Algonquin Township Road District Attorney Rob Hanlon had decided to pull out of the litigation started by Local 150 against Andrew Gasser.
He filled such a motion today in Lake County Court:
Hanlon wrote the following to Gasser:
This letter serves as a Notice of Default to Algonquin Township Road District with respect to amounts due under the engagement letters with my office.
As you know, you executed an engagement letter which provides that my services would be billed at the standard hourly rate of $400/hr.
I have submitted bills to the Road District that have gone unpaid.
I have further agreed to work with you and the Road Distict despite the ongoing hostility of the board to both of us.
However, I cannot continue to work and avoid other business opprotunities that are available to me while a group of vindictive people make arbirtrary decisions concerning a clear contract that they voted to approve without any limitations.
I have attached the engagement letter for the Local 150 work and its corresponding rider that supports the charges on the invoices that the board of auditors rejected necessitating this Notice.
To the extent that, within 5 business days, I do not receive payment of $179,864.70 (amounts of all of the invoices that you submitted to the board of auditors most recently), I will commence an action to collect the amounts invoiced plus all other amounts that have become due as a result of the default of the Road District.
Amongst the remedies is the cost of collection, attorney fees, collection of all courtesy discounts, and other remedies.
You should also be aware that Illinois has a Prompt Payment Act that allows additional interest under that act in connection with the non-payment of government obligations.
Under the Prompt Payment Act, the statutory interest is set at 9% (the same as in our agreement).
I’m sure Mr. Kelly can explain it to the Board of Auditors, but I doubt he will.
Also attached is a copy of the Affidavit you executed the last time the Board of Auditiors played games with my invoices.
I will be asking you to execute another such affidavit after you have a chance to confer with independent counsel.