Allegations against a handful of current and former Algonquin Township officials would be better handled in civil court, a state’s attorney said Wednesday.
McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally sent a letter informing Edgar County Watchdogs’ Kirk Allen and Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lukasik that his office declined to petition for a special prosecutor to address allegations the two have made.
Kenneally wrote that Allen had made allegations regarding former Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Bob Miller; Miller’s wife and former secretary, Anna May Miller; Douglas Helman; and Andrew Rosencrans. Lukasik made allegations against Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser, Algonquin Township Supervisor Charles Lutzow and Ryan Provenzano, who briefly worked under Lutzow as chief of staff before he was fired.
Lukasik had made allegations against Gasser, Lutzow and Provenzano tied to an incident where she claims she was spied on via a hidden camera in the township building. Lukasik in June 2017 was seen on a Nest security camera going through documents in Lutzow’s office.
Lukasik has said she did nothing wrong but should have been made aware of the camera. She couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.
Gasser alleged in a June 1 court filing that Lukasik was out to destroy township records, including receipts that he said show Bob Miller used public funds to buy handbags, women’s clothing and other personal items.
Lutzow said Wednesday there was no malicious intent in regard to the camera situation and he wanted to move on from the chaos that has surrounded the township over the past several years.
“All I want to do is run the place efficiently,” he said. “I hope everything is put behind us.”
Donation-driven Edgar County Watchdogs recently filed a civil complaint against the township, alleging officials didn’t comply with Freedom of Information Act requests.
The Watchdogs have written about Bob Miller’s conduct while in office related to time card keeping and extra pay, plus an allegation that he ran a private association on township property.
The group also alleged the Algonquin Township Road District spiked Helman’s pay before his retirement and wrote that there were problems with Rosencrans’ time card and vacation day payouts.
It isn’t clear which of Allen’s allegations Kenneally references in his Wednesday letter. Neither Kenneally nor Bob Miller could be reached for comment Wednesday.
The state’s attorney’s office investigated the various allegations because both the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois State Police declined to do an investigation.
“It was our intention to have the Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor determine whether criminal charges were warranted and if so, handle any subsequent prosecution,” Kenneally wrote in Wednesday’s letter.
The appellate prosecutor has declined to act as a special prosecutor for the matters, citing lack of personnel and resources, Kenneally said.
His office won’t file a petition for a special prosecutor because there isn’t enough evidence to support criminal charges, Kenneally said.
“We believe further that these allegations raise issues most appropriately resolved in civil court,” Kenneally wrote.