From Crystal Lake City Council candidate Robert Miller’s wife Dianne:
Here is the latest on Robert’s court case….
Robert had a status hearing yesterday in McHenry County.
The attorney for the hearing board and a new attorney for Hopkins, Brady and Ferguson were in attendance.
Appears that Hopkins, Brady and Ferguson are still being represented by the law firm that Mayor Shepley’s wife works for.
Brady, Ferguson and Ralph Dawson were there too. (We have never seen Hopkins in court)
Robert came to court prepared with his legal brief in hand.
The attorneys had nothing.
The judge [Thomas Meyer] was surprised that Robert had his brief ready.
He worked his butt off researching case law and he found some interesting cases which he highlighted in his brief.
Since Bob is pro-se he also had to educate himself on the proper way to format and write a brief. I think he did a great job!
Robert discussed with the judge the importance of getting this resolved quickly.
It was decided that the attorneys have until February 5th to file their briefs and another court date was set for February 11th.
(February 11th is Robert’s birthday!)
The judge is supposed to give his decision then.
I was not able to find ANY information on the Marshall Lowe/Dell Miller election ballot challenge [which Lowe won in court under fairly similar circumstances].
I wound up doing a FOIA with McHenry County (both County Clerk and Circuit Court Clerk), the State of Illinois Election Board and lastly
They all replied that they have no records.
I did find it interesting that the reply I received from Algonquin Township was a written letter from their attorney Jim Kelly.
Their attorney handles their FOIA requests?
No wonder Algonquin Township is so messed up.
Every other place I have submitted a FOIA to has had a FOIA clerk respond to me – not an attorney!
Since Charles Lutzow is the FOIA officer – why is he having the attorney respond? What an incredible waste of money!
I have attached a copy of their response but if you decide to put that up on the blog, please remove my email address.