McHenry County (ECWd) -
Algonquin Township is named as Defendant in four more lawsuits filed since July 26, 2019 in McHenry County Circuit Court.
Think how simple and inexpensive it would be if Algonquin Township simply complied with the law. What a concept - follow the law; avoid lawsuits...
First, an Open Meetings Act lawsuit, case no 19CH437. Kirk Allen and the ECWd are Plaintiffs.
It is alleged:
- that the township discussed items in closed session which should have been discussed in open session, on January 19, 2018
- the township failed to comply with the OMA when they refused to "fully cooperate" with the Illinois Attorney General's Public Access Counselor when it requested certain information from the township concerning a request for review filed on the same meeting, and township attorney James Kelly refused to provide it.
This suit seeks to enjoin the township from refusing to comply with the OMA, an order that all minutes and recordings of topics improperly discussed in this closed session be disclosed, and payment of attorney fees and costs.
Next, three separate FOIA lawsuits were filed against the township for their alleged violations of the Act. Those suits are case numbers 19CH459, 19CH460, and 19CH461. Kirk Allen is Plaintiff.
OMA lawsuit below (the FOIA suits will be provided when we obtain file-stamped copies):