In the culmination of an investigation that has lasted for many months, Dr. Richard Keller, Lake County Coroner, has resigned his office and pleaded guilty to two felony charges related to the death of a 30-year-old man, Stephen Vaughn, in relation to an overdose caused by medication prescribed by Dr. Keller in his capacity as the head of the Green Dragonfly Methadone clinic.
Tribune coverage here, Daily Herald coverage here.
As Team America readers know, we've been following this story for months, from the first hint of trouble at the Green Dragonfly to the announcement from Dr. Keller that he would not seek re-election as coroner (obviously a desperate attempt to deflect the heat of the investigation), to his resignation as the clinic director and closing of the clinic, to the tightening of the noose of the investigation. We suspected it was only a matter of time.
Terry Link, Lake County Democratic Chairman, will likely be the one to make the recommendation of a temporary replacement to be appointed by the Lake County Board Chairman, David Stolman, with the advice and consent of the Lake County Board (since the replacement must be a Democrat). Maybe since his wife Susan Link was crushed in her primary bid for election as a Waukegan Alderman (against long-time incumbent Larry TenPas), she would be a likely candidate. Such a move would be utterly typical for Lake County Dems. Aren't we all so lucky to have these folks in positions of trust and power?