Judge Caldwell’s Feb 24th Grafton Township Suit Concluding Comments – Part 3 – Pre-Annual Town Meeting Mailing to Sun City Not Approved

McHenry County Blog has been posting conclusions of Judge Michael Caldwell concerning whether and from where Grafton Township bills should be paid. We have looked at bills relating to the construction of a new township hall, the forensic examination of … Continue reading

Judge Caldwell’s Feb 24th Grafton Township Suit Concluding Comments – Part 2 – Forensicon and Elgin Lock & Key Bills Not Approved

In the latest hearing on the continuing Grafton Township separation of powers case, Judge Michael Caldwell continues to tell the township what bills should be paid and which should not.   Township Supervisor Linda Moore has been withholding bills she … Continue reading

Message of the Day – Irony

The authors of the 2009 edition of Township Officials of Illinois’ “Laws and Duties Handbook” are from the law firm of Ancel Glink. The handbook’s lead author is Grafton Township Attorney Keri-Lyn Krafthefer. The 37-page court order from McHenry County … Continue reading

Message of the Day – Irony

Now comes into the email box of McHenry County Blog a decision by the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor. In early December Cynthia Schenk asked the McHenry County Conservation District for a list of hunters allowed on district property. … Continue reading

Grafton Township Court Order Fires Pam Fender and Ancel Glick – Part 2

Yesterday, McHenry County Blog summarized Judge Michael Caldwell’s conclusions in the lawsuit filed by Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore against her fellow Grafton Township Board members, Trustees Gerry McMahon, Rob LaPorta, Barbara Murphy and Betty Zirk. Today, we’ll look at … Continue reading

The Entire 37 Page Decision on Linda Moore v. Grafton Township Trustees & Attorney Keri-Lyn Krafthefer

This 37 image post is for hard-core Grafton Township folks. It comprises Judge Michael Caldwell’s entire decision in Township Supervisor Linda Moore’s suit against her Township Trustees and Township Attorney Keri-Lyn Krafthefer of Ancel Glink, the Township Attorney that she … Continue reading

The First and Last Pages of the Moore v. Township Trustees Decision

As you can see the decision by Judge Michael Caldwell was filed Friday. Lawyers for the two sides received copies of the decision. I believe the judge said he was going to mail them. … Continue reading

Judge Michael Caldwell Grants Linda Moore Day-to-Day Operating Authority of Grafton Township, Power to Hire and Fire Employees and Township Attorney – Part 1

In the Grafton Township separation of powers case filed by Township Supervisor Linda Moore against her Township Trustees, Moore largely won. Judge Caldwell wrote, “What was done here by this board to the supervisor was not a policy but rather … Continue reading

Judge Caldwell on Page 38 of Grafton Township Separation of Powers Case

The principals were gathered in Judge Michael Caldwell’s courtroom at 9 awaiting the decision in the case between Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore and the Grafton Township Trustees. This is a case that never seems to end. The Judge told … Continue reading

Grafton Township Separation of Powers Suit Drags On

Again yesterday, Judge Michael Caldwell set back the date he will hand down a decision in the suit filed by Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore against the Grafton Township Trustees and Ancel Glink, the law firm giving the Trustees legal … Continue reading

Grafton Township Trustees Outspend Supervisor 4 to 1

With Judge Michael Caldwell’s decision on the Grafton Township separate of power suit due to be announced Monday morning, it seems appropriate to take a look at what the dispute has cost Grafton Township taxpayers in legal fees. Ancel Glink, … Continue reading

Final Words from Linda Moore’s Attorney – Part 5

Bills Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore had refrained from paying at the advice of her attorney John Nelson is the topic of the next section. Who hasn’t been paid? Here are the ones listed in the brief: $19,880.31 – Forensicon … Continue reading

Contract Power in Grafton Township

“Who can obligate the township?“ is one of the key questions in the Grafton Township separation of powers lawsuit that Supervisor Linda Moore filed against the four Township Trustees and Ancel Glink partner Keri-Lyn Krafthefer. Supervisor Linda Moore has refused … Continue reading

Thoughts on “Advise and Consent”

In the Grafton Township separation of powers case the term “advise and consent” came up. There was so much questioning and testimony, I can’t remember who brought up the subject, but the context was whether the township supervise can dismiss … Continue reading

Comparing Grafton and Nunda Townships – Part 2

This is the second half of an article in which Grafton and Nunda Townships are compared as seen through the eyes of courtroom testimony before Judge Michael Caldwell in the Grafton Township separation of powers case. Speaking later of finances, … Continue reading

Comparing Grafton and Nunda Townships – Part 1

After listening to five days of testimony in the Grafton Township Separation of Powers case, why does Rodney King’s famous quote come to mind? “Can we all get along?” Obviously, not in Grafton Township. The question is why not? Most … Continue reading

Ancel Glink’s March Bill to Grafton Township – Part 5

In the next section of Grafton Township Attorney Ancel Glink’s bill we get to the juicy parts. This part, totaling just over $18,000 is entitled, “Linda Moore v. Grafton Township.” This concerns the Township Trustees’ reaction to Supervisor Moore’s Separation … Continue reading

Tidal Wave of Opposition Overwhelms Trustees’ Desire for New Grafton Township Offices

With over 700 registered voters in attendance, electors at the Annual Town Meeting overwhelmingly refused to follow the script laid out by Ancel Glink partner Keri-Lyn Krafthefer. There were so many people in attendance that the 700 pink ballots designed … Continue reading

Grafton Township Administrator Pam Fender Contract Proposes 10 Months Severance Pay

From the last Grafton Township Annual Meeting, it was obvious that Huntley Village Trustee Pam Fender was a political ally of the returning Township Trustees, Rob LaPorta, Betty Zirk and Barb Murphy. She was standing and voting with them during … Continue reading

Grafton Township Separation of Powers Case Goes to Court

Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore took her dispute with Township Trustees Betty Zirk, Gerald McMahon, Rob LaPorta and Barbara Murphy to court Wednesday. She’s in civil court seeking injunctive relief to regain her role as chief executive of the township. … Continue reading