In the interest of transparency…

Another Promise Kept – Transparency

I kept my promise to improve transparency on the McHenry County Board.

When you elected me to be your Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner we made a pact and I promised we would improve transparency at the Algonquin Township Highway Department.  I have a 100 percent track record of keeping my promises and transparency has always been high interest item.

If you remember when I was on the McHenry County Board we authored a simple transparency bill which passed overwhelmingly.  However, do you remember who voted AGAINST transparency and against this common sense bill?  Look here.  All of the county board members below voted against transparency.  Some of them are up for re-election.

  • Sue Draffkorn
  • Tina Hill
  • John Jung
  • Donald Kopsell
  • Robert Martens
  • Anna May Miller
  • Robert Nowak
  • Michael Smith

County Board Member Donald Kopsell and former Nunda Township Highway Commissioner voted AGAINST transparency.

Today Donald Kopsell was quoted in the Northwest Herald as saying the following:

“Andrew Gasser is the biggest mistake ever made in the state of Illinois,” Kopsell told the Northwest Herald. “He’s going to bankrupt [Algonquin Township] and put them out of business. He’s the perfect example of why people should get rid of townships.”

Is Kopsell now for abolishing townships?  Who is Kopsell kidding?  Kopsell is out of touch with reality just like so many politicians in Illinois.  How can anyone take Donald Kopsell seriously when he makes outlandish statements like this to the press?  Does Kopsell really believe that I am worse than any of the convicted convicts below?  How much damage did these convicts do to our state’s economy?  Can anyone with a shred of integrity really believe I have damaged Illinois more than Rod Blagojevich, George Ryan, or Dan Rostenkowski?

Am I as bad as Michael Madigan?  Michael Madigan has been in office longer than I have been alive… and I am 45 years old.  How in three and a half short years could I have authored more damaging legislation that Michael Madigan?

Donald Kopsell should never be taken seriously if he thinks Andrew Gasser is worse for Illinois than Michael Madigan.  Don Kopsell should resign from the McHenry County Board immediately – he is mentally unfit for duty.

Never in a billion years did I ever thing we would face such obstruction in local government; from so many different units of government.  I voted to cut taxes last year when the county board raised taxes.  Don Kopsell – you voted to raise taxes.  You didn’t vote for transparency Kopsell – what are you hiding?  How many family members did you hire Don at the Nunda Township Highway Department?  More on this at a time of my choosing.

We Are Improving Transparency in Algonquin Township Highway Department

I openly admit it has taken us longer to get this up and running.  I’m sorry.  I genuinely thought I would have the ability to audit my own records and publish them online – but I do not.  I only have access to the bills that come into my office and then they are turned over to the clerk, locked away.  In those bills from yesteryear are tickets to Disneyland, women’s clothing, and gift cards… none of which in my opinion serve a government purpose but you, the taxpayers, paid for them anyways.  You deserve to see those bills.

We have created a google drive that houses all of our bills.  The current plan is to update the bills throughout the month.  Please realize these bills are not audited by the board.  We are simply scanning, removing the account number, and saving them in a PDF format and allowing you the taxpayers to view them.  Please note you will not find charges to any local diners, Hooters, or the Chesapeake Seafood Company.

Here is the link to our google drive:

I realize we do not have May or June’s bills posted.  We simply do not have them scanned and they are already turned into the clerk’s office.  Moving forward we should have all of our bills online for your inspection.  We shall have our new website up before December 13th.  However, the verbiage will be tweaked some as me move along.  Please show us grace as we work to improve the Highway Department.  In the meantime feel free to look at our bills.

One More Thing

I am still waiting on the Northwest Herald to run that new story on our Algonquin Township Highway Department tax cut of five percent we passed last month.  Of course they won’t.  Instead the editors are more like the tabloid National Enquirer than a news organization and try to create stories to fit “Our View”.  I shall not “Stop It”.

I shall not stop trying to unearth what I believe to be unethical practices.  I shall not put my personal truck on the Algonquin Township Highway Department iPass account.  I shall not give salt that the taxpayer paid for to non-government agencies.  I shall not have Highway Department employees bag ice for private events.  I shall not sell township equipment to friends or family.  I shall not hire my family and pay them outrageous salaries.  I shall not ship alcohol to the Algonquin Township Highway Department.  I shall not use the Algonquin Township Credit Card for my personal use or gain.  I shall not have a soft drink dispenser at the township that dispenses alcohol.  I shall not habitually buy new equipment and then sell it at a loss to other municipalities for political support.

I shall not bend to political pressure.

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Service Before Self
Excellence in all We Do
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