The Purse Purchased with the Algonquin Township Road District Credit Card

The document filed with Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser’s lawsuit to prevent the destruction of records was hard to read, so I typed in “Your Bag Your Way” and found the following:

The purse paid for by former Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller’s township American Express card.

Here is how the page describes it:

Your Bag, Your Way

This is the bag that YOU customize to meet the demands of your day.

Expertly crafted in richly pebbled, full-grain leather, this substantial tote is beautifully designed for functional organization.

It all starts with the roomy and reversible leather tote bag, all lined in full-grain black leather.

The original articles follow:

Andrew Gasser Asks Injunction Preventing Destruction of Algonquin Township Road District Records

Bob Miller’s Township American Express Credit Card Statement for 11-27-14


The Purse Purchased with the Algonquin Township Road District Credit Card — 51 Comments

  1. Anna needed that purse to hide all that money she stole from us tax payers all theses years it looks like!

  2. So where is the word purse to be Found?

    Also it appears all of the transactions are from 2014.

    That means in 2014 the bill was audited aND approved by the town board at a monthly meeting 3 years ago.

    It also was approved by independent audit as required yearly.

    Sòoooooo the annual audit done by outside cpas found no evidence of fraud.

    Cal wants to call it a purse for sensationalism

    Others would xall it a briefcase or business tote which how it is marketed.

    By the way an earlier bill they showed actually looks like PRAVA not PRAVDA, big difference between what they sell……more fake news and sensationalism.

    Man up call and admit your mistake stop being a tool used by people trying to influence a county board appointment

  3. Township audits (for the most part) are not ‘forensic’ audits.

    Because most municipal audits are not ‘forensic’ we have occurrences such as the Dixon theft of taxpayer millions.

    Audits primarily check for compliance with GASB and verify the math.

    The Board can refuse to approve an invoice for payment but I can almost guarantee you that NO ONE on the Alg. Board, including the Supervisor had a clue as to the line item detail of bills they were approving for payment.

    And yes, this information is pertinent to the “round mound’s” decision to try to make Bob Miller a member of the County Board.

    BTW Who used the gift card which was part of the purchase?

  4. Looks like Doodie lost that round. Try again,
    we’re sure you can manufacture more unhinged nonsense.

  5. This whole purse thing has set me to remembering a story I once heard:

    Questions, Questions

    After a long night of making love, the guy notices a photo of another man, on the woman’s nightstand by the bed. He begins to worry.

    ‘Is this your husband?’ he nervously asks.

    ‘No, silly,’ she replies, snuggling up to him.

    ‘Your boyfriend, then?’ he continues.

    ‘No, not at all,’ she says, nibbling away at his

    ‘Is it your dad or your brother?’ he inquires, hoping to be reassured.

    ‘No, no, no! You are so hot when you’re jealous!’ she answers.’Well, who in the hell is he, then?’ he demands.

    She whispers in his ear ‘That’s me before the surgery.’

  6. Doodie……the ships sinking!!!

    You might want to jump off now.

    The trustees then were in Bobs back pocket and I’d bet they all got little perks for approving everything he put in front of them.

    Did you not also read, Bob only used personal emails to do bussiness?

    That seems fishy!!!

  7. Cardelli, Emery and Sanchez were in his pocket?

    I wonder what their liability is for approving this if there’s wrong doing and they just ignored it?

  8. Not to mention Chuck Lutzow, current supervisor then clerk, signing off on it too.

  9. Doodie needs to establish what language they are trying to convey. A tote bag is a handbag for carrying small items. What is a purse? Seems to be a handbag for carrying small items. What are you speaking? The language of gibberish?

  10. ‘Doodie’:

    What “earlier bill they posted”?

    And who is “they”?

    I’d like to see this phantom bill.

  11. The Supervisor is the Treasurer of the Road District, not the Clerk.

    Lutzow was clerk then.

  12. I reached out to a former Twp trustee and found out that all the records that pertain to bills as well as all supporting documentation for the road district are kept in the office of the supervisor until they are transferred to the township clerk.

    I might suggest asking former clerk and current supervisor Lutzow just where those records are.

    Maybe his office manager Ryan Provenzano could help him locate the missing documents.

  13. How far back are credit card companies required to hold electronic copies?

    2014 is certainly on record at AXP, being within the IRS audit time limitations.

  14. Trustees statutory authority is limited.

    If the bill fits into a line item it’s approved.

    They can certainly question spending, but often times I’m told that the bills presented are hundreds of pages deep so it’s not possible to do a line item review.

    Annual audits wouldn’t necessarily detect this as the auditor is more or less verifying accounting practice, not misspending.

    If there were payments with no receipts an audit would detect that…

    Unless the auditor had been the same for years and was willfully complicit.

    And Ryan P is office manager?


  15. To Fed Up:
    Trustees never see the credit card statement, itself, only the name of the credit card company as a line item and amount.

    Also, most of the bills to be considered in the audit to be approved that evening are first seen by the Trustees on their table just before the meeting.

    When a bill IS questioned, that Road Commissioner has told the Trustees that aeven if they object to a bill, he, Road Commissioner, can spend that money if it’s in his budget.

    Check Township legislation, it allows little discretion to the Trustees.

    I would guess you’ve never attended an Algonquin Township meeting.

  16. The Algonquin Township Board meets once a month.

    Its minutes are typically 2 or 3 pages.

    The Clerk is allegedly wanting to destroy documents.

    The comment above claims often times the bills are hundreds of pages deep and that is why it is not possible to do a line item review.

    If there was a searchable board agenda packet with the ability to copy and paste, it would be easy to search for items, copy and paste any desired information to a consolidated document, and quickly scroll through the agenda packet.

    That benefits taxpayers, the board, administration, and anyone else attempting to watch government and not hide or bury information.

    We would be much better off if there was a state law requiring a searchable board agenda packet that allows copy and paste for all units of government.

    What good is consolidating government if they can still bury and hide information.

  17. Somewhat amazing to me to see how easy it is tides tract you fools and shift you in a different direction.


    Being anonymous ends when you get sued.

  18. House Bill 607 (HB 607) passed both the House and Senate in the 100th General Assembly.

    The next step is for the Governor to veto or approve the bill.

    The bill allows the board of trustees of a township to put a question on the ballot to dissolve the township road district, with the township taking over the responsibilities and levy.

    The Township Road District would then be abolished at the end of the elected Township Road Commissioner’s term.

    What happens next determines if the abolition would save taxpayers money.

    “The township board of trustees may enter into a contract with the county, a municipality, or a private contractor to administer the roads under its jurisdiction.”

    “May” not “shall.”

    So the trustees could also hire a road commissioner and keep some or all of the services in-house?

  19. I just got off the phone with a former township trustee he told me every month the bills were made available to view the week of the meeting and also the night of the meeting.

    All of the statements including all backup documentation were available to view .

    He also told me that one trustee went over those bills very carefully and often had questions for the supervisor, Hwy comm., and assessor .

    He also said the packets of information were at most 20 pages.

  20. In general as previously mentioned audits are not forensic audits, thus they do not look for much in the way of waste, fraud, and abuse.

    That is left up to taxpayer watchdogs and board members.


    The bills were made available to view for whom?

    The public?

    The board members?

    The administration?

    In paper format or electronic format?

    Either way, the information was not included in the agenda or minutes, and there is no electronic board packets made available to the public.

    And that is a taxpayer problem.

  21. I’m thinking a very expensive purse is just the beginning.

    And they may be destroying records for a reason.

    I asked ‘why would the new township clerk say on social media that she was going to destroy records?
    Is she that stupid? Brazen? Loud-mouthed? Confident?

    Was she baiting people to say ‘you can’t do that?’

    Thinking she had the answers to do whatever the hell she wanted?

    Not knowing she must get permission to do so?


    You would hope she’d be an upstanding citizen let alone elected official.

    Politics and power can turn people into … you fill in the blank!

  22. I just want to know if Bob also bought shoes to go with the purse.

  23. Plenty of units of government, in particular school districts, destroy closed board minutes, closed board recordings, and various types of public records, every few years or on some type of regular basis.

    In many cases the public is not served by such actions.

    Incoming board members then have no recorded history of the destroyed records.

    Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should do it.

  24. Where on social media is it posted that the Algonquin Township Clerk plans to destroy public records?

    The reporting of the Andrew Gasser lawsuit on the blog didn’t mention social media.

    “It says newly-elected Clerk Lukasik ‘has articulated that she intends to destroy various records of Algonquin Township, presumably included records of Miller’s use of official credit cards for personal use.'”


    McHenry County Blog

    Andrew Gasser Asks Injunction Preventing Destruction of Algonquin Township Road District Records

    June 2, 2017

  25. Here’s what was on a FB post about post records. At the end is shows it’s on her list to do. Just what was posted.

    “He spoke about the outgoing predecessor leaving records and budget for him in a stern, angry manner. The records and budget are all there. I’ve seen them in the Clerks office as I have gone in and asked to get some feedback from the outgoing Clerk. Mr. Gasser did openly admit as of that time he had not asked to see anything. Some were perplexed why the statutes were read…seems he’s worried documents will be missing. I can assure him that is not the case and there has never been a destruction order through the state. That is one thing on my list of things to do as keeper of all records. One of many of my firsts orders of business.”

  26. It sounds like maybe after so many years you can get rid of certain records I guess?

    Anyone know for sure what the statue is?

    That’s just my take on what it sounds like they are going to do.

    I haven’t seen anything else on it

  27. The sitting clerk said she wanted to get a destruction order through the state for old records.

    Her hubby posted the statute for destruction of records.

    I don’t recall her saying she was just going to destroy records at will.

    Hopefully, Chuck never destroyed records.

    Time will tell. Chuck and Ryan may have explaining to do, Tick tock………..

  28. The web of deceit will continue to grow.

    This is the same guy that Cary’s Mayor Klownick praised as being the person who has helped Cary more “than any other” during his campaign. Tic toc, the curtain is falling…

  29. Yes State statutes allow for the destruction of records, and the rules probably vary by government office.

    But if there’s a new person coming in, there is not a good public reason to destroy records before that person is allowed to have a say on the matter and review the records if they choose to do so.

    There may be some exceptions if space is really cramped or a fire hazard but that would be unique.

    Once again, some school boards routinely destroy closed session minutes and tapes every few years.

    Which seems ridiculous as disk storage is cheap and if there are literally media tapes (as opposed to digital data on a disk), media tapes don’t physically take up much space,


    MillerTimesOver on 06/04/2017 at 8:43 said:

    “Here is what was on a FB post about post records.”



    It’s been deleted?

    Referring to Karen Lukasik’s (current Algonquin Township County Clerk) Facebook?


    “I can assure him that is not the case and there has never been a destruction order through the state.”


    Through the state?

    A township has to go through the state to destroy records?


    “That is one thing on my list of things to do as keeper of all records.”


    What is one thing on (her?) list of things to do as keeper of records?

    Destroy records?

    Is that the origination of the allegation the Algonquin Township Clerk wants to destroy records?

  30. Mark-a destruction order through the state is not something that happens overnight, it is a process that takes months to happen.

    There is plenty of time to review the records.

    The spin on here just amazes me.

  31. She should have ordered a briefcase instead.

    I too am so excited about this.

    He’ll waste more $$ on this lawsuit.

    Bob and Anna will not be found guilty of any crime.

    Supplies, lunches etc, purchased for the Township, certainly people don’t love it but not illegal.

    Now back to rabble rabble rabble rabble

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    Recipient of benefit. The person who performs services for you is considered the recipient of a fringe benefit provided for those services. That person may be considered the recipient even if the benefit is provided to someone who didn’t perform services for you. For example, your employee may be the recipient of a fringe benefit you provide to a member of the employee’s family.

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    Any fringe benefit you provide is taxable and must be included in the recipient’s pay unless the law specifically excludes it. Section 2 discusses the exclusions that apply to certain fringe benefits. Any benefit not excluded under the rules discussed in section 2 is taxable.
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    The rules used to determine the value of a fringe benefit are discussed in section 3.

    If the recipient of a taxable fringe benefit is your employee, the benefit is subject to employment taxes and must be reported on Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. However, you can use special rules to withhold, deposit, and report the employment taxes. These rules are discussed in section 4.

  33. There are exemption limitations on de minimis meals provided ‘not on premises’ and limitations on any tax exclusions unless fringe benefits equally provided to all employees, and exemption limitations on dollar amounts of all other ‘exempted’ fringe benefits.

    It is just a matter of finding some party willing, with jurisdiction, to check thorough other public employees’ use of public money.

    The Whistleblower Law provides protection and monetary incentive for parties with knowledge of misfeasance to step up and report details of misuse of public funds.

  34. Like Susan said, “Step up!”

    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

  35. On 6/4/17 at 10:43am, “Susan” asked: “How far back are credit card companies required to hold electronic copies?”

    Financial services companies (banks, credit card companies, credit unions, etc.) are required to maintain such records for seven (7) years AFTER the account is closed.

    There should, therefore, be plenty of records available to whomever wishes to duly request them.

  36. Evil already triumphed! He is our sexual-assaulter-in-chief and lives in the White House. He also tweets nonsense like some of my compassionate conservative friends post here in the sunshine blog. Tic, tock, tic, tock…

  37. Karen

    Seems to no more then the Detectives

    Andrew is feeding the info to Karen for here to post on Facebook

    Karen Nina (AKA) Karen Tirio Here is text of the story for those who are not on the blog and to help answer any questions : In a suit filed yesterday, Andrew Gasser, Algonquin Township Road Commissioner, sued Township Clerk Karen Lukasik, plus former Road Commissioner Robert Miller and his wife Anna May, who served as Miller’s Administrative Assistant.

    The new Highway Commissioner is seeking a court order restraining the three “from destroying any records rightfully belonging to the Algonquin Township.”

    Gasser, noting that “no electronic records” for the Road District “are known to exist.”

    “There is not a single e-mail in the records,” the filing by attorney Robert Hanlon states.”

    Although the records were requested from Miller by Gasser, “to date, Miller has turned over absolutely no substantive records” of the Department.

    “Miller used a private e-email account to conduct…business,” as did his wife.

    Cover page of the “Collective Bargaining Agreement.”

    The cause of action points out that there are “no correspondences between Business Agents of the international Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150 and Miller exist in the records of the Algonquin Township Highway Department.

    Neither are records pertaining to the bargaining with Local 150 found.

    The suit reveals that upon Gasser’s taking office, “Local 150 began issuing grievances related to a purported labor agreement.”

    The statement of facts then veers in credit card by Miller, revealing that there are “no expense records” to be found.

    Then comes information which will probably raise eyebrows:

    On or about May 30, 2017, an anonymous package arrived at Algonquin Township addressed to ‘Highway Dept., c/o Andrew Gasser, 3702 N.S. Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. The return address was the Algonquin Township offices.

    Anna May Miller

    Contained within the package were various records of credit card purchase on a Capital One credit card and an American Express Platinum Business Credit Card.

    The total balance shown on the respective cardholder statements were expensed to the Algonquin Township Highway Department.

    However, numerous purchases were for women’s clothing (including but not limited to Prada, Lands’ End, Levenger, and Orvis, another retainler of high end quality women’s fashions.

    The American Express statements “are addressed to Algonquin Twnshp Hwy Robert Miller.”

    Purchases, for which credit card statements are attached to the suit, include

    $384.53 – Lavenger Catalog/Webdelray BCH, dated 11-7-14
    $329 – a purse

    It’s hard to read, but description of the item purchased is “Your Bag, Your Way Tote Grape/Black Levenger Gift Card $50GWP.” The credit card bill for the purse is $329, purse. The dates 11/7/14 and 11/9/14 appear on the statement.
    “The stack of credit card charges and invoice documents link specific charges to specific items of women’s clothing based upon UPC codes and item numbers,” the text continues.

    The $329 purse.
    Over 200 pages of statements and identified purchases “suggest financial misconduct at Algonquin Township via the use of Miller’s credit card as well as other schemes and artifices.”

    Bob Miller endorsements for Algonquin Township office.
    Next the suit moves onto Township Clerk Lukasik, who ran on a ticket with Miller.

    It says newly-elected Clerk Lukasik “has articulated that she intends to destroy various records of Algonquin Township, presumably included records of Miller’s use of official credit cards for personal use.”

    Revealing another angle is the assumption that gift cards purchased “were in turn used to purchase personal goods unrelated to the business of government of Algonquin Township.”

    Attorney Hanlon suggests there was “a scheme…to received additional compensation beyond salaries as well as ‘bonuses.’”

    The suit suggests “the pattern and practice of the use of credit cars as described herein extends many years into the past.”

    The documents in the package, however only date from 2012 to December, 2016.

    Gasser asks for the documents “to ascertain if the amounts charged to the Algonquin Township Highway Department served any lawful purpose.”

    He also says that getting the e-mail records of the two Millers “may aid in the investigation of potential criminal conduct (i.e. the misuse of government money).

    Without the injunction requested, Hanlon argues that “there is no adequate remedy at law to prevent “the People of Algonquin Township, including plaintiff,” from suffering irreparable harm, as well as “undermine the rule of law and create a threat to the enforcement of the right of the People to open government.”

    Also noted is state law requires the delivery of records, but enforcement is up to a judge.

    The case has been assigned to Judge Michael Chmiel.

  38. “Joe”:

    Actually what you say came from someone named Karen is just a verbatim copy/paste from this blog’s June 2nd entry entitled “Andrew Gasser Asks Injunction Preventing Destruction of Algonquin Township Road District Records”.

    Sorry to squash your conspiracy theory.

  39. Will the NW Herald cover this newstory … or spike it like they do most of the time when one of their darlings like Booby get in hot water???

  40. Something smells here and it’s the timing of this witch hunt.

    Very suspicious

  41. Why is the ‘timing of the witch hunt suspicious’ ?

    Seriously, what do you mean by that ‘the Mrs’ ?

    This is NOT a witch hunt but IS information finally
    coming out about the Miller’s & IS long overdue.

  42. The Mrs. didn’t get the memo that every single liberal witch hunt went down in flames on June 8th.

    She still wants to accuse others of what she is guilty of.

    Maybe she’s Mrs. Miller.

  43. I am so relieved and I totally understand.

    I loved my Dad. He gave me the briefcase I did not understand in till now what that meant.

    I am thankful to everyone who did this for me.

    I have been having a hard time grieving my loss.

    my mind woke up thanks to my diagnosis with agreesive Rumertory arthritis the medication.

    the fog lifted and my questioned briefcase .

    my Dad warned me things would be tough.

    I’m relieved thank you.

    Julie raymond.seeing you soon I can finally rest.

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