To the Editor:
Are township elections contaminated with deception?
Many consider back-room township elections fraudulent, or the township way.
Let’s take a look at some of McHenry Township’s election history, starting with the late former McHenry Township Supervisor Albie Adams. Adams retired from township government May 1, 1998.
The 68-year-old Adams received a taxpayer-funded township government check, with benefits, for 33 years, 16 years as trustee and 17 years as supervisor. Adams retired mid-term to make sure the next supervisor would have a leg up as an incumbent for the next election cycle.
Within two weeks after Adam’s retirement, after a 10-minute meeting, long-time McHenry County Board Member Donna Schaefer was tabbed as Adams' replacement. Supervisor Schaefer continued as a county board member, receiving two taxpayer funded pay checks with benefits.
The present McHenry Township supervisor, Craig Adams, was a township trustee at this time and voted for Schaefer.
Former long time, and inefficient, McHenry Township Assessor Carol Perschke was a trustee for many years, waiting in the wings for her mid-term appointment as an incumbent assessor.
Former McHenry Township Clerk Marsha Nelson was a trustee when she received her appointment after Clerk Bruce Novak resigned four weeks after he was re-elected. Novak was a McHenry Township trustee for many years prior to becoming clerk.
The present McHenry Township supervisor, Craig Adams, received his mid-term appointment from Donna Schaefer and her hand-picked board of trustees. Adams was elected as trustee in 1998.
The present McHenry Township road commissioner, Jim Condon, received his mid-term appointment from former road commissioner Leon VanEvry. Condon was also a former trustee, being elected in 2007.
The township government election process is flawed with insider deception. This is the township way. End it! Support township dissolution. Time to get it done.