Racheal Lawrence

McHenry Co. (ECWd)- "My charge is clear and that is to bring this matter to a conclusion to staunch the bleeding of attorney's fees from the public treasury." That was the statement from Township attorney John Nelson, in a letter sent to all the attorneys involved in...

Algonquin Township (ECWd) - Yesterday in McHenry County Circuit Court, our Motion to Reconsider a previous Order denying (and then Staying production) a Motion to Quash a subpoena from Algonquin township for our DropBox files, including names of anyone who ever had access to them was...

ALGONQUIN TOWNSHIP (ECWd) - The Illinois Attorney General's Public Access Counselor ("PAC") issued a determination letter stating that Algonquin Township violated the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") when they denied my March 21, 2019, FOIA request for certain records of the township. James Kelly, Algonquin Township Attorney,...

McHenry Co. (ECWd) - Algonquin Township Supervisor Chuck Lutzow has been entangled in an alleged breach of fiduciary duty and constructive fraud case as the treasure for the Township Road District funds. We covered the initial filing of that court case in this article. The lawsuit was...

McHenry Co. (ECWd) - We reported on the criminal complaint of intimidation and extortion filed by former Trustee Melissa Victor and current Trustee Rachael Lawrence in this article on May 23, 2019.  In that article, we listed a series of questions that the public officials and...

McHenry Co. (ECWd) - Shortly after the last Township election, we read a story in the local paper about the Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lukasik being allegedly secretly videotaped at the Township.  Her allegations are what lead to some of our first FOIA request at the...

McHenry Co. (ECWd) - No, you honestly could not make this up if you tried. Karen Lukasik, the Algonquin Township Clerk filed a countersuit approximately two years ago that contained allegations that records were missing.  As the case moved forward and she was faced with her family...

McHenry Co. (ECWd) - WOW!  What more can you say to the clear chastising James Kelly recieved from Bob Miller's Attorney, Thomas Gooch III.  The communication should be of great interest to the board and the citizens. One note of interest is Bob Miller having direct communications...

McHenry Co. (ECWd) - All too often we see local governments get involved in what we call "feel good" programs, and it is those good feelings that are used as the justification for spending taxpayer funds on things that are not within their powers. We wrote about...

Algonquin Twp (ECWd) - Algonquin Township Board of Trustees has scheduled another special meeting for Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 2 p.m. Items on the agenda for action include: appointment of Temporary Deputy Supervisor, and, discussion/action on proposed settlement agreement of litigation including, but not limited to...