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

Background on Algonquin Township Freedom of Information Act Violations

Article Reprinted with permission from Illnois Leaks: Algonquin Township – The Circus tent is alive and well…ok, not so well BY KIRK ALLEN ON NOVEMBER 28, 2018 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) –Algonquin Township Attorney James Kelly has provided some interesting information … Continue reading

Another View of the Edgar County Watchdogs Suit against Algonquin Township Freedom of Information That Is Costing $45,000 So Far

Yesterday, McHenry County Blog shared McHenry County Associate Judge Thomas Meyer’s court order mandating $45,000 be paid from Algonquin Township Road District tax dollars to the Edgar County Watchdogs. Today, the article about the case published in the Watchdogs’ publication … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Road District Ordered to Pay Edgar County Watchdogs $45,000 for Clerk’s Non-Responses to Freedom of Information Requests

Last Thursday, County Clerk-elect Joe Tirio was not the only one to have a victory in McHenry County Court. Tirio won the right to find out what Jack Franks’ ally smeared him with hit pieces during the Republican Primary Election. … 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

Union Members Demonstrate at Algonquin Township

Local 150 isn’t happy with Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser. Last night a truck with a lighted sign showed up at the Algonquin Township Board meeting. Not only was there a lighted sign, but folks stood on Route 14 … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Planning Tax Cut for Next Year

Tonight is the monthly Algonquin Township Board meeting at the Township Hall. Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser cut his levy 5% last year. The last year that predecessor Bob Miller was in office, his levy was cut 3%. The first budget … Continue reading

Illinois Leaks Looks at Andrew Gasser’s Case Against the Algonquin Township Board

Reprinted with permission from Illinois Leaks: Algonquin Township Road District seeks Preliminary Injuction, Mandamus, Declaratory Judgment and other Relief against Algonquin Township BY KIRK ALLEN ON NOVEMBER 10, 2018 • ( 2 COMMENTS ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) – Summary of the Case: “Defendants illegally reduced the Algonquin … Continue reading

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

Peter Roskam-Sean Casten Election Results in McHenry County’s Algonquin Township

Here are the Algonquin Township election results for Peter Roskam and Sean Casten:   Party Candidate % Votes DEM SEAN CASTEN 52.14% 14,535 REP PETER J. ROSKAM 47.86% 13,342 Votes Cast 27,877 ALGONQUIN 1 ALGONQUIN 1 277 Party Candidate % … Continue reading

Illinois Leaks Predicts More Cost from Failure of Algonquin Township Board to Settle FOIA Suit with Algonquin Township Road District by Township Board

Reprinted with permission from Illinois Leaks: Algonquin Township – The Circus Tent just collapsed BY KIRK ALLEN ON OCTOBER 20, 2018 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) –About the time you think the last circus act has performed, surprise, the show must go … 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

Algonquin Township Schedules Special Meting for Friday at 3:30

The Algonquin Township Supervisor has scheduled a Special Meeting at 3:30 Friday afternoon. The following will be considered at the request of Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser: The suit is the settlement is with the Edgar County Watchdogs Freedom of Information … Continue reading

$40,000 Going to Edgar County Watchdogs (Illinois Leaks) as a Result of Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lukasik’s FOIA Request Inaction

The Edgar County Watchdogs are becoming famous for telling those who do not reply to their Freedom of Information requests that they do no appeal to the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Bureau, but, instead, go to court. That’s what … 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

Testing Attorney-Client Privilege for Bob Miller

Reprinted with permission from Testing Attorney-Client Priviledge: Algonquin Township – “Accordingly, the billing records give colour to the existence of criminal conduct” BY KIRK ALLEN ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 • ( 1 COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) –The Algonquin Road District filed a RESPONSE IN OPPOSITION TO PETITION … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Tax Protest Records Sought

Reprinted from Illinois Leaks with permission of that publication: Algonquin Township Clerk: more records missing! BY KIRK ALLEN ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 • ( 2 COMMENTS ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) –Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the mechanism for citizens to obtain public records.The Algonquin Township Clerk, … 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