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Did Jim Kelly bill Algonquin Township Road District 5.5 hrs for attending Bob Miller’s private business meeting with Highway Commissioners?

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On June 25, 2018

McHenry Co. (ECWd) –

Last week we exposed former Algonquin Township Road District Highway Commissioner Bob Miller as a walking conflict of interest in this article.

Also in that article was the exposure of James Kelly’s law firm being the agent of record for the private corporation that Bob Miller ran out of the public office which he was elected to.  Now the plot thickens and billing appears to indicate a potential problem if the records are accurate.

According to the Algonquin Township Road District minutes, there were no meetings held on April 1, 2016.  In fact,  records show the only meetings in April of 2016 was the Annual Meeting, April, 12th that lasted six minutes and the regular meeting April 13th that lasted for 27 minutes.

Why is April 1, 2016, an important date?  Because there was a Highway Commissioner’s meeting, as in plural, on that day.  We have been unable to determine if it was the Northern Illinois Township Highway Commissioners or Township Highway Commissioners of McHenry County Association meeting. Both of those associations showed Bob Miller as the President during this time frame.

Regardless, we know there was no Algonquin Township Road District or Township meeting on April 1st, 2016.

That being the case, I wonder what James Kelly’s explanation is going to be for billing the Algonquin Township Road District for 5.5 hours for attending a Highway Commissioners meeting.   Note that it is, in fact, plural, as in more than one commissioner.

Why would Kelly bill the Algonquin Township Road District for a meeting with other Highway Commissioners?

Unfortunately, we have been unable to get anyone to go on the record about this meeting so all we can report is that we were told this was an association meeting for the Highway Commissioners but are unable to verify which association.  I was told that a denial of this meeting might give the tipster the courage to step up and confirm it on the record.

We have asked Kelly’s law firm to respond but not a peep out of him yet.

May Kelly billing 11 2016

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  • edward j franckowiak
    Posted at 09:03h, 25 June Reply

    Kirk, Did you FOIA the email he charged for 30 minutes of work?

    • Kirk Allen
      Posted at 14:41h, 25 June Reply

      Yes, but still dont have them. That’s part of our FOIA suit.

  • Anon
    Posted at 15:24h, 25 June Reply

    How about the previous balance? Was that work for the actual township or for Miller’s Club?

  • Leslie Nelson
    Posted at 19:52h, 25 June Reply

    Nothing To See Here <— click to watch!

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