Last Thursday, County Clerk-elect Joe Tirio was not the only one to have a victory in McHenry County Court.
Tirio won the right to find out what Jack Franks’ ally smeared him with hit pieces during the Republican Primary Election.
The Edgar County Watchdogs, which publishes Illinois Leaks, got a court order from Associate Judge Thomas Meyer ordering the Algonquin Township Road District to pay $45,000.
This is $5,000 more than would have been the case if the Township Board had followed Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser’s advice in October, but it is still less than the original $50,000 sought.
Here is Road District Attorney Robert Hanlon’s email to Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser about the judge’s court order:
Dear Mr. Gasser:
Please find attached the order of the Circuit Court entered today. The Circuit Court rejected all of Algonquin Township’s arguments in support of the objection to the entry of the order.
The Court order reads:
This cause coming on to be heard on the objection of Algonquin Township as to the proposed settlement agreement and agreed order. The court having reviewed the parties briefs and considered oral argument, it is ordered:
- Algonquin Township Objection to the settlement agreement and entry of the proposed agreed order is overruled and denied.
- Nothing in this order serves to order Algonquin Township to perform any action beyond normal requirements imposed by operation of law (i.e. FOIA requests must be answered and complied with.)
- Algonquin Township Road District and Plaintiffs having represented to the court they agree as to the following to dispose of Plaintiffs Claims against the Road District as follows:
a) Judgment enters in favor of the Plaintiffs Kirk Allen, John Kraft and Edgar County Watchdogs, Inc. in the amount of $45,000 instanter.
b) The Algonquin township Road District is ordered to produce all road district records set forth in the parties settlement agreement and in its possession or control. the Road District to pay the costs of Production of Documents.
c) Plaintiffs and Road District to pay its own attorney fees and costs of suit.
d) All counts directed to the Road District are dismissed with prejudice. As to any count directed to both the road District and the Township,
This order of dismissal impacts only those claims against the Road District and not the township.
All of Plaintiffs claims against the Township remain unchanged by this Order.