Out of well-meaning intentions, the Dundee Township supervisor was about to run afoul of the law proposing a budget with software licensing through her own company
In neighboring Dundee Township in Kane County, Supervisor Trish Glees (I-turned-D, West Dundee) was advised by the Edgar County Watchdogs Jim Kraft her proposed budget with software licensing through her own company, would run afoul of the law.
At a special meeting this past Wednesday night, Supervisor Glees explained to the township board accessing remote she was advised of the potential wrongdoing within the proposed budget, and she apologized to the board and residents of the wrong decision.
Her intention was to pay for software licenses for the township through her company at cost as part of the proposed fiscal year 2021-2022 budget, still being drafted by the township.
The 2 1/2 minute video of Glees’ apology can be found here.
Given Glees’ actions were of noble intention, appears the Edgar County Watchdogs intervened before any law was broken, as appears the proposed action was for the budget year 2021-2022, which has yet to be adopted, even in draft form, prior to correcting the potential error.
It also appears Glees acted alone, without input from the board of trustees. It should be noted Trustee Sue Harney (R-turned-D, Sleepy Hollow) is a former 4-term supervisor of the township, so had a formal vote/action by the township board been moved and seconded, either Harney, the other trustees or the township attorney would have stopped the action.
Glees is running for reelection to a 2nd term on April 6, this year as a Democrat and ran unopposed in the Democrat primary last month. Glees ran as an independent in 2017, defeating the Republican nominee for the open supervisor spot.
Her opponent in 2021 is Arin Thrower (I, West Dundee) who lives exactly one block from Glees, and shares the same house number, but on parallel streets.
A new grassroots group, the Dundee Township, IL Citizens for Integrity, issued the following statement on their Facebook page concerning Glees’ indiscretion:
“Dundee Township Board Meeting March 3, 2021, Trish Glees Township Supervisor (D) admits wrongdoing after Watch Dog Group schooled her on the laws.
“She apparently DID NOT tell the taxpayers here it was her own IT business that was billing the Township. That is illegal. And this shows she wasn’t forthcoming until a Watch Dog group intervened.”Dundee Township IL Citizens for Integrity Facebook post, 3/4/21
As noted above, it is not clear if an actual violation of law took place, and by all appearances, an illegal act was prevented. I reviewed meeting minutes for past few months, and found no township board action involving the payment of taxpayer monies to Glees’ consulting firm.
If anyone has information to the contrary, please let McHenry County Blog know of specific meeting minutes where any potential illegal action took place.
That said, the near-incident does show questionable judgement, in spite of noble intention, of Supervisor Glees, or at the very least, a lack of due diligence.
UPDATE: Reference to Glees running as a Republican in 2017 was corrected.