driver's licenses for illegal immigrants in Illinois. He also opposes ICE's Secure Communities program, a deportation program that relies on the partnership among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
 
Curran also backed SB 31, "The Trust Act," which was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner in 2017. The bill, which was supported by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights - a pro-amnesty group, made Illinois a sanctuary state. Curran says he supports President Trump but blamed Trump for his re-election loss in an interview with WBBM Radio in 2018.


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