Xmas Gifts Listed on Algonquin Township Credit Card

It appears as though the Algonquin Township Taxpayers were bank rolling Santa Claus.  Reprinted with permission.

Algonquin Township Road District – Public credit used for Christmas gifts

McHenry Co. (ECWd) –Once again credit card records from the Algonquin Township Road District American Express card statement point to illegal purchases.  Bob Miller’s name appears on those statements.The Illinois Constitution Article VIII section 1(a),  points to three key points.  Public funds, property, and credit.  Those three items are clear and very distinct.  As it relates to this article, lets’ focus on public credit.  A credit card in the name of the Township Highway Department with the name of it’s Road Commissioner, Bob Miller, is a form of public credit.  Use of that credit shall only be for public purpose.

A quick way to confirm that there was no public purpose, in this case, is to see who paid the bill.  Although there is a lot of questionable spending on this particular bill, one is clearly in violation of the law and it appears they knew it.

A check for $538.65 was written to American Express by the McHenry County Highway Commissioners Association and the memo section reflects “Xmas Gifts”.  The purchase was to Linen Source, an online business that sells bed linen.  I wonder if they have sizes to fit prison cell mattresses?

It’s clear, public credit was used, as a purchase was made with that credit, and the bill was sent to the local public body holding that credit card. Two indicators point to there being no public purpose for this credit card purchase. The first being a private non-profit paying the bill, McHenry County Highway Commissioners Association. The second being the fact it was for “Xmas Gifts,” which contrary to popular belief, does not serve a public purpose nor are Christmas gifts authorized by law.

Some may argue that since the actual bill was paid by someone else and not taxpayer funds that makes it OK.  No, that is not true!  Ask the former Pekin, Illinois Mayor who reimbursed the city for his cash advances on the city credit card. http://caselaw.findlaw.com/il-supreme-court/1001898.html

The Illinois Supreme Court recently affirmed the conviction of the former mayor of Pekin, Illinois. He was convicted of three counts of official misconduct based upon his use of the city credit card to obtain cash advances for gambling purposes. While the specific fact pattern in this is unique, the legal effects of the case are worth learning. This case could have a reverberating impact on the way that municipal officials in the State deal with public money and credit cards.

In this case, someone had access to Bob Millers’ credit card and used it to make a purchase that was not for Road District business. That qualifies as using public credit.  Considering it was paid for by a private entity identifying what it was for, Xmas Gifts, that confirms it was not for a public purpose.

Since it was not for a public purpose, you can now add misapplication of funds to the mix, which also is a felony. This criminal statute applies because it too outlines credits of the unit of local government.

(720 ILCS 5/33E-16)
Sec. 33E-16. Misapplication of funds.

(a) An officer, director, agent, or employee of, or affiliated in any capacity with any unit of local government or school district commits misapplication of funds when he or she knowingly misapplies any of the money, funds, or credits of the unit of local government or school district.

(b) Sentence. Misapplication of funds is a Class 3 felony.

We understand criminal investigations take time and we appreciate efforts of those agencies being thorough but at what point is enough enough? In this case, an illegal charge was made to the Township Highway Department credit card and they knew it was improper because they had a private entity pay the charge. That is the use of public credit for a purpose other than a public purpose.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney, in our opinion, has sufficient information to confirm crimes were committed, so what could be the delay in bringing charges?  Considering the vast majority of the illegal spending we are seeing was done online, the question becomes, who did it.  Was it the card holder?  I suspect since Bob Miller has lawyered up he is not talking, so investigators may be trying to determine who actually made the charges, even though the elected official whose name is on the card is ultimately responsible. What is sure to be problematic for Bob Miller is the fact the minutes do not reflect him ever complaining about someone using his public credit card when these bills got submitted for payment.

We will continue to share key records that point to the illegal use of public funds, property, and credit and we assure you, the list is much longer than what we have already exposed.

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Xmas Gifts Listed on Algonquin Township Credit Card — 27 Comments

  1. It’s so sad how McHenry county compassionate conservatives have joined liberals in the war on Christmas. Away in a manger Jesus weeps. 190 days…stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meeeeeoooooowwwwwww…

  2. It’s so sad how McHenry county compassionate conservatives have joined liberals in the war on Christmas. Away in a manger Jesus weeps. 190 days…stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meeeeeoooooowwwwwww…

  3. This sheds more light on why there are ‘the defenders’ strutting around this comments section. A lot of felonies perpetrated.

  4. It’s so sad Angel blasphemes whenever and wherever he can.

    Almost as bad as whitewashing governmental criminality, which the democrats have perfected to a fine art.

  5. Earth to Kenneally. Are you receiving? Earth to State’s Attorney’s Office. Please acknowledge.

    Earth to Kenneally. Are you receiving? Earth to State’s Attorney’s Office. Please acknowledge.

    Please come in. Over.

  6. It is very interesting, and sad, that our County needs a group of watchful citizens from another County in Illinois, far away from us, to uncover problems in our own County and make calls for action. Why haven’t our own citizens and the local media such as the local newspaper been more inquisitive?

  7. perhaps discretionary prosecution stalling to run out clock on civil suit opportunity.

    citizens who pay Algonquin Township taxes are the ones with standing to advance fraud litigation against township, road district, and individuals involved.

  8. Who said there isn’t a Santa – right, Santa Booby ?

    We will remember SA Kenneally’s refusal to act and enforce
    the laws that have been violated by the Millers when his next
    election comes around.

    We shall not forget, Mr. Kenneally.

  9. Honest? That is not a threat. That is a given. Everyone knows he is toast. Their office doesn’t even reply anymore. This was just the last straw that broke that camel’s back.

  10. But this is one of my favorite things about Illinois.

    If I use a credit card fraudulently, I get a felony and serve 1-3.

    If I’m a Pol, I get a $30 per hour gig consulting in Nunda Township

  11. Cal:

    Would you please find out how much money our township has spent on food? I am really having a hard time believing all of this but the more I read the more angry I become.

    When does this end?

  12. I’ve been wondering about the food bills myself.

    I wonder if Booby has lost any weight since he has to buy all his own grub now?

  13. We citizens need to organize and file a complaint against the entire family or they will continue to strut and giggle of our weakness

  14. Where is the blasphemy? Compassionate conservatives love to trash immigrants, the LGBTQ, and any other minority that makes them feel under a creative imaginary threat in this pathetic sunshine blog and I am yet to see any outrage. “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ Indeed, Jesus weeps somewhere away in a manger every time one of these irresponsible self proclaimed “family-values”, “pro-life” conservatives trash minorities while pontificating about christian values. 191 days…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meeeeeoooooowwwwwww…

  15. I don’t even read Llavona’s comments because I Don’t beleve in squandering valuable time I’ll never get back.

    Kenneally is picking and choosing cases he’ll prosecute like this one, for political purposes? because he’s friends with Miller’s daughter?

    When people are as angry with the do-nothing States Atty as they are with the offender, there is a real problem….for the States Atty.

  16. And it will be Christmas in prison for the Madoff of township gov.

    Miller and makes you wonder why Miller was endorsed by every other road district commissioners they all cut from same cloth fail miserably in privacy sector job head to public trough

  17. Yep that’s a lot of food. Fine places too.

    Many in the township would consider a freebie to Jameson’s a real treat.

    How many haven’t stepped inside, because they can’t afford to.

    They’ve stolen from those people too.

    Natalie, wait until you see the next set of cc bills, that ECWd’s posted today.

    Talk about gluttony.

  18. Every one of these credit card statements have restaurants on them it seems.

    What for?

    Why should the Township be buying breakfast lunch or dinner?

    Just because?

    Why did the board approve these payments?

    They all need to be dealt with!

  19. It’s so sad Angel blasphemes whenever and wherever he can.

    Almost as bad as whitewashing governmental criminality, which the democrats have perfected to a fine art.

    Angel is male?

  20. Jesus was a male, wasn’t he? Tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meeeeeoooooowwwwwww.

  21. I am not a fan of the Miller clan using Taxpayer Funds as their multigenerational slush fund, but the check for
    $538.65 was written from an organization which is not part of government, and therefore, not subject to the (correct) scrutiny being given to many of the other purchases made by the clan.

    The McHenry County Township Highway Commissioner’s Association is a voluntary private organization, and dues paid to it are legally analogous to the dues paid by almost every township to the Township Officials of Illinois, another non-governmental not for profit organization.

  22. The dues to this made up orginazation of Miller’s are paid up out of Twp funds.

  23. Bobby loves to play Santa — on your dime!

    But unlike Santa, he gives these gifts to his wife and crime clan!

  24. Correct Grampa, but irrelevant.

    This is a professional association and relevant to the position.

    This was not an illegal expenditure.

    There are lots of others that are questionable.

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