Bill Allowing Voters to Abolish Township Government Passes House

A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney:

House Passes McSweeney’s Township Consolidation Bill

Springfield, IL – Yesterday the Illinois House overwhelmingly approved State Rep. David McSweeney’s (R-Barrington Hills) measure to allow voters in McHenry County new pathways to eliminate townships.

[Locally, State Rep. Allen Skillicorn was a joint sponsor. Steve Reick voted, “No.”  Barb Wheeler and Steve Andersson did not vote.]

David McSweeney

“Illinois has more units of local government than any other state and multiple layers of government drive up the state’s property taxes,” McSweeney said.

“Our voters should have the opportunity to do something to scale back government and bring down costs.” ‎

House Bill 4637 voter consolidation provisions apply only to townships in McHenry County and provides a referendum process for voters to dissolve the townships.

It allows voters to force a ballot question to abolish a township as long as voters submit a petition with at least 5 percent of the number of voters who voted in a previous comparable election.

Additionally, the trustees of any township in McHenry County may submit a proposition to dissolve the township to the voters.

In both cases, if a simple majority of voters agree to abolish a township, the township would be dissolved within 90 days after the election.

The duties and assets of the township government would then be absorbed by McHenry County or municipal governments.

Residents of the dissolved township would see a property tax cut as any taxes levied by the County for that area could not exceed more than 90% of the taxes levied by the former township government. ‎

HB 4637 further works to eliminate excessive government by requiring townships in Lake and McHenry Counties to dissolve any road districts that maintain less than 15 miles.

“Taxpayers shouldn’t be burdened with paying for redundant or unnecessary layers of government and deserve an avenue to address their concerns with township government,” McSweeney continued. “Ultimately if we want to lower property taxes in Illinois we have to give voters the ability to eliminate some of the layers of local government.”‎

HB 4637 passed the full House on a vote of 80-22. It now heads to the Senate where it will be sponsored by Senator Terry Link (D-Gurnee).‎

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The roll call follows:

Sexual Offender Alan Bokowski Will Continue Getting $7,027 Per Month LITH Police Pension While Imprisoned

Alan Bokowski is an incarcerated sex offender.

Allan Bokowski Department of Corrections photos

He pled guilty to sexual assaulting a child between the ages of 13 and 17.

He is a retired Deputy Chief of the Lake in the Hills Police Department.

As such, he receives a pension.

It’s up to over $84,000 a year.

Tuesday afternoon the Lake in the Hills Police Pension Board was scheduled to meet in a quarterly meeting.

Bokowski’s pension was on the agenda under Old Business.

There were reporters than members of the Pension Board.

From left to right, Stan Helgerson, LITH Police Pension Board VP, Board President Larry Howell, NWH reporter Meghan Jones, Recording Secretary Adam Carson, citizen Rich, Tribune reporter Amanda Marrazzo and LITH Police Pension Treasurer Shane Johnson.

Only two of the five Board members were able to attend:

  • Larry Howell, President
  • Stan Helgerson, VPa

Although no quorum was present, the two explained that their attorney, Richard Reimer was reviewed the conviction and whether it would have any impact on Bokowski’s pension.

Stan Helgerson and Larry Howell, officers of the Lake in the Hills Police Pension Board.

“Whether he keeps it or doesn’t keeps it–that is the question,” explained Helgerson.

“Or if there’s anything that might jeopardize it,” Howell added.

“I don’t recall us ever having to remove anyone’s pension,” he continued.

Bokowski’s pension increased 3% on January 1st, the automatic annual increase for all with public employee pensions.

A citizen who gave his name only as Rich asked when pension amounts were no longer on the LITH Village web site.

The answer is that Village employees are no longer providing the bookkeeping for the pension fund.

At issue is whether the crimes for which Bokowski is in prison have a connection to his official duties.

From what I gather, the crime for which he is incarcerated occured after he retired.

Hultgren Passes Bill on Child ID Theft

A press release from Congressman Randy Hultgren:

House Passes Hultgren Legislation to Combat Child Identity Fraud

Washington, DC — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed (420-1) the Protecting Children from Identity Theft Act, H.R. 5192, a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Representatives Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL-26), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ-9) and Kenny Marchant (R-TX-24). H.R. 5192 directs the Social Security Administration (SSA) to take a more proactive role in preventing identity theft by electronically confirming with trusted third parties whether or not a name, date of birth and Social Security Number (SSN) are affiliated.

Randy Hultgren

“Identity theft affects thousands, if not millions, of children and families a year…Among other things, children’s identities were used to purchase homes and open credit card accounts,” said Rep. Hultgren during debate on the House floor.

“In Wilmette, Illinois, the Social Security Number of a 13-year old was used by a fraudster to open a credit card with a plan to use it to pay for plastic surgery. The Protecting Children from Identity Theft will strengthen the relationship between the public and private sectors in order to combat identity theft.”

“I am glad this important legislation passed the House, and I now urge the Senate to take this up quickly so the President can sign it into law,” said Rep. Hultgren.

Rep. Hultgren penned an op-ed in Crain’s Chicago Business with further details about “synthetic” identity fraud and how to combat it: https://hultgren.house.gov/newsroom/in-the-news/op-ed-how-to-better-combat-identity-fraud.

Rep. Hultgren is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services where he serves as the Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment, and is also a member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance.

McHenry County Salaries – Ur-Vo

Utley,Julie G Registered Nurse $88,093.92
Vainisi,Dorothy L Accountant II $72,103.16
Valenti,John J Court Security Ofcr – Union $71,267.52
Valenti,Peter P Correctional Officer – Union $115,143.12
Van Hof,Gloria Merit Commission $3,900.00
Van Hoorn,Tammy K Clerk II – Union $55,224.68
Van Ostrand,Sharyl D Lead Supervising Attorney $108,726.28
Van Wazer,Autumn R Court/Courtroom Spec I $45,694.74
Vanderkarr,Lesley G Court Security Ofcr – Union $60,211.40
Vansickle,Shelby N Certified Nursing Asst I $13,782.60
Varda,Patrick M Probation Off II $64,141.74
Varese,Jason A Correctional Officer – Union $66,538.60
Varga,Ernest J Design Engineer $78,021.32
Vargas,Amiel A Housekeeper $12,827.49
Vargas,Catherine N Registry – RN $15,600.00
Vasquez Blanco,Edith Laundry Worker $12,827.49
Vega,Miriam Env Health Rep $48,710.70
Velasquez,Elizelda C VH Office Assistant I $22,331.40
Venetucci,Brittney L GIS Analyst $78,136.00
Veneziano,Paolo A. Correctional Officer – Union $106,148.88
Venticinque,Gianna PDO Attorney $66,414.36
Verba,Amy L. Accounting Assistant III $53,747.22
Vilchis,Sylvia G Family Case Mgmt Asst $58,369.74
Villagomez,Janet Office Assistant II $48,444.24
Villagomez,Margarita Office Assistant II Union $51,357.30
Vinton,Norman D Chief Civil $134,462.90
Voge Kaman,Theresa M Attorney, Assistant $72,238.26
Vogel,Eric J Sr PDO Attorney – Criminal $83,796.76
Vogel,Trevor T. Deputy – Union $112,588.48
Vogrinc,Marybeth Recorder Office Supervisor $63,928.68

CL Park District Plans to Issue $3.4 Million in Bonds Without Voter Approval

In Sunday’s Northwest Herald, new editor Jon Styf wrote that the paper was “working on getting more local content into the back pages.”

Boy, did he succeed on Tuesday.

The last page of the paper had a legal notice in teeny-tiny print announcing that the Crystal Lake Park District Board has voted to borrow $3.5 million:

Reading the fine print will provide the information that if people gather 3010 signatures on a petition by May 14th, the Park Board will be forced to put a referendum on the fall ballot seeking voter approval.

Of course, the Park Board could do that anyway, if its members cared about what taxpayers think.

State law used to require blank petitions to be provided by the tax district proposing the tax hike.

Perhaps it still does.

And, perhaps an Editor will read this story and have a story written about this pending property tax hike.

Roskam Goes After Casten on Taxes

A press release from Congressman Peter Roskam:

Casten’s record makes it clear: he intends to raise your taxes

Sean Casten

Peter Roskam

DuPage County, IL – Sean Casten has made it perfectly clear to voters in the Sixth District he intends to raise their taxes.

  • Earlier this year, Casten said he’d vote to repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act if elected, fully reinstating the Alternative Minimum Tax that hurt more than 30,000 Sixth District taxpayers and taking away the tax breaks families and small businesses saw as a result.
  • Casten has repeatedly refused to tell Sixth District voters if he would support the tax hike plan Nancy Pelosi and Democrats in Congress promised to implement if given majority control of the House and Senate.
  • Casten refuses to stand up for the taxpayers in his district against Illinois Democratic Gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker state income tax hike plan.
  • Last summer, when Illinoisans were saddled with a 32% state income tax increase – Casten remained silent.

“Sean Casten’s tried to avoid his record on tax hikes, but it’s time for him to be honest and tell the hardworking taxpayers in our district he intends follow Nancy Pelosi’s lead and raise their taxes,” said Roskam for Congress spokesman, Veronica Vera.

Old Establishment Fields “Reform Slate”

In an email sent by McHenry County Board member Joe Gottemoller, a slate of candidates for McHenry County Republican Party officers has been revealed.

The contents of the email follows:

Introducing the Reform Party Slate.

On Wednesday night you are being asked to set the course for McHenry County Republican party.

The current executive board has had four years to build the party to their liking.

This is their results

  • 25% fewer precinct committeemen; Reduced from 169 to 129 in just the past two years.
  • 83 empty precincts.
  • 49 empty precincts in Algonquin Township.
  • 52 precincts in Algonquin Township had more Democratic votes cast in March than Republican votes
  • $1727 total Republican cash on hand. No significant funds raised since September of 2016.

$21,976 total Democratic cash on hand.

Zero the Number of meetings held with of the full Republican Central Committee since Oct 2016.

2 members on the current board are running to continue the destruction of the McHenry County Republican Party.

We need a Board that encourages open Republican participation.

We need to keep McHenry County Republican.

Vote for a New Beginning

  • Mark Daniel Chairman
  • Jim Kearns Vice chairman
  • Jim Condon Treasurer
  • Tamara Valentine-Garza Secretary

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday night.

Chuck Wheeler Running for Vice Chairmanship of GOP Central Committee

Chuck Wheeler

Diane Evertsen

McHenry County Board member Chuck Wheeler, re-nominated despite opposition from allies of Democratic Party Board Chairman Jack Franks is seeking the Vice Chairmanship of the County Republican Party.

Two post cards have been sent to Precinct Committeemen in his campaign.

The first was a declaration of candidacy:

Shannon Teresi

Karen Tirio

In it, Wheeler tells of serving as GOP Treasurer for the last four years.

The second post card supports the candidacy of

  • Diane Evertsen for Party Chairman
  • Shannon Teresi for Treasurer and
  • Karen Tirio for Secretary:

McHenry County Salaries – Ta-Ur

Tapia Ortiz,Daisy Non-Cert Nursing Asst $4,222.40
Tapia,Jessica Administrative Specialist III $41,523.96
Tasch-Sensing,Theresa Board of Review Alt $6,500.00
Taylor,Clay W. Correctional Officer – Union $99,490.20
Taylor,Karen A Correctional Officer – Union $94,909.80
Teresi,Shannon L Chief Deputy Auditor $98,726.16
Thomas,Andrew Deputy Sheriff SGT $121,823.68
Thome,Heather L Court/Courtroom Spec II $51,271.74
Thompson,Phillip S. Correctional Officer – Union $106,148.88
Thomsen,Lisa L Correctional Officer – Union $106,148.88
Thorsen,Jeffrey T County Board Vice Chair $43,282.74
Tirio,Joseph J County Recorder $130,748.18
Tobin,Robert A. Probation Off III $58,449.96
Todd Jr,James E. Maintenance Tech I $78,280.00
Tomasheski,Brad R Deputy – Union $78,666.40
Touchett,Barbara Correctional Officer – Union $101,800.08
Tousis,Peter Maintenance Tech I $61,993.60
Travis,Yolanda VR Elections Clerk $39,300.96
Troka,Jonas M Corrections SGT $108,059.80
Trotter,Connie R Sr Court/Courtroom Spec I $29,893.50
Trotter,John G Auto Tech – Union $98,590.08
Trout,Lori Rae Probation Supervisor $82,424.30
Tsilimigras,Demetrios P. Attorney, Principal $115,813.82
Tucker,Grant D PDO Attorney, Principal $85,355.42
Turner,John L. Correctional Officer – Union $99,490.20
Turner,Nicolle A Registry – CNA $5,105.10
Tutt,Jillian C. Deputy – Union $105,929.80
Udesen,James Correctional Officer – Union $106,148.88
Urbanus-Bernero,Katherine Public Health Nurse CD $78,630.24
Urgo,Michael C Deputy – Union $112,588.48

Illinos Leaks Criticizes NWH for Not Asking for Comment on Its FOIA Lawsuit Against Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lukasik

The following article from Illinois Leaks is re-published with permission:

Algonquin Township – Blame-shifting coupled with deficient reporting leaves public clueless

McHenry Co. (ECWd)-In yet another example of why the general public is so fed up with their local government, we only need to look at what those officials tell the media and how information is being reported.On November 23rd, 2017, I sent a follow-up email to Karen Lukasik after her clear attempt at denying production of phone records.

I made my point very clear.

“Unlike other FOIA requesters you may have dealt with, I do not play games nor mess with AG complaints except for the truly questionable responses, of which yours are not.  We simply file lawsuits.”

Now that we did exactly what we said we would do six months ago, the local press [Northwest Herald] reports: “The latest legal barb comes from the Edgar County Watchdogs…“.  

Considering we were never contacted for any comment on the matter it comes across as a hit against us.

The latest “legal barb” comes from the Algonquin Township Clerk not doing her job, not us.

We warned her we do not play games and would file a lawsuit if she continued to play games with her responses that included misrepresentations, excuses, and outright ignoring of our requests.

Had we been asked, the public could have been informed of this fact in the original story.

Now that we have done exactly what we told her we would do, she makes this statement, and of course, the press reported it without a single question to us.

“This is just another political vendetta, which is wasting taxpayer dollars, and for what?

What do the Edgar County Watchdogs have to do with Algonquin Township, and are they paying for this suit?

I’d like to know who they have colluded with on the inside to file this,” Lukasik said in a text message.

“Quite frankly, this silliness needs to stop. Threats of lawsuits every other day, and it doesn’t seem to be ending.”

Political vendetta?

How on earth this is a vendetta is beyond me as we don’t have any ties to Alqonquin Township in any fashion.

I can only wonder who this claimed vendetta is against?

What we do know, this montre of “political vendetta” has been the drumbeat ever since the malfeasance from the past Road District administration was exposed.

The political infighting appears to be caused by nothing short of the elected officials who have either not done their job, not doing their job, or refuse to learn their job.

As a local government accountability non-profit, we have investigations going on all across the state.

We have approximately ten lawsuits in this state currently involving everything from local government to our State Auditor General for violating FOIA.

Those who know our work know we are not political with our work nor do we get involved in political infighting.

We expose malfeasance and do our best to hold those responsible accountable.

Are we paying for this suit?

Initially yes, however, thanks to the Clerk not doing her job and not providing the records as requested and in compliance with the law, it will be the taxpayers that pay for it as the law provides attorney fees to the prevailing party.

One of our recent lawsuits with Clark County Park District cost us over $9,000.00 initially.

The result, much like we expect in this case, the public body wrote a check after the appellate court ruled 3-0 in our favor.

That is a message for those that missed it.

Statewide, we don’t have a lot of faith in the local court system as it is very political with ties to those very public bodies we are exposing.

That tends to get rulings that are political rather than legal, thus our willingness to take things to the higher court.

Lukasik insinuates we have “colluded” with someone on the inside.

This statement is an attempt at deflecting from the real problem.

Karen Lukasik

The Clerk did not comply with FOIA, nor did the Attorney responding to FOIAs in violation of the law.

We have sued both the Township and the Road District so who on earth is it that she thinks we have colluded with and how on earth would that affect her failure at compliance?

What we do know, we have not colluded with anyone on the inside or outside.

We asked for certain records and the Clerk failed in her duties to respond in accordance with the law.

This silliness needs to stop?

Compliance with providing public records is not silly in the eyes of the courts.

This clerk took an oath to uphold the laws of this state and it’s clear she has not done that.

What is silly, is how none of these facts get reported to the people.

I did send this statement to the local reporter this morning.

“If you have questions and want accurate reporting on our involvement, please provide any questions you have and we will respond in writing.”

We suggest the Clerk get a mirror and take a hard look at it before blaming others for her own malfeasance.

Our other suggestion is that people take a hard look at what they are being fed from local media, as more often than not it is nothing but reporting what someone told them with very little, to no, fact-checking.

That fact-checking is where you expose how ridiculous statements as Lukasik’s really are.

That is the real story!

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Environmental Defenders Support Solar Farms

Woodstock, IL – April 13,  2018 –The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County supports the sustainable opportunity that community solar farms represent here in McHenry County and invites the public to review its “Position on Community Solar Farms” paper located on the organization’s website: www.mcdef.org.

The direct link for the position paper is: http://mcdef.org/wp-content/uploads/Solar-Farms-Position-Paper-4.11.18.pdf.

The Environmental Defenders recognize the need for society to embrace clean forms of energy and move away from energy that produces pollution, contaminates water, and degrades the planet’s environmental health.

To this end, we welcome the opportunity for McHenry County to support community solar farms and hope to play a role in helping the projects provide the greatest environmental benefits.

Just as agricultural crops convert energy from the sun into energy we consume as food, solar farms convert the sun’s energy into a clean form of electrical energy we use to power our daily lives.

Local community solar farms provide opportunities for residents and businesses to access clean renewable energy without having to install solar power infrastructure on their own.

Properly designed community solar farms in McHenry County will provide a stackable set of benefits to our community.

These include a local, clean energy source, habitat for declining pollinators and other wildlife, the rebuilding of our soil, infiltration areas to recharge our vital groundwater reserves, reductions in runoff from plowed fields, and improvements in downstream water quality.

Prairie solar farms will also be peaceful, quiet, and odorless neighbors.

To learn more about community solar, please go to CUB Community Solar Farms Fact Sheet: https://citizensutilityboard.org/community-solar-illinois/.

GOP Will Pick Fall Auditor Candidate Wednesday

Shannon Teresi

Five people applied for the post of McHenry County Auditor, which became vacant when Pam Palmer retired.

Tuesday McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks will offer the name of Chief Deputy Auditor Shannon Teresi as Palmer’s replacement through the rest of this year.

The others who applied to Franks for the appointment are

Candidates who sought Franks’ approval follow:

  • Nancy Gonsiorek, CPA – Crystal Lake
  • John Halbleib, consultant – McHenry, current Valley Hi Operating Board Member
  • Shannon Teresi, CPA – Crystal Lake
  • Kristin Weck Farrag, former bank manager – Marengo
  • Nancy Gonsiorek

    Jack Franks

    James Young, Masters in Accounting – Crystal Lake

Franks indicated he favored Goniorek, who even dropper out of the GOP contest for one of two nominations for County Board.

This was reported in a Northwest Herald article which announced that Franks wanted to abolish the Auditor’s elective position and that Gonsiorek was on board with that idea.

Wednesday night at the McHenry VFW, after new Republican Party officers are elected at this year’s post-Primary Election Convention, the gathered Precinct Committeemen will nominate a candidate to be on the fall ballot.

Pension of Former LITH Deputy Police Chief Alan Bokowski, Sentenced for Child Sexual Assault, on LITH Police Pension Agenda Tomorrow Afternoon

Alan Bokowski

Alan Bokowski, a long-time resident of the west end of Crystal Lake, was indicted for

  • 3 Counts of Criminal Sexual Assault
  • 5 counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

That was in January of 2017.

In February of this year, Bokowski plead guilty to sexual assaulting a child between the ages of 13 and 17 and was sentenced to prison.

This after noon Bokowski’s pension is on the Lake in the Hills Police Pension Board agenda under Old Business.

The meeting starts at 4 on Tuesday and is being held at the Village Hall.

Bokowski is incarcerated at Robinson Correctional Center.

Allan Bokowski Department of Corrections photos

Algonquin Township – Case law says Clerk cannot contract a person to perform her duty!

Reprinted with permission:

Algonquin Township – Case law says Clerk cannot contract a person to perform her duty!

McHenry Co. (ECWd) –

Once again, information being discussed during the recent Algonquin Township meeting raises more concerns over the direction this group is going and the legal advice they are receiving.  After watching this meeting, it’s no wonder we are seeing so many legal problems in this township.

It appears a board member wanted a discussion on the issue of the Clerk contracting with an independent contractor to assist in the performance of her duties, an action we contend is not permitted by law. That discussion begins at the 1:08:57  mark of the video.

In our initial coverage, we made some statements of fact regarding what we allege is an illegal contract and our first point is now confirmed by the Attorney for Algonquin Township.  We stated in that first article: “The law does not permit the Township Clerk to sign contracts for services.”

We are pleased to now see the Township Attorney confirming what we said.

The Clerk has no authority to sign a contract.  At the 1:11:12 mark of the meeting video the Attorney goes to great length to point out no elected official has specific authority to sign a contract.  This will turn out to be a big mistake on his part.  We believe he was condescending with his presentation as he focused on a keyword to make his point all while ignoring the real issue, contracting.  He focused on the word “sign”, as in to sign a contract. He is correct in the fact there is no statutory language that points to the word “sign”, a contract, but there is plenty that points to contracting. A fact he conveniently ignored as it would have destroyed is opinion.

This is where it gets fun! 

The attorney attempted to apply a prong from Dillon’s Rule as it relates to the Clerk contracting a person to help out in the office.

Melissa Victor and Dave Chapman

What is Dillon’s Rule?

 The Dillon Rule is used in interpreting law when there is a question of whether or not a local government has a certain power. Lawyers call it the rule of statutory construction.
Dillon’s Rule construes grants of power to localities very narrowly. The bottom law is — if there is a question about a local government’s power or authority, then the local government does NOT receive the benefit of the doubt. Under Dillon’s Rule, one must assume the local government does NOT have the power in question.
It’s all about statutory construction, a process as to how our laws are applied.  Dillon’s rule points to three prongs as it relates to local government powers.  Let’s review each one and explain why this attorney got it wrong, in our opinion, and we welcome him to disprove our position in a written legal opinion.
  • 1.) Those granted in express words;

As confirmed by the attorney, there are no express words granting the Clerk to sign a contract, just as we said in our first article.  We also contend she cannot enter into a contract as that authority was never expressly given as it was with other Township elected offices.   

  • 2.) Those necessarily or fairly implied in or incident to the powers expressly granted;

This is the prong the attorney attempted to imply giving the Clerk the power to sign a contract.  We will explain below why that is not true.

  • 3.) Those essential to the declared objects and purposes of the corporation, not simply convenient, but indispensable.

The contracting of this person was not essential to the declared objects and purpose of the corporation [Township], nor was this an indispensable need. 

The proper application of statutory construction and Dillon’s rule is that if there is any reasonable doubt whether a power has been conferred on a local government, then the power has NOT been conferred. This is known as the rule of local government powers.

At the 1:11:40 mark of the video, the attorney attempts to justify why the Clerk can contract a person to work in her office and states: “The authority for the Clerk to enter into a contract is based upon, essentially, her ability to, uh, reasonably to enter into a contract to a duty that she has and it’s limited in this case by her budget.”

Jim Kelly

WRONG! 

An elected official can not contract their duties to another person.  The case law on this point is tremendous and this attorney missed the boat on this one.

“The law is well settled that when the constitution or the laws of the State create an office, prescribe the duties of its incumbent and fix his compensation, no other person or board, except by action of the legislature, has the authority to contract with private individuals to expend public funds for the purpose of performing the duties which were imposed upon such Officer. (Fergus V. Russel, 270 Ill.304; Stevens V Henry County, 218 ILl. 468; Hope V. City of Alton, 214 Ill. 102 The contracts of employment under which appellants claim were ultravires and void.” https://www.courtlistener.com/opinion/3419861/ashton-v-county-of-cook/

She is an elected official.  She has a duty to perform those duties described by law. The taxpayers should not have to pay two people to perform the elected duties of the Clerk. The Township attorney claims she has the authority to contract a person to complete a duty she has.  The courts say otherwise.  They made it very clear and we contend this contract is not worth the paper it was written on. The Taxpayers should demand all funds paid under this bogus contract be returned.

Now that we have exposed case law disproving claims made during the meeting, next there will be an implication that she can hire an employee.

As stated before, she does not have the power to hire an employee.  That power is specific to the Township, which is the elected trustees and the Supervisor. That very law outlines the exceptions on such township employment and the Township Clerk’s position is not named. Applying Dillon’s Rule, had the legislature intended for the Clerk to hire employees they would have included it in the law.  The fact they did not, is more than reasonable doubt on the subject, thus the power is not granted to the Clerk.  Especially considering the law points to an appointment of a Deputy Clerk with authorization from the Township Board.

It gets better! 

At the 1:12:05 mark of the video the attorney states, after being questioned, that there is no statute for anyone sitting at the table to enter into a contract.

WOW! May we suggest the Township get a new attorney? 

Among those sitting at the table, to my knowledge, was the Township Trustees and Supervisor at a minimum.  Guess what? Those people can, in fact, enter into a contract, contrary to what this attorney told the board member during their discussion. But please, don’t take my word for it.  Read it yourself.

60 ILCS 1/85-10 – (d) A township may make all contracts necessary in the exercise of the township’s powers. 

He even stated that a Highway Commissioner couldn’t enter into contracts.

(605 ILCS 5/6-201.10-1) – The highway commissioner of each road district has authority to contract with the highway commissioner of any other road district or with the corporate authorities of any municipality or county to furnish or to obtain services and materials related to construction, maintenance or repair of roads. 
(Source: P.A. 81-22.)

It is more than crystal clear that the Clerk does not have contracting authority to perform her duty as claimed by the Attorney for the Township. All throughout the Township code, it points to the specific contracting authority for a vast number of issues.  No such language implies the Clerk has such authority. Had the legislature intended for the Clerk to have such authority they would have provided it as they did with other Township positions.

Chuck Lutzow

Again, we challenge this attorney to provide a written opinion, with case law, to disprove our position.

May we suggest this Township start looking for a new attorney?

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Althoff Campaign Finances

State Senator Pam Althoff is juggling two campaign funds.

Let’s look at the State Senate one first.

It started out with $126,433.04, raised $13,743.94, spent $19,529.92 and ended March with $120,647.06

Income follows:

  • $2,000 – Motorola Solutions, Schaumburg
  • $2,000 – NICOR Gas, Atlanta, GA
  • $1,500 – American Family Insurance Illinois PAC, Madison, WI
  • $1,500 – JPMorgan Chase & Co. PAC, Washington, DC
  • $1,000 – Com Ed PAC, Chicago
  • $1,000 – Horizon Pharma USA Inc, Lake Forest
  • $1,000 – Humana, Lexington
  • $1,000 – Illinois Bank PAC – State Fund, Springfield
  • $500 – Chicago Board of Options Exchange, Chicago
  • $500 – Dynegy, Houston, Tx
  • $250 – Solo Eyecare & Eyewear, Chicago

Another $150 was not required to be identified.

Althoff reported reimbursement for travel expenses of $1,113.44 from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

$19,529.92 was spent by the committee:xpenditures included

  • $1,500 to Althoff for County Board
  • $750 to Friends to Elect Mary McClellan
  • $500 to the Lake County Republican Federation

There were $14,865.47 in other spending:

  • $211 – 1776 Inc.. Crystal Lake for “dining Committee”
  • $483.14 – American Airlines
  • $163.47 – The American Club, Kohler, WI for “dining Committee” Dining Committee
  • $2,000 – The American Club, Kohler, WI got “lodging pmt fundraiser Committee”
  • $2,206.82 – The American Club, Kohler, WI for “Fundraiser lodging Committee”
  • $2,287.50 – Awesomecampaigns.com Inc. Elgin for “campaign signs”
  • $186.20 – Bimbo’s, McHenry for “dining Committee”
  • $90 – Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce for “ticket committee”
  • $84.50 -Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce for Membership dues committee”
  • $749 – Elect Inc., Chicago for “software license Committee”
  • $350 – Eric Parker, Crystal Lake for “Treasurer work Committee”
  • $1,000- Friends of McHenry County College Foundation for “donation committee”
  • $598.88 – Hilton Quebec, Quebec, QC for “lodging Committee”
  • $2,000 – Joan M. Etten LLC, Park Ridge for “fundraising services retainer Committee”
  • $526 – McHenry Limousine Service, McHenry for “travel Expense Committee”
  • $175.82 – Pao Bistro, Springfield for “dining Committee”
  • $213.65 – Saputos, Springfiel for “dining Committee”
  • $854.01 – United Air Lines. Schaumburg for “airfare Committee”
  • $435.28 – Wyndham Grand Hotel, Charleston, SC for “lodging Committee”

An additional $1,914.45 was in amounts less than $150.

No report had been filed for a “Althoff for County Board” committee as of Saturday night.

Wilbrandt Shows $129,000 Spent to Win Judicial Race

Robert WilbrandtAdding up all the expenditures in Judge RobertWilbrandt’s campaign, the total comes to $129,130.08 since he formed his committee last November.

Add in a $5,000 in-kind expenditure from Liberty Outdoor Advertising for billboards and the total rises to over $129,000.

In addition, there is a $35,000 loan from the candidate reported on April 4th.

The committee has debts from the candidate and family members of $121,000.

$26,000 is from family members.

The additional $35,000 loaned the committee from the candidate could be used to repay debts to family members.

Or there could be addition campaign bills to be paid, which might mean the total cost of the campaign could be as high as $164,000.

That would still be less than one year’s salary for the position.

McHenry County Salaries – St-Ta

Steinmetz,Benjamin J Deputy – Union $61,132.00
Steinsdoerfer,Amy K Court/Courtroom Spec I $33,002.46
Stelford,Alexander M Network Engineer $64,972.14
Stelmasek,Donna M Ex Legal Admin Spec $64,336.74
Stephenson,Karen L Public Health Nurse CD $80,178.30
Sterwerf,Jason G Director of Special Projects $78,290.74
Stieg,Mary C Administrative Specialist III $34,690.50
Stoerp,Ronald T IT DBA Liaison $62,038.62
Stone,David N. ZBA Mbr $5,720.00
Stopczynski,Sheyanne K Certified Nursing Asst I $6,990.87
Stout,John P Registry – CNA $5,105.10
Streyckmans,Christy N Correctional Officer – Union $76,693.40
Strombach,Sidney J Custodian II $35,241.72
Struve,Derek R Court/Courtroom Spec I $33,002.46
Stull,Jeremy R Construction Engineer I $62,374.32
Suay,Janet L Registry – RN $15,600.00
Sujak,Erika N Activity Assistant $8,551.66
Sullivan,Eric T DOT Maint Worker $61,785.60
Sullivan,Helena E Engineer III – Const Traffic $85,315.32
Sullivan,Thomas M. Director of IT $163,354.36
Swanson,Rachel K Court/Courtroom Spec I $35,712.96
Swiercz,Jennifer L Custodian I $19,831.50
Swinney,Emory E Marine Patrol I $9,956.70
Sy,Rosalin Registered Nurse $82,103.84
Szat,Heidi L Assessment Specialist I $45,472.08
Szatkowski,John M Marine Patrol I $9,956.70
Szewczyk,Mary Lynn Court/Courtroom Spec III $52,538.22
Szuta,Maria Certified Nursing Asst I $55,895.52
Tadelman,Robb Deputy Sheriff LT $120,735.00
Taft,Kimberly A Radio Dispchr – Union $86,118.80

Pro-Life Leaders Break with “Pro-Life” Senators Who Voted for ERA

From the Illinois Family Institute, re-published with permission:

Pro-Life Groups Withdraw Support from Republican Senators that Supported the ERA

Written by John Biver

Phyllis Schlafly, now deceased,  attended a number of Family PAC Cruises. Here she is with McHenry County Pro-Life leader Irene Napier.

The leaders of six pro-life organizations issued a public statement on Friday criticizing the 8 Republican state senators who joined the Democrats this past week to pass the “Equal Rights” Amendment (ERA).

In the letter, the pro-life leaders mention that left-wing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has admitted that the “intended scope of the ERA is to greatly increase the scrutiny of pro-life legislation.”

A vote for the ERA is a vote for overturning abortion restrictions and enshrining abortion rights in the U.S. Constitution. A vote for the ERA is a vote against the unborn child.

State court judges have held that their state ERAs mandate “HB 40” style taxpayer funding of elective abortions.

The ERA further threatens parental notification and consent laws throughout the country, along with every other reasonable regulation on abortion.

The eight Republican politicians who voted in favor of the ERA are:

  • Senator Pamela Althoff
  • Senator Michael Connelly
  • Senator Karen McConnaughay
  • Senator Jason Barickman
  • Senator John Curran
  • Senator Chris Nybo
  • Senator Sue Rezin
  • Senator Tom Rooney

The statement also says:

While we are disappointed with all 43 Senators who voted for abortion, we are gravely disturbed by those who solicited pro-life support and presented themselves as pro-life but voted for the ERA.

Their vote was a vote in opposition to life and will not be ignored by the undersigned.

Here are the letter’s signatories:

  • Dawn Behnke, Chairman of Illinois Federation for Right to Life PAC
  • Ralph Rivera, Chairman of the Illinois Federation for Right to Life PAC
  • Bonnie Quirke, President of Illinois Citizens for Life PAC
  • Elise Bouc, State Chairman of Illinois-Stop ERA
  • Rev. Robert Vanden Bosch, Concerned Christian Americans
  • David E. Smith, Executive Director Illinois Family Action PAC

After Governor Rauner signed HB 40 last year, which legalized the use of taxpayer-funding for abortions, conservatives had enough.

Across the state the grassroots stepped up and spoke out against this impostor.

And for the first time in a very long time, a good number of state and local legislators publicly withdrew their support from Rauner going into the primary election.

Now, pro-life organizations are publicly responding to the feckless votes of 8 Republican state senators.

Their support of the mis-named Equal Rights Amendment is seen as a major betrayal.

The IFA’s Dave Smith expressed shock at their vote: “I still cannot believe these supposedly pro-life lawmakers voted with Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and Equality Illinois in favor of the ERA.”

The ERA is not a new issue, so pro-life members of the Illinois General Assembly have no excuse for being unaware of the pro-abortion nature of it.

Smith added:

Illinois Family Institute Dave Smith stirred up attendees at a Patriots United Pro-Life Unity Breakfast in Crystal Lake.

These lawmakers spit on the memory of Phyllis Schlafly and instead embraced the agenda of the pink hat ‘nasty women’ crowd. This is an epic failure on the part of Republican leadership in Springfield. For 40 years conservatives fought to block this amendment from advancing in Illinois. This week, to our shock and dismay, 8 Republicans decided that a politically expedient route was more important than fighting for principle. In short, they chose to protect their political aspirations instead of fighting a pernicious anti-life, anti-family agenda.

The Illinois Family Institute’s (IFI) website contains a lot of information readily available about what the ERA is really all about. IFI also has a one-page document titled “The ‘Equal Rights’ Amendment is a War on Women,” addresses the many problems with the ERA, including these:

The ERA will strip away current legal protections for women by striking down laws that favor one gender over another.

  • Women in Combat — The ERA will force more women into front line combat.
  • Abortion — The ERA will strike down parental notification and consent laws that protect young girls.
  • Widows who have chosen to stay home to raise families will be unable to receive their late husband’s Social Security benefits.
  • Single-sex restrooms and locker rooms will remove privacy protections for everyone.

This short document also notes that the ERA has been rejected by the Illinois Legislature thirteen times and cites a report by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg titled, “Sex Bias in the U.S. Code” that the ERA will change “at least 800 federal laws.”

The fight now moves to the state house, and the letter from the pro-life leaders issues this warning:

The Illinois Federation for Right to Life PAC, Illinois Citizens for Life PAC, Illinois Family Action PAC, and Lake County Life PAC will not endorse or support any legislator that casts a vote for such a sweeping pro-abortion piece of legislation as the ERA.

There needs to be a consequence when legislators cast a vote that is indefensible. Political expediency cannot be tolerated when the lives of unborn children are at stake.

Dems Cancel Tax March

Not quite sure whether Democrats planned to march in favor of progressive income taxes for Illinois or against the income tax revision passed by the Republican Congress and signed by President Trump.

In any event, it was to be this afternoon at the Woodstock Square, but has been cancelled.

Here is what the McHenry County Democratic Party postedf:

EVENT CANCELLED  In the interests of safety, the Tax March for Woodstock Square has been canceled.  If you must travel, please be careful out there.

Instead, check out Tax March events happening across the country:https://taxmarch.org/events/

Looking at the event’s logo, I guess it was aimed at Trump.