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April 18, 2024

Algonquin Township- Who violated the June 8, 2017 Protective Order?

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On August 2, 2019

McHenry Co. (ECWd) –

Timelines, testimony, facts, and attorneys can twist up a situation so much it is no wonder so many are confused.  As we continued to review Freedom of Information Act requests, court transcripts of testimony, and lawyer statements regarding the Algonquin Township and alleged secret videos the truth is rather shocking.

In June of 2017, the courts issued a protective order.  That particular protective order, at the time it was issued, did not include the Nest camera contents for the camera located in the record storage room in the basement of the Township office. The reason is the order was made before the camera was ever purchased, which happened on July 3, 2017.

The order specifically stated, a designated attorney, Mr. Gottemoller, was to hire a qualified individual or individuals to secure a copy of the videos at Algonquin Township as well as copies of any and all hard drives from photocopies and scanners at Algonquin Township. It states the designated attorney shall provide copies of same to all counsel of record and shall notice up same to the court and a protective order is entered that no distribution of the information will be made outside of the attorney’s and parties of this litigation unless given leave of court.

It appears clear, the only people that should have copies of the videos we published in this article would be the attorney’s of record and the parties, even though the transcript on page 22 indicates the judge ordered this to be for attorney’s eyes only.  Lukasik’s attorney, Gummerson, wrote the order and you will see at the bottom where he drew a line and added “the attorney’s and parties”.

We disagree with the Judge’s words in the transcript as we do not believe a court can block a Township Clerk from any township records and only allow the attorney’s eyes on the records. The fact “parties” was included in the written order and signed is on point with how it should be.

So the question now, how did the videos of the alleged Kubota record dumping get into the public domain if the only people that were to have it was the attorneys and the parties involved?

Did one of the attorney’s violate the protective order?

  • Jamie Wombacher
  • James Kelly
  • Thomas Gooch
  • Mark Gummerson
  • David McArdle
  • Robert Hanlon

Did one of the parties to the litigation violate the protective order?

  • Anna May Miller
  • Charles Lutzow
  • Bob Miller
  • Karen Lukasik
  • Andrew Gasser

Stay tuned for the next article that will disclose at least one name that, based on the paper trail we have, violated the Protective Order.

You can view the order and transcript through the links above or view below.



June 8 2017 transcript



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