Illinois Leaks Looks at Andrew Gasser’s Case Against the Algonquin Township Board

Reprinted with permission from Illinois Leaks:

Algonquin Township Road District seeks Preliminary Injuction, Mandamus, Declaratory Judgment and other Relief against Algonquin Township

McHenry Co. (ECWd) –

Summary of the Case: “Defendants illegally reduced the Algonquin Township Road District budget for fiscal year 2018 – 2019 by one-hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), thereby preventing Plaintiff Andrew Gasser, the Highway Commissioner, from performing his statutory duties and meeting the contractual obligations of the Road District as it relates to ongoing, pending litigation commenced by third parties. Plaintiffs seek to overturn the Defendants’ illegal action.

Moreover, on June 13, 2017, the Defendants assumed the power to command duties and actions over the Algonquin Township Road District (the “Road District”).”

Algonquin Township Board

As we have pointed out in a past article, we believe the Township overstepped their authority and we believe the courts will order the Township to correct their improper actions.

We are pleased to see the very court cases we cited in this article were also used in support of the complaint, because it validates the misconception that you have to be an attorney to understand case law.

We believe the direction given by James Kelly, the Township attorney, was wrong and appears to have been done as a mechanism to ensure more billable hours.

We encourage everyone to read the case law cited in the complaint to grasp how wrong the Township was in their actions.

We once again urge the township to terminate their attorney.

The next status hearing is set for November 29th, 2018 with Judge Myer.

This was a result of three motions of reassignment that removed Judge Chmiel, Sullivan, and Costello from the case.

You can download a copy of the Complaint at this link or view below.


Illinois Leaks Looks at Andrew Gasser’s Case Against the Algonquin Township Board — 9 Comments

  1. I saw this one Facebook, seems relative:

    All the talk of checks and balances and draining of swamps has culminated in the exact opposite of what the current commissioner stated he would do. He is opposing any and all forms of secondary oversight.
    Board meeting quote from when the board reduced his legal budget: “I am the Highway Commissioner and I will do what ever I want.”
    Draining of what he called a swamp has resulted in nearly $400,000 in legal fees paid to his attorney who continues to lose in court.
    He has refilled what he called a swamp with wasteful legal spending, illegal non-state bid purchases and possible criminal activity (non yet substantiated by the SA office).
    This man will spend every penny of our tax dollars to bankrupt the township and cause it to be eliminated. While some may be in favor of this it is not a responsible way of reducing government bodies.
    One needs to ask the question of this suit. If Gasser feels that the board has no oversight or control of budgetary items and levy’s, why did he proceed to follow the new budget and not just spend on his legal budget as he saw fit? IE: requests for transfers to legal budget to pay watchdogs settlement…..
    Food for thought.

  2. Clowns to the left, Jokers to the right, here we are stuck in the middle with you.

  3. Nob, I like the part where the bill is dated June 8th for the Illinois Leaks lawsuit but he is billing for the period of 6/21/18, and the Township received it on 6/7/18.

    Does Hanlon have crystal balls?

  4. I noticed that date thingy also.

    More like Silver or Gold since Gasser has been feeding him.

    $40k for the Dog’s aint bad either.

  5. We wouldn’t have legal bills if the previous administration had not taken advantage of our faith in them, Obviously if we had a states attorney that honored hthere oath and performed with integrity this would have been do e

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