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

Algonquin Township Has Calm Meeting, Property Taxes Cut 5%

The calmest meeting of the Algonquin Township Board since new officers were elected occurred Tuesday night. The big news for the night was the passage of a budget for the Township side (excluding the Road District) that was 5% less … Continue reading

Andrew Gasser’s Answers to Bob Miller’s Questions – Part 10

Here is Andrew Gasser’s attorney Robert Hanlon’s answer to Bob Miller’s attorney Tom Gooch’s question as to why Algonquin Township’s elected officials should be deposed in the case: “All current and former elected officials associated with Algonquin Township. “Investigation continues.” … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Legal Bills for Six Months

Algonquin Township Supervisor Chuck Lutzow emailed me the Township Board agenda and packet for tonight’s 7 PM meeting. Included were expenditures for the six months ending September 30th. Here’s what each official has spent: Supervisor – $21,454.00 Highway Commissioner – … Continue reading

Looking at Assessments in McHenry County

The Chicago Tribune article on assessments has a comment on what constitute acceptable real estate assessment quality. It states that a 15% margin of error is “the highest acceptable coefficient of dispersion (margin of error).” Accuracy in your township Experts … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Road District Facing Deferred Sick Leave Payouts

In his next-to-last Algonquin Township meeting, long-time Road Commissioner Bob Miller brought forth a bill for $47,381.84 for sick pay accrued, but not paid for the years before he was elected to the top job. Under the personnel rules promulgated … Continue reading

Final Unofficial Results Show Lutzow for Supervisor, Gasser for Road Commissioner and Lukasik for Clerk in Algonquin Township

The McHenry County Clerk posts the following results for 5,013 (number of votes for Supervisor) Algonquin Township ballots under the heading “Unofficial Results – All Precincts Reporting”: Supervisor CHARLES A LUTZOW, JR (REP) 2,630 52.46% ELLEN BRADY MUELLER (REP) 2,366 … Continue reading

After Withdrawing from Lakewood Village President Race, Santowski Files as Write-In

Lakewood was the write-in sensation two years ago, when Paul Serwatka ran first as a write-in in his race for Village Trustee. He campaigned against the Tax Increment Financing District and the SportsPlex at the southern intersection of Routes 47 … Continue reading

Algonquin Township GOP Candidates

Here are the people who have filed to run in the Republican Primary Election for Algonquin Township office: Supervisor Charles A. Lutzow, Jr. Ellen M. Brady (Mueller) Highway Commissioner Robert J. Miller Andrew Gasser Clerk Karen Lukasik Melissa A. Sanchez-Fisher … Continue reading

Algonquin Township’s Salaries Go Still Higher

Last month, the Algonquin Township Board raised salaries for its elected officials. The all-Republican Township Board voted to increase pay by 1.5%. The vote was 3-2 with Supervisor Dianne Klemm joining with Trustees Dan Shay and Russ Cardelli voting in … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Assessor Bob Kunz Retiring

Bob Kunz, Algonquin Township’s Assessor since 1973, tolk his staff today that he was not running for re-election next spring. Kunz was Forrest B. Hare’s Chief Deputy when Hare retired in the middle of his second term. The Township Board, … Continue reading

Larry Emery Reports on Algonquin Township

Algonquin Township Board 06/08/16 meeting quick notes The Algonquin Township board met at 7 PM Wednesday 6/08/16. For past monthly meeting notes, please go to our website at http://www.algonquintownship.com/ (FYI-official meeting notes to be posted after approved in next meeting). … Continue reading

Lakewood Swears In Trustees, Talk Taxes, Gravel

The Lakewood Village Trustees elected last month were sworn in Tuesday night. Re-elected were Carl Davis and Ken Santowski. They were joined by newcomer Paul Serwatka, who got more votes than any other candidate and did so without having his … Continue reading

A Benefit of Consolidating Township Governments

Back in the 1970’s, Algonquin Township Assessor Forrest Hare computerized his office, probably the first to do so in the State of Illinois. He also took an interest in how assessment could be made more accurate. Hare looked at measures … Continue reading

Most Recent Compensation for Algonquin Township’s Highest Paid

Friday McHenry County Blog published the salary and pension information for Algonquin Township as seen on Open the Books. Thinking that there might be more recent information, a commenter looked at the compensation reported on the township’s web site. Required … Continue reading

The Loss of Voter Power to Township Boards

The following comment was posted about township government’s consolidation of power in township boards over the years: I do not support the creation of laws that divert attention from the real problem. Townships have become targets for elimination because Springfield … Continue reading

New Growth for McHenry County College for Recent Years

New Chief Financial Officer of MCC Bob Tenuta offered up a levy increase half of his predecessor’s 9.99%. Tenuta suggested 4.99%–just 1/100 of a percentage point below the 5% figure above which tax districts have to publish their greed in … Continue reading