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COURT: Kiernan pleads guilty to poaching

Chris Kiernan, 46, of Minooka pleaded guilty April 5 in Grundy County Circuit Court to the unlawful taking of a 36-point white-tailed deer, valued at $35,000, without obtaining permission.

He has also entered a guilty plea to unlawful taking of a 11-point white-tailed deer without permission, unlawful taking of a 16-point white-tailed deer without permission, unlawful possession of a deer, and unlawful hunting on the land of another without permission (3 counts). All offenses are Class B misdemeanors.

Kiernan was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution and forfeit all contraband to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He must also pay a fine and court costs in the amount of $840.

Kiernan was placed on conditional discharge for a period of 24 months and was ordered to not hunt during that period.

An additional suspension of hunting privileges through the IDNR is pending in Kiernan’s case now that the criminal case has concluded.  Kiernan had previously pleaded guilty in Sangamon County Circuit Court to unlawfully falsifying hunter harvest records and was fined $1,200.

Kiernan was one of three individuals who entered guilty pleas for the 2011 incident, according to the IDNR.

McKinney charged over damage to a Pat Brennan campaign sign

Donald McKinney, the husband of Jacqueline McKinney — who lost the Minooka mayoral election April 9 to incumbent Patrick Brennan — was charged with criminal damage to property for allegedly removing and damaging a Brennan campaign sign April 2.

According to a press release from Grundy County State’s Attorney Jason Helland, Donald McKinney, 47, of Minooka, allegedly removed a campaign sign from its wire structure and tore the campaign sign in the process, causing less than $300 in damage.

He is also charged in a criminal information with attempted theft for knowingly and without lawful authority attempting to exert unauthorized control over property of the Friends of Patrick Brennan.

McKinney is due in court May 20 for the charge.

McKinney, who in the April 9 election won a seat on the Minooka District 201 School Board, is the superintendent and principal of Nettle Creek Community Consolidated School District 24C.

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