Since the Huntley-based Grafton Township has spent so much on legal fees, the report on legal fees to the Huntley School Board caught my attention.
You can read the detail below by clicking on the images and a summary not provided the school board below the images.
But, there is a second reason for showing you this detail. It is not available from McHenry County College.
That’s right. The McHenry County College Board refuses to allow people to see what its rather considerable legal fees have been spent upon.
Construction problems at the two new elementary schools on the Square Barn campus cost the most. Labeled “Con-Mack Leaks,” it cost the district the most – $143,724 for lawyers’ advice. $127,368 to Hinshaw and $16,356 to Miller.
Second most was spent by the school board – $29,539 in all. Hinshaw got $28,447 and Miller $1,092.
The next highest category was Special Education. It totaled $24,916. Sraga billed $18,148 and Miller $6,768.
Human Resources cost $15,415 in legal fees. $10,839 to Hinshaw and $3,567 to Miller.
Legal expenses dealing with the unions cost $12,404. All but $36 was billed by Hinshaw, the rest by Miller.
“Other” came in at $10,558. $10,559. Hinshaw’s share of the billings was $8,565, while the Miller law firm snagged $1,993.
Superintendent John Burkey claimed $5,836 of the total, $3,388 for Hinshaw and $2,448 for Miller.
The Operating and Maintenance category came in at $7,370. $6,838 went to Hinshaw and $1,532 to Miller.
I find it strange that neither the above totals were included in the legal expense report nor the total tax dollars spent on lawyers.