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Algonquin Township Trustee Rachael Lawrence resigns

Trustee Rachael Lawrence listens to public comment during an Algonquin Township Board meeting March 20 in Crystal Lake. Trustees on Wednesday voted to make a $107,000 payment to Compass Minerals for road salt that Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser is accused of purchasing without following Illinois bidding laws.
Trustee Rachael Lawrence listens to public comment during an Algonquin Township Board meeting March 20 in Crystal Lake. Trustees on Wednesday voted to make a $107,000 payment to Compass Minerals for road salt that Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser is accused of purchasing without following Illinois bidding laws.

Algonquin Township Trustee Rachael Lawrence submitted her resignation from the board effective Thursday citing private and ongoing health concerns, according to her resignation letter, which was submitted at
4 p.m. Thursday.

Lawrence wrote that she is unable to dedicate the time and effort Algonquin Township residents deserve from elected board members.

“It is my honor to have served alongside some of the most committed and perseverant public servants in McHenry County,” Lawrence said in her letter.

Lawrence told the Northwest Herald on Friday that she had considered stepping down for months.

“The township deserves someone that can perform at 100%,” Lawrence said. “Unfortunately, with the health issues I’m facing, I can’t.”

One issue Lawrence advocated for was the abolishment of the Algonquin Township Highway Department. However, the board has continued to vote down efforts to dissolve the district.

Trustee Dan Shea said he admired the amount of dedication and research Lawrence put into even the most pedestrian of issues, such as the creation of a township newsletter and the selection of copiers for the township.

Lawrence said all of the trustees have been wonderful to work with and said Elaine Ramesh – who was appointed to the board to replace Melissa Victor – has hit the ground running since joining the board.

Lawrence was elected to the board in 2017. Her term was set to expire in 2021.

Lawrence said her proudest accomplishment as a trustee was hosting more than 75 people at an opioid education forum in 2017 that was attended by the McHenry County State’s Attorney, McHenry County Coroner, members of the McHenry County Mental Health Board and others.

“Lives were saved because of that day,” Lawrence said.

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