Algonquin Township Schedules Special Meting for Friday at 3:30

The Algonquin Township Supervisor has scheduled a Special Meeting at 3:30 Friday afternoon. The following will be considered at the request of Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser: The suit is the settlement is with the Edgar County Watchdogs Freedom of Information … Continue reading

$40,000 Going to Edgar County Watchdogs (Illinois Leaks) as a Result of Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lukasik’s FOIA Request Inaction

The Edgar County Watchdogs are becoming famous for telling those who do not reply to their Freedom of Information requests that they do no appeal to the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Bureau, but, instead, go to court. That’s what … Continue reading

Illinois Leaks Not Surprised that Algonquin Township Told to Turn over Clerk Karen Lukasik’s Records of Entering the Township Hall

Reprinted from Illinois Leaks with that publication’s permission: Algonquin Township – As predicted, Kelly advice unfounded according to Attorney General PAC Office BY KIRK ALLEN ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd)-The Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor has ruled in … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Advised to Turn Over Township Hall Entrance Data for Clerk Karen Lukasik

In a fairly rapid–about a month–turnaround the Public Access Counselor of the Illinois Attorney General has advised Algonquin Township that it should turn over information about Township Clerk Karen Lukasik’s entrances in the Township Hall. The Freedom of Information request … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Tax Protest Records Sought

Reprinted from Illinois Leaks with permission of that publication: Algonquin Township Clerk: more records missing! BY KIRK ALLEN ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 • ( 2 COMMENTS ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) –Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the mechanism for citizens to obtain public records.The Algonquin Township Clerk, … Continue reading

Illinois Leaks Praises Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lukasik for Following Advice to Appoint a Deputy Clerk

Illinois Leaks first published this story.  It is reprinted here with permission. Algonquin Township Clerk Resigns as FOIA officer and confirms we were right! BY KIRK ALLEN ON JUNE 8, 2018 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) –As we said in this article, we … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lukasik Resigns as Freedom of Information Officer, Sheds Tape Recording Responsibility

Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lukasik sent an email to various last Wednesday  folks announcing she would no longer serve as the government’s Freedom of Information Officer. Here is the email, sent to all the Township Board but Rachael Lawrence: To: … Continue reading

Nunda Township Reports No Written Work Product as a Consultant from Bob Miller, Paid Over $11,000

Former Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller was hired as a consultant by current Nunda Township Road Commissioner Mike Lesperance after Miller left office. Miller was paid $6,440 in 2017. In 2018 through May 9th, Miller was paid $5,132. That … Continue reading

More Trouble with Algonquin Township Answering Freedom of Information Requests

First posted on Illinois Leaks, this is re-printed with permission: Algonquin Township- The Clerk, the Attorney, and Bob Miller have some explaining to do. BY KIRK ALLEN ON MAY 16, 2018 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) – For starters, I once again … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lukasik Not Keeping Up with Freedom of Information Requests

The following article is from Illinois Leaks’ author Kirk Allen and is published with permission: Algonquin Township Clerk to ring in new year with ongoing FOIA violations. BY KIRK ALLEN ON DECEMBER 30, 2017 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) … Continue reading

Karen Lukasik’s Reply to FOIA Request Worth Reading

The day before Christmas I sent Algonquin Township Clerk the following Freedom of Information Request: “Under the FOIA I request documents showing annual compensation for officials who took office as a result of last spring’s elections. “Thanks for fulfilling this … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Clerk Overdue on Replies to FOIA Requests

Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lukasik is not meeting the deadlines in the Freedom of Information Act. FOI Officers have a week (five working days) to reply to requests or to informer requesters that an additional week will be required before … Continue reading

Illinois Leaks Finds No Approval for Algonquin Township Record Destruction Since 1978

From Illinois Leaks, published with permission: Algonquin Township – No approval from the State to destroy records……..EVER! BY KIRK ALLEN ON DECEMBER 16, 2017 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) – According to the Illinois Local Records Commission, Algonquin Township has provided an application … Continue reading

Is Law Enforcement Looking at Algonquin Township?

That’s the question I have upon reading the response to my Freedom of Information Request for “any subpoenas that have been served on any Alg Twp Official.” Here’s the response: “Your request is denied pursuant to 5 ILCS 140/7 (1) … Continue reading

Text of the Overturning of Jack Franks’ FOIA Denial of His Inaugural Speech

Here is the latest evidence that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks is not living up to his promise to be transparent.  (Sentences in paragraphs have been separated to make them easier to read.) ATTORNEY GENERAL March 23, 2017 Via … Continue reading

Opinions Cited by Jack Franks Freedom of Information Officer to Justify that McHenry County Blog Is Not Part of the News Media

Below are three of the opinions cited by Jack Franks’ Freedom of Information Officer to justify the assertion that McHenry County Blog is not part of the news media. The first is dated February 13, 2015. The second is dated … Continue reading

McHenry County Under Jack Franks Denies McHenry County Blog Part of News Media

According to a statement filed with the Public Access Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, McHenry County Blog is not a member of the media. You can read the reply to the Public Access Counselor’s request below: The letter … Continue reading

Jack Franks Moves to Limit McHenry County Blog Reporting

Friday afternoon McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks made a move to cut the timely release of information that will lead to stories I suspect a number of McHenry County Blog readers would find of interest. Let me first show … Continue reading

Chicago Police Department Reticent to Provide Misbehaving Officer’s Photo

When the neighbor across the way from the castle in Fox River Grove got irritated by people parking on the street, she turned to a neighbor from Boone County’s Candlewick Lake subdivision for help. The neighbor jotted down the license … Continue reading