Illinois Leaks’John Kraft filed a complaint with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office contending that the agenda of the last regular meeting of Algonquin Township was inadequate.
Kraft contended that “Reconfiguration of Office Space” did not adequately inform the public that the Board might try to evict Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser from the Township Hall.
Trustees Melissa Victor, David Chapmen and Dan Shea voted to kick the Highway Department’s administrative offices out of the Township Hall.
Supervisor Chuck Lutzow and Trustee Rachael Lawrence voted against the motion.
You can read the reply from the AG’s Public Access Counselor below:
A similar Grafton Township agenda issue led to the election of Linda Moore as Township Supervisor and an protracted court case about whether a new Township Hall should be constructed.
It also led to the most attended Annual Town Meeting I have ever seen.
The case ended with a victory for Moore’s side of the issue in the Illinois Appellate Court. Jim Kelly represented Grafton Township and Jim Bishop represented the citizens who did not want a new Grafton Township Hall.
Moore kept her campaign promise to kill the proposal for a new Township Hall.
Page 7 of the Illinois Township Attorneys Association Eighth Annual Combined Spring Educational Seminar presented at the Double Tree Hotel, Bloomington Illinois May 14, 2010, gave the following explanation of the case:
“The Ziller Court further found that the board’s adoption of the debt ordinance at a 2008 meeting, which was premised on the 2007 vote at the annual town meeting, was unlawful given that the agenda for that meeting provided no information to the township electors with regard to the debt ordinance.
“The agenda item only stated “071708-01 Township Debt Service Ordinance.”
The court found that this was an insufficient notice pursuant to the Open Meetings Act.