As I reported eight days ago, Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller, unopposed for re-election, was trying to take control of the Algonquin Township Board. Maybe I should say “keep control.”
He contributed $1,000 to Marc Munaretto in his campaign to unseat Supervisor Dianne Klemm. While Munaretto ran a superior campaign, Klemm’s superior name identification led her to a convincing victory.
For Township Trustee, Miller contributed another $1,000 to Lowell Cutsforth’s campaign.
Shortly thereafter, signs started popping up promoting a slate of four candidates for Township Trustee:
- Dan Shea
- Lowell Cutsforth
- Neils Kruse
- Bill Bligh
On the other side were three candidates:
- appointed incumbent Russ Cardelli
- Larry Emery
- Melissa Sanchez
As you can see below, those three bested all of Miller’s Trustee candidates. The fourth winner, who came in second, was incumbent Shea, a former Fox River Grove Village President and McHenry County Board member.
Now, as evidenced by the salary increases approved by Trustees Shea, Cutsforth and Linda Lance, who ran for Clerk against Chuck Lutzow and lost, allies of Miller control the Algonquin Township Board.
After the newly-nominated, but certain-to-be elected, township officials are sworn in, four of five Board members will carry the memory that Miller tried to defeat them.
While the Township Road District is run by Miller with little oversight from the Board, there may be some.