The following article found on Illinois Leaks is published with permission. It is apparently from a hard drive found not previously known.
Algonquin Township Road District – Anna May Miller -political work….from work
McHenry Co. (ECWd) –Records recovered from a hard drive of the Road District reflect Anna May Miller, a former employee of the Road District and wife of the former Highway Commissioner Bob Miller, created documents tied directly to political work, to include campaigning.Although the document was created on a Saturday, it was later modified during the weekday and during work hours of the Township according to metadata in the file.
Considering the Township Clerk has been unable to produce time cards for that time frame, we don’t know if she was compensated on those days.
However, we do know the document was on a public computer hard drive, which means public property and resources have been misappropriated for political matters.
“Enclosed you will find a SAMPLE ballot indicating my suggestions for the various offices“
“Marc Munaretto has a solid history of strong financial management which he has pledged to use to the advantage of Algonquin Township. He questions the large cash reserve the current supervisor has acquired all the while increasing the levy. His understanding of the complicated tax levy process and his promise of tax levy stabilization or reduction is impressive and will result in tangible savings for our property owners.”
“My trustee suggestions are committed to preserving the many township programs we have come to rely on and unlike their challengers are not interested in cutting our programs”
Another document recovered outlines political strategy for the 2013 Primary which included direct mail to targeted voters. This plan was created in December of 2012 during work hours and was also recovered from the public computer hard drive of the Road District.
The creation of the letter to neighbors points to the solicitation of votes for certain candidates, however, we only have hearsay that the letter was actually distributed. Distributed or not, the use of public property in this fashion points to violations of the State Ethics Act.
Another document recovered from the hard drive was also created on a work day and during work hours. Metadata reflects Anna May created it.
“Thank you to the League of Women Voters for providing this opportunity for candidates to introduce themselves to their voters.”
In Illinois, there is a law known as the State Ethics Act. That law requires government entities, with the exception of community college districts, to adopt an ordinance or resolution that regulates, in a manner no less restrictive than Section 5-15 and Article 10 of the Act the political activities of officers and employees of the governmental entity and (ii) the soliciting and accepting of gifts by and the offering and making of gifts to officers and employees of the governmental entity.
(5 ILCS 430/70-5)
Sec. 70-5. Adoption by governmental entities.
(a) Within 6 months after the effective date of this Act, each governmental entity other than a community college district, and each community college district within 6 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly, shall adopt an ordinance or resolution that regulates, in a manner no less restrictive than Section 5-15 and Article 10 of this Act (i) the political activities of officers and employees of the governmental entity and (ii) the soliciting and accepting of gifts by and the offering and making of gifts to officers and employees of the governmental entity.
Section 5-15 deals with political matters and while the state law points to state employees, the same applies to officials and employees of public bodies under the requirement to adopt such a policy no less restrictive. That being the case, when you read “State employees”, note that it applies equally to local government officials and employees.
Points of interest from the law:
- (5 ILCS 430/5-15) Sec. 5-15. Prohibited political activities.
- (a) State employees shall not intentionally perform any prohibited political activity during any compensated time (other than vacation, personal, or compensatory time off).
- State employees shall not intentionally misappropriate any State property or resources by engaging in any prohibited political activity for the benefit of any campaign for elective office or any political organization.
“Prohibited political activity
- (7) Soliciting votes on behalf of a candidate for elective office or a political organization or for or against any referendum question or helping in an effort to get voters to the polls.
- (11) Distributing, preparing for distribution, or mailing campaign literature, campaign signs, or other campaign material on behalf of any candidate for elective office or for or against any referendum question.
- (12) Campaigning for any elective office or for or against any referendum question.
“Campaign for elective office” means any activity in furtherance of an effort to influence the selection, nomination, election, or appointment of any individual to any federal, State, or local public office or office in a political organization,
These and many other documents to be disclosed in the future point to the Miller’s conducting a vast amount of private business and politics with government resources.
One document, in particular, was a list of 1,585 potential Republican $1,000.00 donors.
Such a list has no place on a Township Road District computer or any other public computer.
While we understand some will want this donor document published, we felt it would be inappropriate to provide such a list as these people did not ask to be placed inappropriately on a public computer.
While their names may appear in a public record after making a donation, this list is a target donor list and will not be disclosed in an article.
The State’s Attorney believes he does have the hard drive containing this information.
We don’t know if the statute of limitations will be tolled or not considering the evidence was only recently discovered.
The letter to “neighbors” can be viewed below or downloaded at this link.
On a previous post relative to Mrs. Miller I commented that County Board attendance records indicated she was no longer a Board member in October of 2016.
Kirk made the comment that he had indications otherwise.
As usual, he is correct – she was still officially a Board member in October of 2016 although in her mind after the primary that year she may have felt that gig was up as see was absent from a lot of meetings after that.
Regardless, go ahead and accuse me of being a conspiracy theorist but, why does the County Board attendance not include Mrs. Miller for all of 2016?
Also, as I mentioned earlier: “However, while on the link I did notice that the County records listing is getting sloppy (no totals on some listings) and some meetings have blank pages posted for minutes or no minutes at all.”
What has happened at the County?
For Mr. Kenneally: What is the statute of limitations as applied to conducting political business with government equipment and taxpayer funded labor?
Nice work Kirk.
As I mentioned in a post on the previous article, Anna Mae was a board member, and Chairman of the Transportation Committee, through the end of November 2016.
During the previous term, when she was a member of the PHHS Committee, she left virtually every meeting by 10:30, allegedly to go home and watch her grandchildren.
This resulted in some meetings having to be suspended when a quorum was lost, as Yensen, Heisler, and Salgado also had day jobs or business to attend to.
Most of the meetings in those years lasted until noon when a quorum could be maintained due to issues with the Mental Health Board and Health Department.
Miller’s absences, and those of the other members, seriously hampered efforts to find replacements for the Mental Health Board and Health Board and deal with issues of reforming those bodies.
When she did come back she would complain about what the committee had done in her absence as the members who could stay later tended to be the ones who were in the opposite faction.
In one instance she tried to claim that the Open Meetings Act was violated even tho no votes were taken on anything.
The question is: what of it? Will ANYTHING come of this?
Nothing has come of any Miller escapades.
It makes me sick
Two sets of rules/laws.
One set for us another for the Millers
What about the latest revelations about the Miller’s.
On vacation, on a cruise, but still on the books paying yourself overtime.
$45 per hour to vacation with the family.
So how does a corrupt administration like this have the ability to sign a binding labor agreement in the final minutes of his term that ends up costing the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
It seams as though the township might have to hire this corrupt individual’s son in laws back and have to pay them back wages.
This Bob Miller and his wife should be brought to justice and be forced to payback all the illegal gains they took while no one was looking.
And this labor agreement he signed to protect his son in laws jobs should be set aside due to the fact it is a corrupt individual who signed it
Didn’t we just go through this with Lou Bianci’s office.
With a feckless states Attorney I won’t hold my breath that anything will come of this.
Frank-The laws are the same for the Millers, we just need someone that will apply them.
Keneally has no balls, and he is FB buddies with the Millers.
Will a Republican SA ever prosecute one of their own?
Does it Joe?
I guess the dems in Chicago should make you darn right suicidal.
Stephen, Miller has 924 FB buddies, ton’s of them politicians present or past.
Two of his FB buds that get allot of play on this blog are Joe Walsh and Cal Skinner.
Who was it that said, keep your friend close, but enemies closer.
Have to admit that I rarely use Facebook.
The term ‘friend’ as used by Facebook has absolutely NOTHING to with the traditional definition of the word as defined by Webster:
1a : one attached to another by affection or esteem She’s my best friend.
b : acquaintance
2a : one that is not hostile Is he a friend or an enemy?
b : one that is of the same nation, party, or group showbiz friends
3 : one that favors or promotes something (such as a charity) this trend has alarmed friends of the liberal arts— Raymond Walters The friends of the library will host a fund-raiser.
4 : a favored companion
5 capitalized : a member of a Christian sect that stresses Inner Light, rejects sacraments and an ordained ministry, and opposes war
— called also Quaker
The Facebook developer were smart because they knew they were dealing with a very gullible audience.
A more accurate word would be: Facebook contact
Most so-called ‘friends’ on Facebook have never met or even conversed with each other.
Talk about using a word out of context!!
Franks perpetrates far worse things.