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Documents reported missing from Algonquin Township building

Algonquin Township clerk Karen Lukasik is pictured here at a past Algonquin Township meeting.
Algonquin Township clerk Karen Lukasik is pictured here at a past Algonquin Township meeting.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about public documents that went missing from the Algonquin Township building in August, according to a police report obtained by the Northwest Herald.

The report, obtained Thursday through a Freedom of Information Act request states that a McHenry County sheriff’s deputy was called at 4:16 p.m. Aug. 23 by Algonquin Township clerk Karen Lukasik and her assistant, Dina Frigo, in reference to the documents. The deputy wrote that he was advised that Lukasik and Frigo both were in charge of several documents located at the Algonquin Township building, to which only they have access.

The deputy responding to the call wrote that there were several numbered boxes that hold all of the documents for the building in Algonquin Township. In the report summary, Frigo said she discovered box No. 11 was missing Aug. 15.

Frigo told the Sheriff’s Office that Aug. 23 she noticed the index sheet for box No. 18 was upside down, opposite from how she had left it. And a couple of days before that, Aug. 21, the index sheet was not inside or outside of the box.

“It is to Dina’s knowledge that whoever took box No. 11 also moved the index sheet,” the police report said.

Lukasik said there are security cameras in place, but “to her knowledge” they have been tampered with, according to the report. Anyone at the Algonquin Township building could “theoretically” have access to the camera footage, Lukasik told police. The camera system in place in Algonquin Township only records for five-day periods, then resets to Day 1, Lukasik said.

The deputy wrote that there is no current surveillance footage showing who took the missing documents.

On July 14, a McHenry County circuit judge ordered Lukasik to have sole custody of Algonquin Township’s records. However, Lukasik said in the August police report that “she does not have sole access under the court order with a key FOB system overseen by the [township] supervisor’s office.”

Both Lukasik and Frigo said their main reason for calling the sheriff’s office was for documentation purposes. The documents belong to several clients, Lukasik told the deputy, and her fear is that one of them will accuse her in connection with the missing documents.

Lukasik told the Northwest Herald on Monday that she has not heard back from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office since she reported the public documents missing.

She declined to comment further.

“It would be improper for me to comment on something that is or should be under investigation,” she said.

Algonquin Township’s attorney James Kelly and Sandra Rogers, public information officer for the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, did not return multiple calls for comment.

Trustee Dave Chapman on Monday said he was not made aware of the missing documents. When asked about the documents, trustee Dan Shea said it would concern him if they are missing.

“I’m not sure why people are grabbing that stuff. ... Most of that stuff is kind of benign,” Shea said.

This is not the first time Lukasik has said records went missing.

Lukasik previously told the Northwest Herald that after she took office, a cluster of records – billing documents from April 2016 to April 2017 – went missing.

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