Apparently Legal for Grafton Township Board to Sue before Open Meeting Approval

Linda Moore

So, after hearing of the counter suit filed the Monday before last by township trustees against Supervisor Linda Moore after Moore filed her Separation of Powers suit, I wrote the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office asking whether a governmental body could file suit without a public.

Keri-Lyn Krafthefer

No complaint, mind you. Just a general question that seemed to cover what was happening.

Then after hearing the enigmatic motion made and passed by the Grafton Township Board Tuesday night, I put in a call to find out if the State’s Attorney’s Office had come up with an answer.

Upon hearing that no law had been broken, I asked,

“You are saying that a public body can sue someone without the public body’s making a decision to do so in a public meeting?”

“In a word, ‘Yes,’”
I was told by First Assistant State’s Attorney Tom Carroll.

“It’s not that we would condone avoiding having such discussions in a public forum. as that is certainly the most appropriate place for them, but the Open Meetings Act doesn’t require it.

“We have spoken to the attorney about the decision and her opinion on it, but we have not yet gotten the minutes.

“Her take on it is she took action as she felt necessary to protect the interests of the township/her client, that she did speak to township trustees individually, offered advice and recommended that she follow it.

“What’s going on in Grafton is certainly unusual, but the circumstances would put the attorney for the township in an awkward position to offer advice to her client in open or closed session regarding litigation strategy when one of the parties to that litigation is present. That could come as an added expense or detriment to the client.

“Our office’s purvey is limited to the Open Meetings Act and whether there has been a violation of it.”


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Apparently Legal for Grafton Township Board to Sue before Open Meeting Approval — 6 Comments

  1. Just a heads up, this may not be the most important issue occuring in Grafton today Cal….you might want to look into the internet and phone line being cut off from the Township OFFICE and being transferred to Ms. Moore’s HOME. That might just be a key event in Grafton.

  2. Linda shouldn’t do anything to validate the GRAFTon Stooges.

  3. Read the latest account of Linda diddling the Grafton seniors at firstelectricnewspaper(dot)com and huntleyneighbors(dot)com. Moore turned off the phones and dsl at the “Ziller Annex” and forwarded all of the calls to her home – then would NOT ANSWER the phone! I can’t wait for karma to catch up with Linda Moore.

  4. FEN does not report that the lines have been rerouted to Linda’s residence. Pam Fender makes this claim on HN, but I have yet to read in a reliable news source that this has been verified.

  5. Even if the lines weren’t rerouted to Moore’s residence, why and for what reason would it be acceptable to cancel the service to the Township office?

  6. Upon reading the next entry in this blog, I see the situation more clearly. We shall see how this plays out in court…

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