A press release from McHenry County Board Chairman candidate Mike Walkup:
Walkup Campaign Charges Gottemoller with Conflict of Interest
CRYSTAL LAKE, IL – McHenry County Board Chairman, Joseph Gottemoller, was quoted in his interview with the Northwest Herald in response to charges by his opponent MICHAEL WALKUP for County Board Chairman elected at large, that Mr. Gottemoller’s law practice creates conflicts of interest with his job as County Board Chairman.
According to Gottemoller, “his law firm no longer takes any property tax, zoning or related cases in McHenry County” (Northwest Herald, 2/6/16, page 12).
This does not appear to be correct as most of Mr. Gottemoller’s legal work focuses primarily in representing developers for zoning issues in McHenry County before various village boards and city councils.
Mr. Gottemoller’s representation of zoning to municipalities is a conflict of interest because the County Board Chairman and the County Board regularly award grants that can amount to tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to local municipalities.
Mr. Gottemoller did not specify exactly when his firm stopped taking zoning cases in McHenry County.
Mr. Gottemoller needs to clarify and recognize the conflict of interest this presents and provide detail in how he will no longer be engaged in representing clients to any municipalities where he is also involved in providing grant awards from the County Board.