Open Meeting Act Violation by Algonquin Township Board

Here is what Illinois Leaks found by reading the Algonquin Township agenda for its last meeting and then listening to what the Board members did.  It is reprinted by permission. Algonquin Township unanimously violates law BY JMKRAFT ON NOVEMBER 16, 2018 • ( 3 COMMENTS ) … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Board Seems to Want Another Lawsuit

Kirk Allen of Illinois Leaks writes of last night’s Algonquin Township Board meeting.  His article is printed here with permisison: Algonquin Township Board asks to get sued again – BY JMKRAFT ON NOVEMBER 14, 2018 • ( 1 COMMENT ) Algonquin Township (ECWd) – At this … 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

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

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

Will Algonquin Township Trustee David Chapman Change His Mind on Holding Referendum to Put Road District Under Township Board?

When Algonquin Township Trustee Rachael Lawrence proposed that the Township Board put a referendum on the ballot this fall to put the Road District under the jurisdiction of the Township Board starting in 2021, she could not get a second … 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

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

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

Skillicorn Joins Franks in Calling for Referendum to Put Algonquin Township Road District Under Township Board in 2021

A press release from State Rep. Allen Skillicorn: Franks, Skillicorn Asking Algonquin Township for Referendum to Abolish Highway Department WOODSTOCK, Ill. – State Rep. Allen Skillicorn is joining McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ call for the Algonquin Township Board … Continue reading

$1,000 Algonquin Township Contribution to McHenry County Historical Society Challenged

From Illinois Leaks, reprinted with permission: Algonquin Township failed miserably with donations to Historical Society BY JMKRAFT ON JUNE 6, 2018 • ( 2 COMMENTS ) ALGONQUIN, IL. (ECWd) – When a Township donates taxpayer funds to a museum, for instance, the McHenry County Historical Society … Continue reading

Gasser Not Kicked Out of Algonquin Township Hall

Trumpeted by the Northwest Herald, the ousting of Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser and his staff from the Township Hall did not live up to its billing. When the end of the Monday night agenda was reached, Trustee David … 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

Wondering If Majority of Algonquin Township Board Has Realized Attempt to Evict Road Commissioner from Town Hall Helps Campaign to Abolish Township

The following is on the agenda of the Algonquin Township Board tonight: Old Business: Township Building space allocation, office & storage space relocation, as well as records storage and consolidation. Relocation of Highway Commissioners office by June 11, 2018. Guess … Continue reading

Rachael Lawrence, Treasurer of the McHenry County GOP & Algonquin Township Trustee, Supports Bill Allowing Townships to Be Abolished by Referendum

From Algonquin Township Trustee Rachael Lawrence, who was elected Treasurer of the McHenry County Republican Party without opposition last week, gives her views on State Rep. David McSweeney’s bill to allow voters to put referendums on the ballot to abolish … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Trustee Rachael Lawrence Says She Didn’t Go to Springfield to Lobby

Rachael Lawrence gives different take on trip to Springfield than what was conveyed in the Northwest Herald. In a comment under my article on the NWH’s article {“Algonquin Township Officials Fear for their Jobs“) she wrote: I attended this “Township … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Officials Fear for Their Jobs

The Northwest Herald has an article today about attempts by Algonquin Township Trustees driving to Springfield in an aapparent attempt to keep their jobs. Here’s the first sentence of the article by reporter Ed Komenda: Algonquin Township officials traveled to … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Trustee Rachael Lawrence Featured in Township Officials’ Magazine

When I was a State Representative, the Township Officials of Illinois used to send me its magazine. I enjoyed reading it. Last month the monthly magazine featured an interview of Algonquin Township Trustee Rachael Lawrence, who was elected last year. … Continue reading

Melissa Victor Makes Issue Out of Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser Legal and Computer Forensic Audit Bills

Algonquin Township Trustee Melissa Victor took exception to paying two of Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser’s bills. She argued that attorney Robert Hanlon’s bill should not be approved, nor should the one to pay for a forensic audit of … Continue reading

Compensation for Algonquin Township Officials

The compensation resolution passed by the last Algonquin Township Board has been supplied by current Clerk Karen Lukasik. The information I extracted can be found below: Supervisor – $55,000 + $1,000 for being Road District Treasurer Highway Commissioner – $93,204.08 … Continue reading