Attorney Jim Bishop Seeking Grafton Township Financial & Equipment Records

After winning his clients’ suit against a Grafton Township board that decided to build a new township hall without notifying, let alone asking township residents for their opinions, Crystal Lake attorney Jim Bishop is filing a Freedom of Information request asking for extensive financial and other information.

“We’re going to file a Freedom of Information request and if the informatin is not immediately forthcoming, we will file an appropriate suite,” Bishop told me.

What’s being sought?

  • Financial records since Fiscal Year 2006
  • Check register for that four-year period
  • Bank statements for the township general and general assistance funds
  • Records of purchases and disposition of personal property purchased by the township

The Grafton Township supervisor during that period was John Rossi. Linda Moore defeated him in the Republican primary election by 30 votes. The Democrats ran no candidates for township office.

Grafton Township operated a food pantry, which Rossi turned into a not-for-profit corporation. Since his loss, it has moved out of the township building.


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