Although the Ethics Complaints that Wonder Lake Republican Precinct Committeeman Bob Anderson made were not included in the Agenda Packet of the Thursday Ethics Commission, they have been released pursuant to a Freedom of Information request filed by McHenry County Blog.
The first complaint is against McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller and District 1 County Board member Anna May Miller.
Both are accused of having “township pecuniary interests” not recusing themselves from the vote on whether township consolidation referendums should have been put on the Primary Election ballot.
Anderson claims the votes of both should have be disqualified.
This is the second challenge to votes cast by opponents against putting township consolidation referendums on the ballot.
Anderson won his first challenge, which was an Open Meetings Act complaint about the Board’s allowing Michele Aavang and Mary McCann, both “No” votes, to cast those votes by phone. Aavang was in Washington, D.C., on Farm Bureau business. McCann, who participated in the floor debate, had to leave to catch a plane at O’Hare Airport.
Neither, according to an opinion from the Public Access Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, gave the required advance notice that would allow voting by telephone.
This is the second time that Anderson has filed an Ethics Commission complaint about Gottemoller’s being in a conflict of interest because of his being the Grafton Township Attorney and about Miller’s conflict because she works for her husband Bob Miller at the Algonquin Township Road District.
The first time around, Assistant County Administrator Scott Hartman suggested Anderson take his complaint to the Management Services Committee.
Anderson followed his advice, but got no satisfaction.
He cited the following two part of the rules for County Board members:
The Management Services Committee seems to have taken no action, stimulating Anderson to re-file his complaint with the County Ethics Commission. (You can read all the paperwork here.)
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Tomorrow, McHenry County Blog will have information on the second Ethics Commission Complaint that Anderson filed against Anna May Miller.