Neighboring officials berate bickering Algonquin Township board

Drama becomes center of community conversation

Lou Ann Majewski is ready to put every Algonquin Township official in a timeout.

“You ought to have a timeout room for a lot of you,” the former McHenry County Board member said at Algonquin Township’s meeting Monday night, where she was joined by several neighboring government officials to share their opinions about the infighting drama that has engulfed McHenry County’s most populous township.

“You have an ongoing vendetta against the highway commissioner,” Majewski said. “It is obvious. It is harassing. The [International Union of Operating Engineers] Local 150 suit is here because [former Highway Commissioner] Robert Miller brought Local 150 to Algonquin Township. The taxpayers didn’t bring them. Robert Miller brought them here. That’s why we have legal bills.” 

The retired Barrington Hills resident attacked the board for even considering the relocation of Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser. They both wore pink to Monday’s meeting.

“As far as moving the road commissioner’s office, that, again, is harassment,” Majewski said. “If you continue to do this, you’re going to be the reason why you’re abolished, and I hope it comes soon.”

Next to take the stand was her daughter, McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski.

“I think every official in the township should be ashamed of themselves for not wanting the truth to come out about what happened under the prior highway commissioner’s time period here,” Anne Majewski said, pointing to questions about Miller’s spending.

Anne Majewski later berated the county’s law enforcement officials.

“You should be trying to ask why didn’t [McHenry County Sheriff] Bill Prim investigate this. He’s a sworn officer. Why isn’t the state’s attorney doing more? Why aren’t people here addressing that?”

Anne Majewski supports Gasser.

“If it weren’t for him getting in this position, these far-fetched bills and practices would have never come to light,” she said. “So everyone who wants to sweep them under the table is, in my mind, not deserving of the public office that they hold.”

Algonquin Village Board member Jerry Glogowski spoke, too.

“It’s getting a little tiresome,” he said. “You don’t realize how many people out in Algonquin, Barrington Hills, Lake in the Hills, they scratch their heads, they shake their heads. They don’t comprehend why intelligent people can’t get along, all right? ... This is getting the township nowhere. You’re starting to become the laughingstock of all the townships.”

Algonquin Township trustees did not respond to the comments during their meeting Monday.

“Thank you,” Supervisor Charles Lutzow said.

Conversation about Algonquin Township meetings even have surfaced at other government meetings.

The township’s story popped up at the McHenry County Board’s recent committee meeting to discuss consolidating the size of the board.

“I live in Algonquin Township, and I’m not going to lie, if you want to talk about what people are talking about, that is what they’re talking about,” said Chris Christensen, R-Cary. “That is completely nuts at this point.”

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