For Those Who Think the Bob Miller 5-Year Contract with Local 150 Is Too Long

One of the arguments that Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser is making in his fight against imposition of the 5-year labor agreement that his predecessor and man he beat in the GOP Primary Election, Bob Miller, is that it … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser Rebuts Local 150 Arguments

Last week, Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser replied to the latest court filing by Local 150 of the Operating Engineers effort seeking to enforce the 5-year contract that Bob Miller, the man Gasser beat, signed just before going out … Continue reading

The Millers’ IMRF Pension Payments

Getting questions about how much Bob and Anna May Miller are receiving in pension payments from the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. The answer is Robert Miller retired effective 6/1/2017 with 44 years and 7 months of IMRF service credit. He … Continue reading

Andrew Gasser Resigns GOP Positions

While I was at Oberlin College my favorite professor was Aaron Wildavsky. He is best known for having written “The Politics of the Budgetary Process.” But he wrote another book about community power. I can’t find its title, but it … Continue reading

Algonquin Township – Appropriations v. Bills, Legal Fees

The Algonquin Township meeting on Wednesday was pretty peaceful. No Operating Engineers Local 150 balloon rats. No room crowded with angry citizens. The biggest issue was whether a bill could be paid for $23,512 to attorney Robert Hanlon for Township … Continue reading

Paint Disposal Returns to Algonquin Township

A press release from Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser: Paint Re-Cycling Returns to Algonquin Township (Crystal Lake, IL) The Algonquin Township Highway Department will be holding a specialized paint recycling drive for the entire McHenry County on Saturday, October … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Clerk Claims Official Misconduct and Eavesdropping

In her report to the Algonquin Township Board at the end of Wednesday’s meeting, Clerk Karen Lukasik reported that she has two temperature controlled upstairs rooms in Building 6. “They have been secured,” she said, telling of changing the locks. … 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

Nunda Township Road Commissioner Adds Bob Miller to Payroll as $40 an Hour Counsultant

First it was former Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Bob Miller’s son-in-law who was put on the Nunda Township payroll by Nunda Township Road Commissioner Mike Lesperance. Now, thought a Freedom of Information request, it has been learned that Miller himself … Continue reading

Dennis Road Culverts Now Protected by Concrete

The subdivision south of Algonquin Road a bit east of Pingree Road now has a bridge that vehicles can traverse. This is the bridge where successive storms washed out the gravel between three culverts. Now both the upstream and downstream … Continue reading

No Rat Algonquin Township Meeting

The meeting after new Algonquin Township officers were sworn in there were two balloon rats next to the Route 14 entrance. The crowd was raucous. Sheriff’s deputies were in attendance. Last month, fewer Operating Engineers Local 150 showed up and … Continue reading

Judge Michael Caldwell Recuses Himself Local 150-Andrew Gasser Case

Judge Michael Caldwell heard arguments from Local 150 of the Operating Engineers and Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser’s attorney Robert Hanlon today and basically decided to let things ride until later this month. Judge Caldwell was being asked to … Continue reading

Specialized Recycling Back at Algonquin Township, Minus Paint

The sign in front of the Algonquin Township complex indicates residents can bring specialized recycling will resume this Saturday, July 29th. When we last looked at this program newly-elected Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser was saying that there were lots of … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Board Allows Andrew Gasser to Transfer $70,500 to Legal Fees

$70,500 of Algonquin Township Road District funds were transferred to legal services in three different funds on Wednesday night. The action came at the end of Algonquin Township’s Board meeting. The Local 150 members and supporters who brought three inflated … Continue reading