Pete Gonigam’s First Electric Newspaper has been given a scoop about the Grafton Township Trustees ‘ continuing efforts to reverse last year’s election results, which ousted their leader, Supervisor John Rossi.
Just one day after being knocked out by Electors at the Annual Town Meeting, the Trustees have finally gotten bold enough to admit what has been obvious to even the most dense observer of Grafton Township politics.
The Trustees want to get rid of their nemesis, Township Supervisor Linda Moore.
“to find ‘that Moore has engaged in a palpable omission of duty, malcontent and misfeasance in discharging the office of Township Supervisor under Section 55-37 of the Illinois Township Code.’
“You have to cross-reference to find that section reads, ‘The court in which the conviction occurs shall enter an order removing the convicted officer from office,'”
according to Gonigam’s article.
Is this a “Hail Mary” toss or what?
This comes after the Trustees’ attempt to keep Citizen-Electors from voting on a resolution presented by Township Road Commissioner Jack Freund to have the Town Fund buy back the Town Hall from his Road District was thwarted.
The Road Commissioner’s attorney, Pat Coen, even had to read the resolution to those assembled because
Township Administrator Pam Fender prepared a visual presentation, presumably to convince people to vote to buy and remodel an empty Huntley factory.
Most of her work went unseen, because the uppity taxpayers went right to the task of completing undoing the unlawful actions of the Rossi Township Board.
So, by margins of at least 5-2 and maybe as much as 8 or 9 -1 before those among the over 700 attending the meeting started leaving in droves after the first motion of the supporters of Linda Moore’s position won so handily.
In any event, just one day after that massive loss, the Trustees’ attorney Keri-Lyn Krafthefer filed a 44-page brief, Gonigam reports, asking for the judge to throw Moore out of office. Details are in his article.
The next question that comes to my mind is whether Moore should go tit for tat.
Think Moore will file a motion asking that the Trustees be removed from office for thwarting her attempts to be the township’s Chief Executive Officer?
I note that the Grafton Township Food Pantry is included in the complaint. In the last audit, the outside auditors were unable to look at the Food Pantry books because those financial records had been deleted from the township supervisor computer before Moore took office. The auditors concluded that the Food Pantry was not part of Grafton Township.
In their new filing, the Trustees claim Moore drove the Food Pantry out of the township office space.
Moore might welcome its return, because then she could provide the outside auditor with records so it could complete the audit for the Fiscal Year ’08-’09. At the meeting with the auditor, she clearly wanted them to audit the Food Pantry’s books.