the Illinois Courts Commission this morning issued a formal reprimand to McHenry County Judge Michael Chmiel.
commission found that Chmiel never intentionally misled them or the state’s Judicial Inquiry Board when asked to explain his actions of June 16, 2007.
Chmiel, of Crystal Lake, held a special Saturday afternoon bond hearing that day for the benefit of David Miller, a Cary resident arrested that morning on obstructing justice and traffic-related charges.
Had Chmiel not held the hearing, Miller would have had to remain in the county jail until at least the following Monday morning. Instead, he was out of jail later that day.
David Miller is the brother of Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Robert Miller, a longtime friend and political ally of Chmiel.