Thursday, April 28, 2005


Coming soon, to a county near you ....

From the Tribune

IDOT official charged with DUI

By Jeff Long and Rudolph Bush, Tribune staff reporter. Long reported from McHenry County and Bush from Washington
Published April 28, 2005

An Illinois official who helps oversee mass-transit programs caused several drivers--including a sheriff's deputy--to swerve out of his way before he was arrested on drunken-driving charges in McHenry County this month, police said.

He also mentioned his job with the state in an apparent attempt to avoid arrest, Sheriff Keith Nygren said.

Daniel E. Stefanski, 47, of Mundelein, a deputy director of the Illinois Department of Transportation, refused a Breathalyzer test after being stopped April 15 by sheriff's police, Nygren said.

He is scheduled to appear in court Friday on charges of driving under the influence, improper lane use, having no proof of insurance, resisting arrest and felony aggravated assault, Nygren said.

Stefanski, a longtime friend of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's, has previously been charged with DUI and reckless driving in Lake and Cook Counties, according to records.

"`Do you know who I am?'" Nygren quoted Stefanski as saying after police stopped Stefanski on April 15 near Johnsburg. "`I am the secretary to the director of the Illinois Department of Transportation.'"
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