A press release from McHenry County Board Chairman candidate Mike Walkup:
MORE GOTTEMOLLER CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
We already know that McHenry County Board Chairman JOE GOTTEMOLLER had conflicts of interest in voting against the Township Consolidation Referendum due to his representation of Grafton Township as an attorney.
Had consolidation passed, Grafton Township would have been eliminated as a separate township.
An ethics complaint was filed with the County Ethics Commission but dismissed for lack of jurisdiction over voting by Board Members.
HOWEVER, in looking back on CHAIRMAN GOTTEMOLLER’S Statement of Economic Interests, filed March of 2015, we see that he also represented CORAL TOWNSHIP as attorney for “various legal projects”.
This is significant because the Supervisor of Coral Township was one ROGER NAYLOR.
If that name sounds familiar, it is because the self same ROGER NAYLOR was named by CHAIRMAN GOTTEMOLLER as a member of the Township Consolidation Task Force, which came up with what was essentially “No Recommendation” for consolidation of any townships other than Richmond and Burton and two others in the Harvard area.
Coral Township lies in the Southern area of the county, between Union and Marengo.
In practice, attorneys are hired by Township Supervisors to do legal work for the townships (60 ILCS 1/70-37).
CHAIRMAN GOTTEMOLLER was therefore appointing his OWN CLIENT to sit on the Township Consolidation Task Force, without disclosing any conflict of interest to the County Board or the public.
In a separate matter, CHAIRMAN GOTTEMOLLER admitted in a recent interview with the DAILY HERALD that his involvement in the PEAKER POWER PLANT in OAKWOOD HILLS while he was a County Board Member representing that same district, came about as a result of his having been REQUESTED BY THE VILLAGE PRESIDENT and VILLAGE ATTORNEY to represent the developer.
This is a CLEAR CONFLICT OF INTEREST as the Village President would be one of those voting on whether or not to approve the petition on behalf of the power plant developer.
CONFLICT OF INTERST JOE.
Do we want him to be CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNTY BOARD for the NEXT FOUR YEARS?