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Our View: No wrongdoing, but DUI reporting situation still unfortunate

Published: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 5:31 a.m. CDT

The results of an investigation into DUI reporting errors stemming from the Kane County Circuit Clerk’s Office were announced this week.

No criminal conduct or intentional wrongdoing was found, stated Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon.

The Kane County Chronicle reported extensively on the DUI reporting issue in June, noting the records for more than a thousand people charged with DUI and other serious traffic offenses had not successfully made it to the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.

While it’s a relief to know nothing contrived occurred under the leadership of former Circuit Clerk Deborah Seyller, it is still concerning that so many DUI records were backlogged.

In addition, it seems difficult to say with certainty that the backlog didn’t affect those whose driving records were stuck in the system – McMahon said it’s unlikely the errors would have affected how the state’s attorney’s office prosecuted cases.

Current Circuit Clerk Tom Hartwell said 3,667 cases out of 13,703 remain to be audited. We encourage Hartwell’s office to expedite that process as quickly as possible and provide any necessary resolutions for those affected.

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