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Illinois BLM Activist With Almost 45 Years Of Felony Arrests Appears In Kenosha Court

Commissioner Loren Keating, Walworth DDA Jim Sempf, Defense Attorney Deja Vishny and Clyde McLemore

Clyde J. McLemore (D), 62, of Zion, IL appeared in court virtually on Wednesday in Kenosha, prominently displaying a “Black Lives Matter” sign and several related flags in view of his web-cam. McLemore is the founder of the Waukegan, IL Black Lives Matter group. He has been charged with one felony county of Attempted Battery to a Law Enforcement Officer and one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. According to the criminal complaint, Mayor John Antaramian (D) held a press conference at the public safety building on August 24, 2020. An unruly crowd formed and attempted to force their way into the building. A Kenosha Police Officer who has served on the department for about 13 years, was attempting to shut the front door of the public safety building when Clyde McLemore kicked the front door of the building closed and bragged that he was trying to break the officer’s fingers. This incident is on video from many different angles. Seems like a long shot for any type of defense.

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BLM sympathizer, Kenosha DA Michael Graveley asked the Walworth County DA to prosecute this case due to a conflict. They will handle this case until its conclusion.

McLemore’s attorney, Deja Vishny, had filed a motion to seal his address from the record. She wrote in the motion that “McLemore has received threats to harm him. This is a high profile matter which has been reported in the media and disclosure of Mr. McLemore’s address poses a safety issue.” Walworth County DDA Jim Sempf agreed to this admittedly without reading the document. Keating approved this and sealed the address. The criminal complaint is below, but we redacted his address, because it is the right thing to do.

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During the initial appearance, the Commissioner is tasked with setting bond. Sempf said he was OK with a signature bond, but the Commissioner wanted a good reason for releasing McLemore without posting cash. His attorney then spoke for about 2 and a half minutes about his BLM activism and how great McLemore’s character is. Keating still wasn’t convinced. He asked the prosecutor about McLemore’s criminal history. Surprisingly, Sempf didn’t have it and fumbled with the question. Sempf then tried to locate the record and Vishny objected (since she was not provided with the criminal history beforehand), talking over the commissioner. The commissioner silenced her, telling her to “Wait! When I tell you to wait, you wait!” Sempf ended up not disclosing any criminal history.

We at the Kenosha County Eye, pulled up McLemore’s criminal history in about 15 minutes. Anyone can. It’s $10 and you can get it from the Illinois State Police. We discovered, based on our interpretation of the document that he has had about 10 felony convictions ranging from Escape, to Attempted Aggravated Battery in Illinois alone. The first felony conviction was in 1978, almost 45 years ago, but the most recent was in 2008, when McLemore was about 49 years old. He has served at least one prison sentence according to the document.

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If the commissioner had known about the extensive criminal history, he may have required cash to assure McLemore’s appearance in court. Many folks in Kenosha County are voicing their support for McLemore, again making heroes out of felons.

We reached out to Vishny for comment about her client’s criminal record and she told us in part:

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“As far as his prior record; a remote record really is not relevant to bail; the issue is whether he will appear in court. The purpose of bail is to ensure that the accused appears in court. He has not been in trouble with the law for a lengthy period of time and appeared in court voluntarily. As I stated on the record he has been active in community affairs in Lake County Illinois and is well respected in his community.”

We asked Walworth County DA Zeke Wiedenfeld if he was going to re-visit the bond issue and he didn’t wish to comment.

McLemore is due in court for a preliminary hearing on April 9, 2021.

Click here to read McLemore’s criminal history for Illinois.


  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.


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10 Responses

  1. Did you watch the press conference? Blake’s sister basically said they deserve to burn the city down and kick doors down, and stated more is coming
    Stated say no justice no peace, but don’t want to see justice that Clyde broke the law And no one cares now that people “cross state lines”. And “he should of stayed home”. Hypocrites at best

    1. Reality is these clowns aren’t going to do anymore burning or looting. Rittenhouse put into a lot of peoples’ minds that anyone at any time can be carrying.

      Where was all the looting and burning when they announced no charges would be brought? That whole group didn’t do a damn thing……

  2. Kenosha County does NOT need a BLM sympathizer as a DA and voters need to vote Gravely out of office.
    The Kenosha County DA needs to prosecute all bad actors involved in last summers riots, burning, & looting and NOT be a sympathizer to any lawless thugs involves in this violence.
    Since Gravely has recused himself from this case, then he needs to recuse himself entirely as DA.
    Kudos to the Kenosha County Eye for the research done on McLemore’s background.

  3. I’ve been in Keno Co for 4 years and just found “The Eye” last night. (ugh)
    Great to see actual journalism.
    Great work calling out these commies and the corruption!

      1. Excellent.
        Highly suggest another email platform.
        Gmail is not our friend.
        I’d like to reach out and help support/amplify your (our)cause if and when you do.

        Veritas Aequitas

  4. If you want to know how this plays out when SJW (D) local usurpers and gatekeepers hold the reigns, see South Africa.
    You won’t get this news from the usual suspects of conglomerate media. This “macro” is being fomented
    by the usual suspects at the municipal and county levels.

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