In the latest development of Dr. Richard Keller's involvement with the private Green Dragonfly methadone clinic in Waukegan, the clinic announced that it will voluntarily close... that is, before the heat gets to be too much, apparently.
The clinic, and Keller himself, are under investigation for their involvement in the death by drug overdose of 30 year-old Lindenhurst resident Steven Vaughn. Keller, as readers will recall, abruptly resigned from his position as medical director of the clinic shortly after he announced he would not run again for his elected position of Lake County Coroner. He later admitted that the Green Dragonfly investigation prompted his decision not to run again, after first stating that he was simply tired of the politics involved in the job.
The News-Sun reported on this in today's edition, but a much more penetrating article in the Tribune suggests that the clinic operators may end up throwing Keller under the bus:
Keller said Tuesday that he was surprised to learn of the clinic's closing and declined comment. When asked, he said he has no intention of quitting his elected position as coroner, a 4-year term that ends in 2012.
"All along, Green Dragonfly has relied on the medical advice of Dr. Keller, who is also the Lake County coroner," the clinic said in a prepared statement. "As we continue to investigate the tragedy of the death of Mr. Vaughn, we will hold accountable the failure of anyone to follow the law and proper procedures."
Green Dragonfly owners Mary Olloway and Sandra Hay could not be reached Tuesday. Hay and her husband also own On the Border, a Franklin, Wis., strip club -- a connection also being investigated.
It remains to be seen where the investigation leads and whether Keller will do another flip-flop, and end up resigning his post as coroner.
As we all also remember, the Lake County Democrats have sworn that the investigation of Keller is all just political persecution. The more this story develops, the more it becomes clear that such claim is just so much more smokescreen and lack of accountability from the Dems.