Ryan Sargis

Ryan Sargis booking photo (DeKalb County Jail photo)

UPDATE:

Charging documents allege that a Lake Holiday man from the Somonauk side tendered $500 to Sandwich Police Chief Jim Bianchi to influence Sandwich Mayor Rich Robinson to get a special use permit approved for the business the man runs.

Those charging documents also show Chief Bianchi wore an eavesdropping device that was authorized by a judge to record conversations between the two.

As WSPY reported on Thursday, 44 year-old Ryan Sargis of Lake Holiday Dr. is facing a Class 2 felony Bribery charge in DeKalb County after allegedly bribing Bianchi to push through a special use permit to hold outdoor events at the business, Route 34 Pub & Grub, off of Route 34 in Sandwich.

Kendall County Police Assistance Team officials said Sargis was arrested at the business around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

According to the charging documents, conversations with Sargis were recorded by Bianchi between August 30th and was approved through September 29th to be used.

Officials said Sargis allegedly contacted Bianchi offering the bribe while Bianchi was working undercover with Illinois State Police. Kendall CPAT officials allege that Sargis offered the bribe after false rumor that Bianchi was under investigation by ISP and had been asked to leave his previous department because of a bribe.

Bianchi has been police chief in Sandwich since 2013. He was previously a Lieutenant with Orland Park Police where he began as an officer in 1985.

Charging documents show the $500 payment was allegedly tendered on Wednesday and an audio recording from the transaction was captured.

Bond was set at $20,000 on Thursday for Sargis who posted 10 percent to be released from DeKalb County Jail.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A Lake Holiday man is facing a felony Bribery charge in DeKalb County after allegedly bribing Sandwich's police chief to push through a special use permit to hold outdoor events at a local bar the man is employed at.

DeKalb County Court records show that 44 year-old Ryan Sargis of Lake Holiday Dr. in Somonauk had the Class 2 felony charge filed and a warrant issued on Wednesday.

Kendall County Police Assistance Team officials say Sargis was arrested at the business, Route 34 Pub & Grub, around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

Authorities allege that Sargis attempted to bribe Sandwich Police Chief Jim Bianchi to aid in obtaining a special use permit for the business to hold outdoor events.

Sargis allegedly contacted Bianchi offering a bribe while Bianchi was working undercover with Illinois State Police. Kendall CPAT officials allege that Sargis offered the bribe after false rumor that Bianchi was under investigation by ISP and had been asked to leave his previous department because of a bribe.

Bianchi has been police chief in Sandwich since 2013. He was previously a Lieutenant with Orland Park Police where he began as an officer in 1985.

Sargis was arrested last month in Sandwich on August 20th on a Driving While License Suspended charge in Sandwich in the 900 block of E. Church St.

Court records do not show Sargis as having a bond hearing yet in DeKalb County Court on the Bribery charge.

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