Algonquin (ECWd) –
According to the Facebook post of the Algonquin Township Clerk, the past Road Commissioner did nothing that was illegal. “Bob Miller did nothing that was illegal”
Reviewing credit card statements that have Bob Miller’s name on them, we found some matters that may lend to the Clerk re-thinking her public statement and should probably be forwarded to the police for a criminal investigation.
We wrote about one charge in this article and the Clerk is now claiming this was an APWA Conferance approved by the board. Note to the clerk: board approval does not make an illegal purchase legal and to claim this was for a conferance raises serious questions, as in, “Says Who and With What Proof?”
What we wrote about was a ticket to the Disneyland park, not a purchase to APWA for a Conference! To claim this was an APWA Conference expense flies in the face of all logic. This Disneyland ticket purchase was not with APWA and had nothing to do with the conference as being implied. In fact, APWA records prove this fact.
“On these pages, you’ll see just a few of Anaheim’s attractions you can visit before, during and after your Congress experience.” (APWA record pages 26-27)
“Why not combine business with pleasure and incorporate your Congress trip into your vacation plans?” (APWA record pages 26-27)
With APWA telling its attendees about attractions they can visit, and pointing to “your” vacation plans, which are not public purpose expenditures, it’s clear the Disneyland tickets are in no way a public purpose and not an expense that the taxpayers should have paid for. This points to an illegal purchase by the former Road Commissioner as well as a complete failure of the board and Supervisor for approving and paying for this bill, and many others!
Back to the beginning! Public funds, credit, and property shall only be used for public purpose. That is in our constitution under Article VIII Section 1.
With that in mind, what public purpose was served by Bob Miller buying tickets to visit/vacation at Disneyland?
In regards to secret cameras at the Township reported on by the Northwest Herald, the Clerk said that it was “creepy” and “weird.” How creepy and weird is it that there is no mention of the Blink Cameras the past road commissioner purchased on the credit card? Was the past road commissioner secretly recording on Township Property? A $299.00 Blink purchase on the credit card would equate to multiple cameras being purchased. Has the Clerk not found these cameras? Who was being spied on during his tenure, and possibly still being recorded? Or is this a case of cameras being purchased with Township credit for their own personal use at home? Hopefully, these cameras were legitimate to monitor public property, which is neither creepy nor weird.
Or the Prana Living women’s clothing purchases for $190.19?
Did we mention the Levinger purchase for a woman’s handbag costing the taxpayers $384.52? If you’re looking for evidence that this was, in fact, a personal purchase and had no public purpose, just note the fact the taxpayers paid tax on this purchase. Public bodies are tax exempt, thus this clearly was a personal purchase that not only cost the taxpayer’s sales tax, another $32.90 in shipping and handling! It was purchased in November so would it be out of line to assume this was a Christmas Present? If so, another piece of evidence it had no public purpose, which would make such a purchase a criminal act since it was done with public credit.
Although there is plenty more to expose as it relates to questionable spending, I think for now the point has been made that someone has some answering to do as it relates to the use of public credit for what clearly appears to be a private purpose.
Although many will continue to push back and claim there is nothing to see, rest assured we have come into the posession of some records that are going to refute pretty much any excuse defenders of bad actors can come up with!
Stay tuned for more exposure of improper spending in Algonquin Township that includes the actual records, not speculation!