Jack Franks’ Carpenters Union Cat’s Paw’s Election Board Complaint Against County GOP Fizzles

Carpenters Union official Ronald Eck, a fervent supporter of Democratic Party McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Frank, filed a complaint with the Illinois State Board of Elections against the McHenry County Republican Party for bad campaign financing reporting. Specifically, that … Continue reading

Rachael Lawrence Finds Questionable Algonquin Township Road District Bills

Township Trustees are supposed to review bills looking for improper ones. In Algonquin Township, such bills are only submitted two days before Board meetings. In that time, Trustee Rachael Lawrence tagged three requests for payment approval from Algonquin Township Road … Continue reading

Will Algonquin Township Trustee David Chapman Change His Mind on Holding Referendum to Put Road District Under Township Board?

When Algonquin Township Trustee Rachael Lawrence proposed that the Township Board put a referendum on the ballot this fall to put the Road District under the jurisdiction of the Township Board starting in 2021, she could not get a second … Continue reading

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

Northwest Herald Chastises Algonquin Township Board for Not Putting Road District Question on the Ballot

On Saturday, the Northwest Herald Editorial Board (Jim Ringness, Jon Styf, Eric Olson, Kyle Nabors and Hannah Prokop) gave a “Thumbs-down” to those on the Algonquin Township Board who refused to put a referendum on the ballot concerning putting the … Continue reading

Skillicorn Joins Franks in Calling for Referendum to Put Algonquin Township Road District Under Township Board in 2021

A press release from State Rep. Allen Skillicorn: Franks, Skillicorn Asking Algonquin Township for Referendum to Abolish Highway Department WOODSTOCK, Ill. – State Rep. Allen Skillicorn is joining McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ call for the Algonquin Township Board … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Road District Abolition Referendum on Wednesday Algonquin Township Board Agenda

Algonquin Township Trustee Rachael Lawrence has emailed Supervisor Chuck Lutzow asking that the following item be included in Wednesday night’s Algonquin Township Board meeting: “Decision to draft and adopt resolution to create referendum allowing voters to abolish the Algonquin Township … Continue reading

The Nepotism Resolution the Algonquin Township Board Refused to Debate

Earlier this month Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser put an anti-nepotism resolution on the township agenda.  The five decades of single family rule of the highway department was the hot button issue of the 2017 campaign. In the 52 … Continue reading

Attacks on Andrew Gasser’s Attorney Robert Hanlon Continue at Algonquin Township Meeting

$18,492.88 Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lukasik didn’t record the June meeting of the Algonquin Township Board, but at least two others did. One streamed in live on FaceBook. Those attending or watching first heard Debra McCracken say in public comment … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Board Cuts Gasser Legal Expenses from $250,000 to $150,000

When the budget for the Algonquin Township Road District was considered by the Township Board on Monday night, the Board voted 4-1 to reduce the line item for legal fees from $250,000 to $150,000. Trustee David Chapman made the reduction … Continue reading

Rachael Lawrence, Treasurer of the McHenry County GOP & Algonquin Township Trustee, Supports Bill Allowing Townships to Be Abolished by Referendum

From Algonquin Township Trustee Rachael Lawrence, who was elected Treasurer of the McHenry County Republican Party without opposition last week, gives her views on State Rep. David McSweeney’s bill to allow voters to put referendums on the ballot to abolish … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Trustee Rachael Lawrence Says She Didn’t Go to Springfield to Lobby

Rachael Lawrence gives different take on trip to Springfield than what was conveyed in the Northwest Herald. In a comment under my article on the NWH’s article {“Algonquin Township Officials Fear for their Jobs“) she wrote: I attended this “Township … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Officials Fear for Their Jobs

The Northwest Herald has an article today about attempts by Algonquin Township Trustees driving to Springfield in an aapparent attempt to keep their jobs. Here’s the first sentence of the article by reporter Ed Komenda: Algonquin Township officials traveled to … Continue reading

How GOP Committeemen Voted in the County Convention

In a massive step toward transparency, newly-elected Republican Party Chairman Diane Evertsen has released who voted for Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary at Wednesday’s Rep;ublican Central Committee Convention.  (Treasurer Rachael Lawrence was elected by acclamation.) Plane Alan ALD 1 260 … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Trustee Rachael Lawrence Featured in Township Officials’ Magazine

When I was a State Representative, the Township Officials of Illinois used to send me its magazine. I enjoyed reading it. Last month the monthly magazine featured an interview of Algonquin Township Trustee Rachael Lawrence, who was elected last year. … Continue reading

Jack Franks Wanted to Have Cal Skinner Arrested

We’re back to McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ paranoia. He thinks he is important enough that someone would want to kill him. [Cue canned laughter.] He pretends that he was scared for his life (and his family’s) when a … Continue reading

Algonquin Township – Appropriations v. Bills, Legal Fees

The Algonquin Township meeting on Wednesday was pretty peaceful. No Operating Engineers Local 150 balloon rats. No room crowded with angry citizens. The biggest issue was whether a bill could be paid for $23,512 to attorney Robert Hanlon for Township … Continue reading