Since most people think Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller lost his re-election campaign because of the nepotism issue that opponent Andrew Gasser nursed for over a year, I thought some might be interested in what Miller said about the subject on his web site:
It’s no secret. Both Bob Miller’s sons-in law and his wife work for him at the Algonquin Township Road District.
“The thing is, my sons in law were both working for me before they ever started dating my daughters,” explained Miller.
“Both of them do a good job.
“What was I supposed to do, say, ‘Welcome to the family. You’re fired’?”
“My wife’s employment is a little more complicated,” said Miller.
“My old office manager needed some personal time off and Anna May said, ‘Oh, I can fill in for her.’
“Well then she needed some more time and then even more time.
“By the time she finally quit, Anna had been ‘filling in’ without pay for over a year and doing a better job, anyway.”
“I didn’t see any point in trying to reinvent the wheel, so I ‘hired’ her,” Miller said.
“The State’s Attorney’s Office said it was OK and the trustees said they didn’t have a problem with it.
“That was eighteen years ago, so if there’s some sort of conflict it’s a little late to bring it up.”
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A photo of his wife in the office is included in this part of the web site.
Here is the palm card distributed during the summer after Gasser was elected Chairman of the Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee:
This was followed by this campaign piece used against McHenry County Board Anna May Miller’s unsuccessful re-election campaign: