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

Independents vs. Republicans, One Win in Five in Last Five Months

With Jim Harrison deciding that he is going to run as an Independent in the McHenry County Sheriff’s race next year, it’s time to look at what has happened in the recent past when Independents ran against Republicans. The most … Continue reading

Dorr Township Assessor Commends Grafton Township Assessor Bill Ottley

This arrived in my email from Dorr Township Assessor Veronica Myers: “I would like to take this opportunity to personally commend Bill Ottley, Grafton Township Assessor. “I have been in the assessment profession since 1993. I began working with the … Continue reading

Grafton Township Assessor Candidate Al Zielinski Making Mailing

And, here’s what it looks like: Alan Zielinski for Grafton Township Assessor Dear fellow Grafton Township neighbor,I’m running for Grafton Township Assessor and ask for your vote on February 26th. You deserve accurate property assessments. For too long Grafton Township … 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

Grafton Township Assessor Candidate Al Zielinski Offers Free Burgers Sunday. Oct. 21st, at Sammy’s

A press from Grafton Township Assessor candidate Al Zielinski: Candidate for Grafton Township Assessor predicts two blizzards in October! HUNTLEY, IL (October 8, 2012) – Alan Zielinski, candidate for Grafton Township Assessor, is predicting not one, but two blizzards for … Continue reading

Linda Moore Seeks Negotiations with Grafton Township Trustees

Robert Bush was in Judge Michael Caldwell’s courtroom today representing the Grafton Township Trustees. None of the Trustees were present. Supervisor Linda Moore was accompanied by her attorney, John Nelson. Before the judge came in, there was some exchanging of … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Assessor Bob Kunz Explains Assessment Levels, Grafton Township Assessor Candidate Al Zielinski Comments

This comment by Algonquin Township Assessor Bob Kunz appeared under an article about assessment appeals and it’s too good not to share more broadly: We now deal with two competing standards of property-tax valuation, one statutory and one not. The … Continue reading

Moore Provides Information about Township Assessor’s Electrical Needs

On the heels of Grafton Township Supervisor candidate Marty Waitzman’s comments about electrical needs in the Assessor’s Office comes this response from Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore in this memo to Assessor Bill Ottley: Memo: It would be best if … Continue reading

Grafton Township Supervisor Candidate Marty Waitzman States Position on New Town Hall: “Acquisition or Construction of a New Township Building Today Would Be Fiscally Irresponsible and Unnecessary”

A press release from Grafton Township Supervisor candidate Marty Waitzman: Marty Waitzman – Position Statement on Grafton Township Building ALGONQUIN, IL – I have had many conversations with residents and news reporters who wanted to know whether or not I … Continue reading

Anonymous Supporter of Grafton Township Assessor Bill Ottley Takes on Challenger Al Zielinski, Al Replies

Bill Ottley’s secret admirer provides this criticism on Al Zielinski’s opposition to Ottley for Grafton Township Assessor in the First Electric Newspaper: September 1, 2012 4:00 PM Anonymous said… The current Assessor, Mr. Ottley, has been doing a great job … Continue reading

Alan Zielinski Running for Grafton Township Assessor

Incumbent Grafton Township Assessor Bill Ottley told me he was running for re-election a couple of months ago. Now, he has an opponent named Alan Zielinski. His press release is below: Alan Zielinski Announces Candidacy for Grafton Township Assessor Lakewood … 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 Assessor Bill Ottley Running for Re-Election, Time for Other Potential Township Candidates to Start Planning

It’s that time of year when township officials have to make up their minds whether they are running for re-election. It’s also time for those thinking about challenging township officials to be making similar calculations. When I last saw Grafton … Continue reading

Assessor Bill Ottley Lays Out His Side of His Grafton Township Suit Against Supervisor Linda Moore

Township Trustee Robert LaPorta shares this letter from Grafton Township Assessor Bill Ottley in a comment under my article about the two court cases that received perfunctory treatment at the Courthouse Monday: Ottley has posted a letter to the township … 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

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