State Police Investigating Credit Card Expenditures of Lake County Board Chairman

When McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim declared that he had a conflict of interest in the investigation of Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller’s credit card charges (because Prim had supported Miller’s re-nomination for the office), he turned the matter … Continue reading

Special Algonquin Township Meeting Thursday to Consider Intergovernmental Agreement Between Township and Road District

Published on the Algonquin Township web site is a notice for a special meeting on Thursday night at 7 PM. Here is what the agenda says the meeting is about: Adopt Intergovernmental Agreement Between Algonquin Township and the Algonquin Township … Continue reading

Banned from the Algonquin Township Hall by Supervisor Chuck Lutzow, Highway Department Deputy Ryan Provenzano Now in Road District Office

For reasons never made quite clear to me, Algonquin Township Supervisor Chuck Lutzow banned his assistant Ryan Provenzano from the Township Hall when he fired him. Provenzano saw his part-time gig with Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser turned into … Continue reading

“Man Bites Dog” Story on Front Page of the Northwest Herald

It’s OK if a newspaper trashes a public official. That has happened to Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser more than a few time in the Northwest Herald. Yet, negative publicity was never levied at his predecessor Bob Miller  while … Continue reading

Former Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Asserts Right to Keep Highway Department Records Secret

Illinois Leaks reports on the latest development in its quest to obtain records from former Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller’s regime. The article is reprinted with permission. Algonquin Township – Under the Big Top – Gooch & Miller Show … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Senior Bus Running on Deadline Day

I was out and about on Friday and stopped next to the Algonquin Township Senior Bus at the Congress Parkway and Main Street light in Crystal Lake. According to the email released by Township Trustee Melissa Victor at the last … Continue reading

Illinois Police Institute Features Bob and Anna May Miller’s Pensions

From the Illinois Policy Institute: AMID CONTROVERSY, POLITICAL TOWNSHIP COUPLE BANKS NEARLY $100K IN PENSION BENEFITS Voted out of office in 2017 amid allegations of patronage and waste, Algonquin Township’s former highway commissioner has since found work at neighboring townships … Continue reading

The Question of Who Can Enter the Algonquin Highway Department Office

Reprinted from Illinois Leaks with permission: Algonquin Township – “How about you just physically spit in my face Chuck.” BY KIRK ALLEN ON AUGUST 13, 2018 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) – Let the unprofessional behavior and infighting begin! In yet another stellar … Continue reading

Northwest Herald “Reporter” Ed Komenda Praised for Unflattering Photography on Private Facebook Page

It is no secret that the Northwest Herald has it in for Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser.  The local rag has put Gasser on the cover no less than eight times with drama filled headlines, click bait bylines, and … Continue reading

Algonquin Township’s Anti-Nepotism and Partonage Resolution

Reprinted from Illinois Leaks with the Edgar County Watchdogs’ permission: Algonquin Township – The Circus Tent is getting bigger BY KIRK ALLEN ON AUGUST 8, 2018 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) –Once again the big top has open for the circus show.Tonight … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser Appears to Threaten Withdrawal of Senior Bus, Recycling , etc. Services Until Deputy Allowed in Building

When Ryan Provenzano was fired by Algonquin Township Supervisor Chuck Lutzow (with photographer from the Northwest Herald told when to come take a photo), he was also banned from the Algonquin Township Hall. Provenzano was subsequently made Deputy Highway Commissioner … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Board to Consider Nepotism & Patronage Hiring Tonight

Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lukasik no longer broadcasts meetings and she doesn’t publish details of what will be considered on an agenda yet, but Township Supervisor Chuck Lutzow’s office sent the following resolutions which are on that agenda. Why his … Continue reading

Continuing Conflict Between Andrew Gasser Attorney Robert Hanlon and Algonquin Township Attorney Jim Kelly

Reprinted with permission of Illinois Leaks: Algonquin Township Attorney James Kelly files motion in case not involving the Township? BY KIRK ALLEN ON AUGUST 2, 2018 • ( 1 COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd)James Kelly, attorney for the Algonquin Township, has filed this motion to Modify a Court … Continue reading

Illinois Leaks Focuses on Algonquin Township Road Commissioner’s Efforts to Obtain District Legal Work from Former Attorney

Reprinted with permission from Illinois Leaks, a publication of the Edgar County Watchdogs: Algonquin Township Attorney James Kelly racking up legal costs – What is he hiding? BY KIRK ALLEN ON JULY 16, 2018 • ( 1 COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) – A recent Freedom … Continue reading

The Silence of the Franks

Jack Franks as State Representative and McHenry County Board Chairman has posed as a strong supporter of consolidation of governments. Let’s take a look at his record on the subject. Franks lives in the Marengo area where, probably the only … Continue reading

Illinois Leaks Points to Examples of Fake News in Northwest Herald

Illinois Leaks, the publication from Edgar County Watchdogs covers more news about Algonquin Township than the Northwest Herald. This article, which started with a comment by Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser under the NWH’s article on last week’s Township … Continue reading

More Evidence of Democratic Party Infighting

During June, McHenry County Blog ran the court papers in a suit between progressive and organization Democrats. McHenry Democrats Air Dirty Laundry in Court – Part 1 McHenry Democrats Air Dirty Laundry in Court – Part 2 McHenry Democrats Air … Continue reading

Northwest Herald Chastises Algonquin Township Board for Not Putting Road District Question on the Ballot

On Saturday, the Northwest Herald Editorial Board (Jim Ringness, Jon Styf, Eric Olson, Kyle Nabors and Hannah Prokop) gave a “Thumbs-down” to those on the Algonquin Township Board who refused to put a referendum on the ballot concerning putting the … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ Support of Bob Miller’s Tenure Evident in Road District Abolition Referendum Support

Republished with permission from Illinois Leaks: McHenry Co. Chairman Jack Franks letter to Algonquin Township is a lie BY JMKRAFT ON JULY 12, 2018 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry County, IL. (ECWd) –When we used the term “lie” in the title, we define it … Continue reading