The senior partner turned out for his firm’s firing by four out of six Trustees in Island Lake Monday night.
The distinguished looking, white haired Stewart Diamond was in his unmarked seat next to the Village President’s seat early for the special board meeting called to switch law firms representing the village.
The word was that the minority of three opponents to Village President Debbie Herrmann had turned into a majority of four.
First came a public comment section presentation by Crystal Lake municipal attorney David McArdle.
He spoke in rebuttal to a memo that Ancel Glink had prepared for the Trustees.
It basically said the Village President was the one who appointed the Village Attorney,
Ancel Glink Senior Partner Diamond explained at length that the Village President appointed the Village Attorney and that had been done by Herrmann’s predecessor.
“That is not allowed under Illinois law…If it should pass, I would recommend that the Mayor should veto it…It’s simply not allowed by law…We are in place…What you have before you tonight is just a waste of taxpayers’ money…(You are) encroaching upon the statutory authority (of the Village President)…If you act on this, it will simply result in more legal fees. It is ill conceived, ill drafted and improper.”
He added that the trustees dissatisfied with Ancel Glink’s services could obtain separate legal counsel.
There was some sparring between Trustee Connie Masciillio, who said she had reviewed seven months of legal bills and found $19,000 our of $36,000 would have occurred regardless of what law firm represented Island Lake, and Donald Saville.
Trustee Laura Rabattini, the blogger (“What’s Happening in Island Lake” blog) who won election to the board two years ago, made several carefully drafted motions to dump Ancel Glink and retain Zukowski, Rogers, Flood and McArdle at the rate of $165 per hour.
Voting for the measures were
- Laura Rabattini
- John Ponio, who lost to Village President Herrmann two years ago
- Donna O’Malley
- Donald Saville
In opposition were Masciillio and Verciglio and, of course, Herrmann, but she did not cast a vote since hers would have not changed the outcome.