The trial to determine how much power the township supervisor and township trustees have in Grafton Township starts tomorrow in Judge Michael Caldwell’s courtroom at 9 AM.
By now several tens of thousands of dollars of legal time has been booked in the fight that began when challenger Linda Moore beat Grafton Township Supervisor John Rossi in the February, 2009, primary election.
Before taking office, Moore’s allies, headed by Dan Ziller, Jr., sued the township, claiming that the township board under Rossi had unlawfully borrowed millions of dollars to finance a new township hall on Haligus Road in Lake in the Hills.
Ziller, et al, won the suit after Moore took office in 2009. She dropped off as a plaintiff so there would not be a conflict.
The Township Trustees, all but one who served with Rossi, decided they wanted to take control of township government.
The dispute grew white hot when the Trustees hired Huntley Township Trustee Pam Fender to fill a new $35,000 position the Trustees called “Township Administrator.” The salary was later hiked to $40,000. It includes full health coverage.
More significantly, they assigned Fender all the non-mandated duties performed by Moore.
The Trustees also evicted Moore from the office space occupied by former Supervisor Rossi, changing the locks to both the outer and inner office, and installed Fender there.
Moore objected and filed suit what I have been calling a “Separation of Powers” case.
The lawsuit was originally scheduled for the day of the Grafton Township Town Meeting, but postponed the day the Trustees counter sued asking that Moore be prohibited from moving the phones from the township office.
The Trustees got what they asked for from Judge Caldwell, but not what they wanted.
The phones remained in the township hall, but the judge ordered Moore returned to her old office spaces.
After the Township Trustees lost their attempt to ratify what the Judge Caldwell had ruled unlawfully done with regard to obtaining new township offices on April 13th, the very next day Township Attorney Keri-Lyn Krafthefer filed another motion, the effect of which would be to kick Moore out of office should Caldwell agree with its line of argument.
The biggest show in town will start a 9 AM on the second floor of the courthouse. Go to the corridor nearest Route 47 and look for Judge Caldwell’s courtroom.