$18,492.88 Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lukasik didn’t record the June meeting of the Algonquin Township Board, but at least two others did.
One streamed in live on FaceBook.
Those attending or watching first heard Debra McCracken say in public comment that Algonquin Township Attorney Robert Hanlon
“plagiarized”and shouldn’t be paid.
She called for the dismissal of any who violates [a] profession’s ethics.
She further accused him of “professional misconduct.”
Discussing the approval of legal fees by the Road District, Trustee Melissa Victor said,
“I have a hard time paying any more legal fees until I know he’s doing his own work.”
David Chapman, another Trustee joined in.
“I think it’s horrendous and egregious that he’s taking other people’s work and charging for it.”
Trustee Rachael Lawrence observed that she had “asked for a copy of all the pleadings but have not been provided any.”
“They have been given to the Clerk,” Attorney James Kelly replied.
Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser cited a United States Supreme Court decision that defended copying and pasting from other sources because the attorney filing such verbiage was taking personal responsibility for it.
A motion to require all attorneys working for Algonquin Township to carry malpractice insurance passed 4-1 with
Lawrence in opposition.
The motion was aimed at Hanlon, who does not carry malpractice insurance.
There was a fairly long discussion about the practice of setting up tents, tables and chairs for community organizations by the Road District.
Gasser reported that state law does not allow Road Districts to provide that service, but townships can.
He proposed handing over the stored items, plus a trailer to the non-Road District part of Algonquin Township through an intergovernmental agreement.
The last resolution on the agenda concerned nepotism.
Without mentioning the topic, Chapman said, “I object to the consideration of the item.”
It was postponed until the next meeting.
“It’s not like we’re not going to pass a resolution,” explained Supervisor Chuck Lutzow.
“It’s we want to have it written.”