Franks Calls on Algonquin Township Board to Schedule Referendum on Fall Ballot to Put Road Commissioner Under Their Control

Jack Franks has sent the following email to members of the Algonquin Township Board: I am writing this letter to urge the Township Board to put a binding referendum on the November ballot to abolish the Algonquin Township Highway Department. … Continue reading

Algonquin Township May Have Violated the Open Meetings Act

Illinois Leaks’John Kraft filed a complaint with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office contending that the agenda of the last regular meeting of Algonquin Township was inadequate. Kraft contended that “Reconfiguration of Office Space” did not adequately inform the public that … Continue reading

Township Road Commissioners Seem To Have Death Wish

The Northwest Herald continues in its campaign to point out the underside of township government. It has concentrated on McHenry County’s largest townships, minus Grafton. Although it waited a long time to look at the spending of former Algonquin Township … Continue reading

Bob Miller Is Not the Only Algonquin Township Road Commissioner to Use “Miscellaneous” Pay

Through a Freedom of information request Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser provided documents similar to those used previously to look at miscellaneous payments to Highway Department employees. While I have not had time to do the analysis, a Friend … Continue reading

Bob Miller on Nepotism

Since most people think Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller lost his re-election campaign because of the nepotism issue that opponent Andrew Gasser nursed for over a year, I thought some might be interested in what Miller said about the … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Controversy Makes Top Story in Chicago Tribune Monday

The fight between newly-elected Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser and the man he barely beat a little over thirteen months ago, Bob Miller, made a story on the top of the front page of the Chicago Tribune Monday. The … Continue reading

Jack Franks Wanted to Have Cal Skinner Arrested

We’re back to McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ paranoia. He thinks he is important enough that someone would want to kill him. [Cue canned laughter.] He pretends that he was scared for his life (and his family’s) when a … Continue reading

Former Democratic County Board Member Nick Chirikos Gets $550 in Bonuses Miscellaneous Income from Bob Miller

Former McHenry County Board member Nick Chirikos was employed by Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller during his last year in office. Chirikos beat Republican Bob Bless in 2012. Republican Andrew Gasser beat him four years later. Chirikos was hired … Continue reading

Andrew Gasser Asks Court to Order Immediate Return of Bob Miller’s $47,000 in Deferred Sick Pay

Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser sued Township Clerk Karen Lukasik, former Road Commissioner Bob Miller and his administrative assistant and wife Anna May Miller to prevent them from destroying Road District records. The suit was augmented earlier this month … Continue reading

Federal Judge Orders $400 per Hour Payment to Robert Hanlon, Less Than Rate Charged Algonquin Township

There has been criticism of attorney Robert Hanlon’s rate of compensation while he is representing Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser. As reported before, Hanlon won a case against a labor union in northwestern Indiana. Now the Magistrate Judge has … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser Asks Court to Force Return of $47,000 Quarter Century Deferred Sick Pay from Bob Miller

In the court filing on February 20, 2018, by Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser, most of the motion concerns retention of records which Gasser could not find when he took office on Mary 15, 2017. That was covered in … Continue reading

Friend of Bob Miller Firing by Andrew Gasser Upheld by Administrative Law Judge

Ryan Greene, one of the Algonquin Township Road District employees featured in our miscellaneous income articles, was fired October 10,2017, for misconduct by Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser. See Ryan Green Highest in Algonquin Township Road District “Miscellaneous” Pay After Three … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser Asks Court to Force Algonquin Township Clerk to Repay $250 “Bonus”

Included in Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser’s suit against Township Clerk Karen Lukasik, former Road Commissioner Bob Miller and Anna May Miller, the wife who worked for him while he was in office, is a request that Lukasik be … Continue reading

New Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser Court Filing Against Township Clerk Karen Lukasik, Predecessor Bob Miller

This past week, attorney Robert Hanlon, on behalf of Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser, filed another brief in the case that started out as one to make certain that records were not destroyed. Besides Township Clerk Karen Lukasik, former … Continue reading

Sheriff Passes Algonquin Towsnship Phone Hacking to State Police and State’s Attorney

McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim’s deputies were the law enforcement officials who were called about the Algonquin Township phone hacking yesterday. Today, a spokeman for the Sheriff’s Office told McHenry County Blog that the Sheriff had turned over the criminal … Continue reading

Local 150 Turns Down Negotiation Request from Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser

On February, Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser attorney Robert Hanlon sent an email to Local 150 of the Operating Engineers asking if the union was entering into contract negotiations. It was a short message to Bryan P. Diemer with … 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

Edgar County Watchdogs Provide Legal Clarity

The following article is reprinted with permission from the author. The ECWd clarify discrepancies in the Northwest Herald article printed yesterday http://www.nwherald.com/2018/01/23/algonquin-township-highway-commissioner-andrew-gasser-wins-round-in-labor-dispute/ab2gl2v/ Algonquin Township – State Labor Relations Board rejects Administrative Law Judge recommendations McHenry Co. (ECWd) – When it … Continue reading