Andrew Gasser in Court Asking for Permission to Levy What He Wanted, But Was Denied by Algonquin Township Board

A suit filed on September 13, 2018, by Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser against the Algonquin Township Board gets heard today. The issue is whether the Township Board has the authority to reduce a levy presented by the Road … Continue reading

Gasser Strikes Out with Algonquin Township Board at Special Friday Afternoon Meeting, Lawrence Turns Salt Purchase without Bidding “over to Law Enforcement”

It was a bad day for Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser at Friday afternoon’s Special Meeting called at his behest. He didn’t get approval to transfer $40,000 into his legal expense line item to pay what he and the … Continue reading

Illinois Leaks Not Surprised that Algonquin Township Told to Turn over Clerk Karen Lukasik’s Records of Entering the Township Hall

Reprinted from Illinois Leaks with that publication’s permission: Algonquin Township – As predicted, Kelly advice unfounded according to Attorney General PAC Office BY KIRK ALLEN ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd)-The Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor has ruled in … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Advised to Turn Over Township Hall Entrance Data for Clerk Karen Lukasik

In a fairly rapid–about a month–turnaround the Public Access Counselor of the Illinois Attorney General has advised Algonquin Township that it should turn over information about Township Clerk Karen Lukasik’s entrances in the Township Hall. The Freedom of Information request … Continue reading

Disappointment with League of Women Voters’ Senate Candidate Forum

When the six candidates running for the State Senate appeared at a forum conducted by the McHenry County League of Women Voters, I submitted a question which was not asked. It asked candidates if they would have another job while … Continue reading

Rachael Lawrence Finds Questionable Algonquin Township Road District Bills

Township Trustees are supposed to review bills looking for improper ones. In Algonquin Township, such bills are only submitted two days before Board meetings. In that time, Trustee Rachael Lawrence tagged three requests for payment approval from Algonquin Township Road … Continue reading

Again No Algonquin Township Agenda Backup Documents on Clerk’s Website

If one were looking for what was going to happen at last month’s Algonquin Township Board meeting, here is what you could have found on Township Clerk Karen Lukasik’s part of the web site: Again in September, Lukasik has not … Continue reading

NWH Chided for Incorrect Reporting on Algonquin Township’s Intergovernmental Agreement

Reprinted from Illinois Leaks with that publication’s permission: Algonquin Township – How can the local paper get it so wrong? “CLARIFICATION” BY KIRK ALLEN ON AUGUST 29, 2018 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) –In what appears to be another misinformation hit piece by the … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Cancels Thursday Meeting, One Expected Tuesday

The meeting notice on Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lukasik’s part of the Township website no longer has a meeting notice for Thursday. All mention of it has disappeared. Not even a notice that it has been cancelled. Township officials apparently … Continue reading

Attorney Jim Kelly’s Advice to Algonquin Township Board Questioned

Reprinted with permission from Illinois Leaks: Algonquin Township – Did attorney provide misinformation on bogus Resolution? BY KIRK ALLEN ON AUGUST 9, 2018 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) – Once again the Algonquin Township Supervisor Chuck Lutzow and his clown act have … Continue reading

Who Has the Power to Hire Township Employees?

Reprinted with permission from Illinois Leaks: Algonquin Township – What next from under the Circus tent? BY KIRK ALLEN ON AUGUST 8, 2018 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) –Just about the time you think you have seen it all, up jumps another … 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

Algonquin Township Replies to Edgar County Watchdog Freedom of Information Suit

Reprinted with permission of Illinois Leaks, a publication of the Edgar County Watchdogs: Algonquin Township – From “one afternoon a week” to false claims of stolen property. BY KIRK ALLEN ON JULY 28, 2018 • ( 4 COMMENTS ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) –If you want to … Continue reading

Edgar County Watchdogs ID Another Problem in Algonquin Township

Reprinted with permission. Lawlessness in Algonquin Township continues BY KIRK ALLEN ON JULY 13, 2018 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) –The more we watch the current Algonquin Township, the more we are convinced those in charge have no business in public office … 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

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

James Kelly Withdraws as Algonquin Township Road District Attorney

Attorney James Kelly has withdraw as the legal representative for the Algonquin Township Road District. Considering all the ink about Robert Hanlon’s representation of Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser, some might ask, “Who knew?” Unbeknownst to me, the Township Supervisor appoints … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Board Cuts Gasser Legal Expenses from $250,000 to $150,000

When the budget for the Algonquin Township Road District was considered by the Township Board on Monday night, the Board voted 4-1 to reduce the line item for legal fees from $250,000 to $150,000. Trustee David Chapman made the reduction … Continue reading

Edgar County Watchdogs Sue Algonquin Township for FOIA Violations

Algonquin Township and its Road District have been sued by Edgar County Watchdogss principals Kirk Allen and John Kraft. Woodstock Attorney Denise Anbroziak ia representing the plaintiffs. In sixteen counts, the suit charges the township with refusal to reply to … Continue reading

Explanation of Chuck Lutzow’s Miscellaneous Income

Question has been raised about the large amount of “miscellaneous” income during the first month that Chuck Lutzow received during his first pay period as Township Supervisor last May. When I talked with Lutzow he explained that he was Township … Continue reading