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

Steve Reick Weighs in On McSweeney’s Frank(s)enstein

McSweeney’s “Frank(s)enstein Posted on November 21, 2018 by WordPress.com Support McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks is on record as supporting Representative David McSweeney’s Township consolidation bill (H.B. 4637), saying that “We want to be a laboratory for the state.”This may make for a … 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

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

Lake County Judge Orders Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser to Appear in Court re Arbitration with Local 150

For failure to obey a September 20, 2018, Court Order, Algonquin Township Road Commissioner has been order to appear in the Lake County Judge’s Courtroom on December 11th at 2:30. The reason is Gasser’s refusal to take part in arbitration … 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

Algonquin Township Salt Bid Muffed

A press release from Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser: Each year the Algonquin Township Road District has been purchasing salt to ensure the roads of the District are safe. Each year the Road District uses at least 2,000 tons … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Road District Hiring Laborer

From Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser: We are hiring! We have an opening for a laborer’s position. Here is the Indeed link! https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?t=municipal+crew+worker&jk=4929dace98ab2b65&_ga=2.192456163.87625488.1539451213-626490179.1520350071 Please share it with those who may be looking for work. We have a great team … 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

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

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