Judge Caldwell’s Feb 24th Grafton Township Suit Concluding Comments – Part 3 – Pre-Annual Town Meeting Mailing to Sun City Not Approved
McHenry County Blog has been posting conclusions of Judge Michael Caldwell concerning whether and from where Grafton Township bills should be paid. We have looked at bills relating to the construction of a new township hall, the forensic examination of computer memory, installing a new lock on Township Supervisor Linda Moore’s office after she was kicked out by the Township Trustees.
Today we look at a mailing that the Township Trustees put out prior to the Annual Town Meeting at Huntley High School.
Here’s the interchange between Ancel Glink attorney Thomas DiCianni and Judge Caldwell about the mailing:
THE COURT: I will not approve — how did this mailing start, the mailing to Del Webb and why does Del Webb get mailings and the rest of the township doesn’t?
MR. DiCIANNI: Because they weren’t coming to the meetings and didn’t know about it.
THE COURT: They can do it like anybody else does, read it in the newspaper. That’s where it is. It’s in the Herald.
MR. DiCIANNI: Well, it doesn’t make it an illegal expenditure, your Honor, it’s a –
THE COURT: I think it’s purely political.
MR. DiCIANNI: So I –
THE COURT: I think it is political because it appeals to a voting block.
MR. DiCIANNI: There has been no evidence that that voting block has any particular predilection politically either way.
THE COURT: You target a mailing to a seniors’ community and you want me to believe that it’s not political?
MR. DiCIANNI: They would be the last ones to –
THE COURT: It would be hard to –
MR. DiCIANNI: They would be the last ones who would want to approve the building, if that’s what the insinuation is from the point –
THE COURT: I can’t say that.
MR. DiCIANNI: Well, there are suppositions there, your Honor, that I think are not part of the evidence.
THE COURT: She was justified in not paying it.