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Algonquin Township – Chaos – Part 1

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On February 20, 2019

Algonquin Township, IL. (ECWd) –

Some say there is “chaos” in Algonquin Township.

For those that are not familiar with false narrative writing, it begins with pointing to a predisposed position, in this case, chaos.  While the media and others are pointing to there being chaos in the Algonquin Township, none have actually defined the term.

Websters defines chaos as: “a state of utter confusion”

Question: So where is this utter confusion as it relates to Algonquin Township?

Pointing to matters being litigated or actions of an official that you do not agree with is not chaos by definition, but using that word does stir up the masses.

While it is clear the local media believes the claimed chaos is caused by Andrew Gasser, the Township Highway Commissioner, it appears other possibilities are being ignored.

Apply the defined term of chaos to the Township Board of Trustees.


During the May 14, 2018, Algonquin Township board meeting, the Board discussed the Road District’s proposed budget and removed $100,000 from the Road District legal line item. So instead of granting his proposed budget which included $250,000 for legal, the Board amended the proposed budget and only approved $150,000 for Road District legal expenses.

During the October 19, 2018 meeting, the Board refused to transfer $8,000 in funds to the Road District legal line item to ensure obligations were paid, with both Trustees Racheal Lawrence and Melissa Victor agreeing that “he [Gasser] should have allowed himself enough legal expenses when the budget was created.

Trustee Shae went on to say that Gasser should not be allowed any more legal expenses since there are still lawsuits continuing. Now is when you can ask yourself if that makes any sense.

To be clear, the Board reduced his original budget request by $100,000 for the legal fund, then refused to transfer an additional $8,000 into the legal fund to ensure bills were paid, and five months later, turned around and blamed Highway Commissioner Gasser for not “allowing himself enough legal expenses” when the budget was created.

The action of the board stripping funds from the Road District’s proposed budget was the catalyst to several court actions, which some have implied are part of the chaos in the Township.

How special is that? Blaming others for what they created……utter confusion!

Check back for future articles that will explain how the claimed “chaos” narrative is fed by providing citizens false information that they end up believing because it is in the paper.

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