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

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

Abolishing Office of McHenry Township Road Commissioner Set for November Ballot

Three of the five members of the McHenry Township Board voted to allow citizens to determine whether the Office of McHenry Township Road Commissioner should exist after incumbent James Condon’s term runs out in 2021. Supporting the ballot measure were … Continue reading

Sheriff Bill Prim Refers Criminal Complainants Against Former Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller to State Police

Edgar County Watchdog Kirk Allen, who posts on Illinois Leaks, received the following reply to the criminal complaint he filed with McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim: “Your complaints are the same ones reported by Mr. Gasser and his attorney and … Continue reading

Tribune Puts End of Miller Dynasty on Front Page

The upset victory of McHenry County Board member Andrew Gasser over incumbent Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Bob Miller was featured on the bottom of the Chicago Tribune’s front page on Monday. Reporter Robert McCoppin noted, “His victory represents a backlash … Continue reading

Nepotism Topples Top Illinois Township Official

In an eerie echo of the defeat of long-time McHenry Township Assessor Carol Perschke four years ago by Democrat Mary Mahady, 24-year Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller was defeated by McHenry County Board member Andrew Gasser in Tuesday’s Republican … Continue reading

Bob Miller Elected to Head State’s Township Officials, Follows in Father’s Footsteps

A press release from Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller: Algonquin Highway Commissioner Heads Illinois Township Officials Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Bob Miller will head theTownship Officials of Illinois for the next year. It’s the second time the organization which … Continue reading

Officials’ Perks Ruled Taxable in Grafton Township

An IRS finding handed down January 31st will surely be the talk of the next meeting of the Township Officials of Illinois. It says that heretofore fringe benefits, such as the Grafton Road Commissioner’s vehicle and the reimbursement for dinners … Continue reading

Township Officials Oppose Tax Diversion, Limitation

The lobbying arm of Illinois Township Officials is urging local members to call their legislators to ask them to oppose two bills. One takes money from a state subsidy that should have been phased out decades ago. It looks like … 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

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

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

Chris Krug on Value of Township Government

Sunday Northwest Herald Executive Editor Chris Krug wrote of taking some heat from a reader who criticized him in a letter to his boss John Rung. In response, Krug said he was going to list the benefits of township government. … Continue reading