McHenry Co. (ECWd) –
Once again we will point out more taxpayer funds being spent on matters that have nothing to do with Township business. In fact, in this case, one should wonder what the real purpose of a $1,000.00 bill for “Election Judge’s Meals” was for at the Brunch Cafe in Fox River Grove.
We wonder because there is nothing in the Township Code having anything to do with buying meals for election judges. This particular transaction was April 14, 2015. No, there was no election on that day and even if there was, Township Funds and Road Funds are not to be spent on food for election judges.
This $1,000.00 meal charge on the Algonquin Township American Express card in Bob Miller’s name is going to be problematic for more than just the person who charged this meal. According to the handwritten notes on the credit card statement, the payment was split between two accounts, the Town Fund and the Road District Fund.
Such an expenditure from Township and Road District funds are a misapplication of Township funds as there is no statutory authority for taxpayer funds in a Township or Township Road district to spend on feeding election judges.
(720 ILCS 5/33E-16) Misapplication of funds.
(a) An officer, director, agent, or employee of, or affiliated in any capacity with any unit of local government or school district commits misapplication of funds when he or she knowingly misapplies any of the moneys, funds, or credits of the unit of local government or school district.
(b) Sentence. Misapplication of funds is a Class 3 felony.
(Source: P.A. 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13.)
- Why would Bob Miller’s credit card be used for feeding Election Judges April 14th, 2015, which is a week after the election that spring?
- Why would the past Township Board approve such an item of expenditure?
- Why would the past Township Supervisor sign a check for this payment?
May we suggest the State’s Attorney add this to the list of evidence of illegal spending?Election Judge Meals