Local 150 Does Not Have Stellar Day in Court in Gasser Case

It’s not a big secret that Local 150 of the Operating Engineers considers legitimizing its union contract with the Algonquin Township Road District as an important goal.

The Local 150 balloon rat closest to Crystal Lake at last July’s Township meeting.

The deployment of manpower and blow-up rats before and during Algonquin Township Board meetings has demonstrated that.

(Will union members demonstrate again at Wednesday’s meeting?)

(Will the union be in favor of the proposed referendum to put the Road District under the Township Board starting in 2021?)

Leading up to yesterday’s court hearing, the Local 150 attorneys claimed that Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser’s attorney Robert Hanlon had not filed his client’s paperwork on time.

Funny thing is, the Circuit Clerk’s Office said that Hanlon had made a timely filing.

Instead of winning the day, all that happened was another court date–August 21–was set:


Local 150 Does Not Have Stellar Day in Court in Gasser Case — 16 Comments

  1. That giant statue of Phat Jack Franks the protesters are gathered around is amazingly lifelike !

  2. The Union 150 ethos, that disease carrying rodents are mascots and it’s garbage people membership be called “Engineers”.

  3. I can’t read all the handwriting by the Judge, can you?

    It sounds like the Circuit Court people had the paperwork, but the Judge and Union didn’t.

    Bottom line is a continuance for a motion to dismiss.

    Right in the beginning of the note it appears the Judge agrees with the Union, but keeps giving Hanlon more appeals.

    At least since December Hanlon has dragged this out.

    I’m not sure what is Hanlon’s plan, but his billing keeps increasing whatever it is.

  4. Btw, the Crystal Lake’s McDonalds remodel near 31 and 176 is coming along nicely. Drive thru is open.

  5. Need to unveil the Miller practices.

    If this was legal to do after being voted out, then the laws need to change!

  6. This is 2018. It is surprising that the court system in McHenry County allows documents to be hand written rather than being created by a word processor such as Microsoft Word in order to create a permanent record. What then happens with the handwritten document? Does someone in the office then have to scan it and then store it in a server/computer? That is a waste of time and money. Taxpayer money.

  7. I was at a small rural courthouse in MO and the orders were typed on a laptop, printed and entered into the system.

    But bear in mind, this wasn’t super progressive McHenry County where they buy a new system every three years or so depending on who’s taking the bribe…

  8. Orders in all county courts are handwritten, except when one of the lawyers brings a laptop to type and print, or when a judge takes a case under advisement following a hearing and issues a written decision, or when the lawyers decide after a complex decision that they ought to continue the matter s few days to put together a word processed order.

    The vast majority of orders in day-to-day proceedings are handwritten.

    At least we haven’t had to carry carbon paper for a couple decades.

  9. Martin? Just because something was “always done that way” does not make it a good idea. Since no one knows how to write legibly these days, doesn’t it make much more sense to “print it out”?

  10. Might the new chief judge institute orders typed on a computer pad?

  11. My comment did not say the present system of writing orders is good or bad. I was descriptive, not prescriptive.

    I do think having orders word processed rather than hand written is a good idea.

    We are presently required to hand up paper orders.

    That means each courtroom would need a quiet, high speed printer, and a couple of workstations for people who do not carry computers of some kind with them.

    If we went very high tech, we’d eliminate the paper, do orders on a networked computer so lawyers, clients, and judge can all review before e-signing it and making it part of the court record.

    Since clients often need to see orders, the logistics of having screens, space, and the ability to edit proposed orders requires some significant expense for each courtroom.

    When they put me in charge, I’ll get to work on it.

    However, that will be sometime after hell freezes over.

  12. **Local 150 Does Not Have Stellar Day in Court in Gasser Case**

    Good god, spin much?

    The case was essentially granted a continuance to wait for amended filings.

    But sure… it was a bad day for L150.


  13. Alabama, victory is a matter of perspective.

    They didn’t get dinged for untimely filing or plagiarism, so it’s a win.

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