Illinois Leaks Kirk Allen read a long comment from “Nob” and offered a reply.
Allen’s replies follow Nob’s questions and comments in boldface type.
Lots of questions Kirk Allen:
“As it relates to the position claiming she has to be present in order for a meeting to be held, four days prior to my article she was advised by legal counsel on that matter and we were correct in our assertion.”
Your article was dated Nov 26, and she received the legal opinion Nov 22, which according to the township lawyer was to late already.
Do you think since it was discussed earlier Nov 20, the township lawyer was lacking in being timely, or just incompetent, or had to look it up because of ignorance? The lawyer had advised in time to get it done according to those I spoke with.
““Further, you stated on November 20 you stated that you would have the notice published.”
Is this taken out of context since she needed the meeting info from the Supervisor and also must of asked for a legal opinion at the same time and didn’t get either till Nov 22. To late wasn’t it? It wasn’t too late on the 20th when she advised it would get done. She did not need to wait on anything from the Supervisor as it was HER duty, not the Supervisors.
““I am not appointing a deputy clerk at this time.”
I wonder what happened between November 22nd, 2017, when she said she is not appointing a deputy clerk at this time and November 25th, 2017, where she changed positions on the subject as part of her excuse for FOIA compliance?”
So since we know the records have been rifled through by various people or you probably wouldn’t have the records you do, and you yourself complained in a post on Nov 24 of not getting a FOIA request completed, and she also is dealing with other requests for records, since she is a rookie, maybe she now realizes she can’t save any $$$$ and needs help, don’t ya think cutting her some slack since the past Clerk, now Supervisor isn’t helping her? Thus my question, what happen between that time frame. Supervisor is not in charge of the records and after 6 months in office she should have a handle on where records are at in my opinion.
“Additionally, the email communications appear to point to a little kingdom feud going on.”
Sure, the past Clerk now Supervisor let the New Road Commissioner, a new Board member, and who knows else rifle through the records. Public officials shall not be forbidden right to access records applicable to their job, as directed by the courts!
The new Clerk claims records are missing, we have a new patronage worker Ryan, who started less than a year ago at $13 per hour, now making $33 per hour giving her smit. OK
So if you were in her position, and didn’t even get access to all the records for almost a month, would you be happy? If I was not given access I would have TAKEN access as the clerk is the custodian of the records. Not concerned with her happiness.
Do you think the Township lawyer is obstructing since he needs the good will of the Supervisor to keep his position? Have no clue but NOTHING surprises me with lawyers.
Since you’ve already printed copies of records while not getting your FOIA info, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure where you and the McHenry County Blog are getting leaks from. Oh please do tell! To date I have NO CLUE who provided a flash drive of information in our mail box at the office.
“It is becoming clear the Algonquin Township Clerk, Karen Lukasik, is either obstructing the operations of the Township or at a minimum completely ignorant of what her obligations are.”
Completely ignorant is a false opinion of course, all the new people elected at Alg Twh except the Supervisor are rookies, some ignorance of all the different laws should be expected. You don’t thinks so? No, not to the level being displayed by this clerk. It takes just a few minutes to read the applicable statutes on a subject and then act on them. If I can figure it out, and Im not a clerk or an attorney, why cant she?
Why has there been no Watch dogging on the Supervisor who just took the 5th in relationship to new camera’s placement? PLEASE provide the information on that. We are over 4 hours away and have no information on this.
Kirk you said you don’t play games, yet you frame your posts in a way that is nothing more than political waltzing, which sir is playing games! We welcome your opinion. Don’t know the players or the political make up of this board and don’t care.