Attorney Jim Kelly’s Advice to Algonquin Township Board Questioned

Reprinted with permission from Illinois Leaks: Algonquin Township – Did attorney provide misinformation on bogus Resolution? BY KIRK ALLEN ON AUGUST 9, 2018 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) – Once again the Algonquin Township Supervisor Chuck Lutzow and his clown act have … Continue reading

Who Has the Power to Hire Township Employees?

Reprinted with permission from Illinois Leaks: Algonquin Township – What next from under the Circus tent? BY KIRK ALLEN ON AUGUST 8, 2018 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) –Just about the time you think you have seen it all, up jumps another … Continue reading

Comparing the Number of Employees of McHenry County Townships

The Illinois State Comptroller has a data base contacting information about tax districts throughout Illinois. Looking at 2017 data from those for the seventeen townships in McHenry County, one finds the number of employees running from a low of 2 … Continue reading

Andrew Gasser’s Answers to Bob Miller’s Questions – Part 11

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 employees of the Algonquin Township Highway Department. “Investigation … Continue reading

Andrew Gasser’s Answers to Bob Miller’s Questions – Part 9

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

Sheriff’s Department Civilian Employess Getting 3% Raises, Retroactive Pay

The Law and Justice Committee is considering a resolution that will replace a collective bargaining agreement with civilian employees of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department that expired on December 1, 2012. The contract was negotiated between the Illinois Fraternal Order … Continue reading

2.75% Raise for Non-Union Employees Passes Committees

Today a combination of the Human Services and Finance Committees voted to raise the salaries of non-union county employees by an average of 2.75%. That does not mean that each such employee will receive a raise that high, however. Department … Continue reading

McHenry County College Has No Contract Language Preventing Employees from Talking to Trustees

With the controversy about whether all communications between McHenry County College staff and Trustees, I filed a Freedom of Information request asking for any contract language which would address that topic. Look at the reply: … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Loses Precedent-Setting FOIA Ruling on Hiding High Salaried Employees’ Names

This past spring I asked various municipalities to provide emailed lists of their employees who made over $75,000 in salary and fringe benefits. Many complied with the names and compensation information. The City of Crystal Lake sent the information, but … Continue reading