McHENRY TOWNSHIP – McHenry Township Trustee Bob Anderson has found nails scattered on his property for the second time.
Anderson, elected in April as a trustee, reported that he recently found nearly 40 U-shaped nails behind his car tires Oct. 20 at his house in Wonder Lake. He had made a similar complaint in April after finding nails in the parking lot of his Wonder Lake barber shop.
Anderson said he believes the nail littering is a politically motivated threat.
“When it goes to your home, it’s very personal,” he said. “They want to make life miserable and damage your business. In this situation, where they’re put behind your car, it’s to give you flat tires and cause expenses.”
Anderson said that he thought the act might have been provoked by several topics brought up in recent township meetings, such as the desire to consolidate the McHenry Township Road District with the township, a proposal to stop paying dues to the Township Officials of Illinois group and a potential move to decrease salaries for elected officials in 2021.
“I have lived in Wonder Lake since 1947,” Anderson said. “This has never happened until I became trustee. Somehow, it’s related.”
Anderson has been the political face of a movement to either consolidate or eliminate townships in Illinois, a state that has almost 7,000 units of local government, including 1,431 townships.
In 1994, Anderson led an unsuccessful referendum to eliminate the county’s townships. A referendum eliminating McHenry Township failed as well. In recent McHenry Township meetings, the board has discussed consolidating McHenry Township with Greenwood Township, records show.
Police are investigating the latest incident, and they do not know who is behind it, according to a Wonder Lake police report.