The Edgar County Watchdogs have posted an article on line relating to the Algonquin Township Clerk and her portion of the CBS investigation which aired this past Monday. This article is reprinted with permission.
Algonquin Township Clerk – Cry me a river!
CBS 2 Chicago did a fine job expanding on the malfeasance that took place in the Algonquin Township Road District while under the failed leadership of Bob Miller, it was the Clerk’s comments that got our attention in that report.
The report shares the fact the Clerk, Karen Lukasik is being sued for stonewalling the current Highway Commissioner’s attempts to get records. We know what that stonewalling looks like and are moving our failed attempts to get records to the courts as well.
During the interview, she said: “we’re supposed to be serving the people”, followed up with a claim he (Andrew Gasser) is not doing that, but rather serving himself. She also went on with an emotional claim of: “I don’t know many people that would stick it out, but I’m not going to quit, I’m not going to quit”.
We are not sure why she was so emotional but all we can say is Cry Me A River. Her own actions have proven she is stonewalling us on FOIA requests, and to date, I believe she represents the worst case of FOIA non-compliance we have ever come across, even when considering Carlinville.
For one that claims “we’re supposed to be serving the people”, it might do her well to start doing that and earn the measly $1200.00 a month she depends on.
“My direct deposit did not go in I need a check today as soon as possible. I will be working there today so l will expect to get that before noon, please. I’m assuming you are in today as well? Why is there always a problem with my pay??? I count on that measley 1200 a month. Getting very frustrating” (Lukasik Text Message)
Considering it was her own words that said she counts on the measly $1,200.00 a month, is it safe to draw the conclusion she is not quitting because of this need, more so than the claim of being there to serve the people?
Considering us and others are taking her to court to get our records, it’s clear serving the people has a different meaning to her.
Used in this article: Photo (screenshot) and video (clip) from CBS News 2, Chicago.