Grafton Urged to Tax to the Max Tonight or “Lose It Forever”

Grafton Township Clerk Kathryn Francis is doing something that I wish all governmental bodies would do. She is posting draft minutes to be considered at the next meeting. For Grafton Township, that is tonight, Monday, December 15th, at 7:30 PM … Continue reading

Grafton Township Meeting Quiet, Short

With Township Supervisor Linda Moore in Texas for her daughter’s college graduation and Rob LaPorta also absent, the meeting was relatively short and peaceful. No one raised his voice or went off on a rant. Trustee Gerry McMahon even sat … Continue reading

Republicans Carry Two of Three Grafton Township Executive Offices, Lose Supervisor and Board Majority to Restore Grafton Township Slate

The fractured Republican Party in Grafton Township manged to elect its Chairman Tom Poznanski Road Commissioner and Al Zielinski Assessor, but failed to get enough votes to put three-way GOP primary winner Pam Fender in office. Independent Jim Kearns got … Continue reading

Independent Grafton Township Supervisor Jim Kearns Sends Mailing

In Grafton Township there is a battle between the Republican Party slate, which is showing no signs of being unified, and a slate of Independents branded as the “Restore Grafton Township” candidates. The Independents’ candidate for Supervisor, Jim Kearns has … Continue reading

Grafton Township Trustees Forego Opporunity to Reverse 2013 Tax High

A press release from Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore: Grafton Trustees Tax to the Max At the January meeting of the Grafton Township Board, Supervisor Linda Moore proposed keeping taxes constant, but Trustees LaPorta, Murphy and Zirk refused to second … Continue reading

Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore Follows Algonquin Township Supervisor Dianne Klemm’s Example in Attempt to Lower 2013 Tax Bill

A press release from Linda Moore: Grafton Township Clerk Harriet Ford Fails to Include Supervisor’s Agenda Item to Propose Tax Cutting Resolution At the December meeting of the Grafton Township Board, Supervisor Linda Moore proposed keeping taxes constant, but Trustees … Continue reading

Pamela J. “Pam” Fender Stays on the GOP Ballot

In a completely scripted performance lasting just ten minutes,  petition challenger Wrayburn Krohn’s attorney, Judith Svensen, withdrew her client’s objection, the Grafton Township Electoral Board accepted the withdrawal and ruled unanimously that Pam J. “Pam” Fender would appear on the … Continue reading

Grafton Township GOP Primary Candidates File

Candidates who have filed in the Republican Party primary election for Grafton Township Supervisor are the three who have previously been mentioned: Linda Moore Martin Waitzman Pam Fender Moore is the incumbent.  Huntley Village Trustee Fender was appointed by the … Continue reading

Volunteer Mediator Withdraws Offer of Free Services for Trustees’ Disputes with Supervisor, Mediation to Continue for Supervisor Moore and Assessor Ottley

A letter sent by Attorney Robert Hanlon to the Grafton Township Trustees: August 2, 2012 Grafton Township Offices Messrs. LaPorta, McMahon, Moore, Murphy, Zirk, Unit B 10109 Vine Street Huntley, IL 60142 Via Personal Delivery at Grafton Township Offices Re: … Continue reading

Grafton Township Trustees’ Reaction to Mediation Attempt

Here’s what the Grafton Township Trustee’s law firm Ancel Glink had to say about the Thursday night meeting about mediating legal disputes: Statement From Trustees through their Attorney. <Requested to be Read Into the Minutes and to the Public by … Continue reading

No Agreement Yet on Free Mediation Offer for Grafton Township by Attorney Robert Hanlon

Woodstock attorney Robert T. Hanlon was in courthouse this past Wednesday to offer his services pro bono to mediate differences between the Township Trustees and the Supervisor. There were court appearances in the Separation of Powers case that Supervisor Moore … Continue reading

Moore Says Trustees are Lawsuit “Addicts” Having Spent $347,000 vs. Her $53,000, Motive Is Her Defeat of New Township Hall

A press release from Grafton Supervisor Linda Moore: GRAFTON TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES ADDICTED TO LEGAL FEES Supervisor Linda Moore said today that the Grafton Township Trustees, Rob LaPorta Betty Zirk Barbara Murphy Gerald McMahon appear to be addicted to spending taxpayer … Continue reading

Nothing New in Moore, Otttley, Trustees Trials

There were two cases involving Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore in Woodstock this morning. Not much happened in either except setting new court appearance dates. In one, Moore was seeking sanctions (a contempt of court ruling) against the four Trustees … Continue reading

Moore Seeks Indirect Criminal Contempt Charges Against Grafton Township Trustees as Husband’s Tiff with Trustee Gerry McMahon Goes to Trial

Today Grafton Supervisor Linda Moore’s husband David Moore is in criminal court on October, 2010, battery charges. Concurrently, Moore’s attorney John Nelson in the Separation of Powers case she won is asking for indirect criminal contempt findings against Trustees Rob … Continue reading

Grafton Township Trustees Appeal Their Circuit Court Losses

That’s what this press release from Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore says: Township Trustees to File 3rd Appeal Township Trustees Gerry McMahon, Rob LaPorta, Betty Zirk, and Barbara Murphy voted at last week’s regular board meeting to take a third … Continue reading

Officials’ Perks Ruled Taxable in Grafton Township

An IRS finding handed down January 31st will surely be the talk of the next meeting of the Township Officials of Illinois. It says that heretofore fringe benefits, such as the Grafton Road Commissioner’s vehicle and the reimbursement for dinners … Continue reading

Linda Moore Ordered to Pay $46,000 More to Trustee’s Law Firm

Ancel Glink will soon get a big pay day. Grafton Township Trustees went to court Monday seeking payment of $100 per diems for past meetings and tens of thousands of dollars of legal fees to their law firm. “She has … Continue reading

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off to Court Again for Grafton Township Officials

Grafton Township Trustees are off to Judge Michael Caldwell’s courtroom this morning. This time the Trustees are complaining about not being paid in a timely manner. They argue that they are employes and must be paid twice a month according … Continue reading

Grafton Township Trustee Rob LaPorta: “I Want You to Quit Screaming.”

I didn’t attend last Thursday night’s Grafton Township Board meeting. Frankly, it’s not calm enough for me. The following two-minute portion was forwarded to me. From it, you can see what goes on at some point in virtually every meeting. … Continue reading

Auditors Present Draft Fiscal Year 2010 Grafton Township Budget: “Found Nothing Untoward in the Audit”

Because of the legal wrangling, the audit that should have been ready last summer has just been completed in draft form. Still holding up finalization is the lack of a reply to a routine letter sent all law firms who … Continue reading