To the Editor:
While much is focused nationally and at the state level, our corrupt and dysfunctional politicians often get their start in local government. That’s a huge reason why McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally has an obligation to keep investigating the behavior of our local townships.
What has happened to ongoing investigations in Nunda, Grafton and Algonquin townships? In 2018, Kenneally’s office began looking into Nunda and Grafton townships’ uses of taxpayers’ money. Does this have anything to do with former Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Bob Miller charging neighboring townships “consulting fees” despite being under investigation himself?
There is a precedent to hold local government accountable. In the 1980s, the Dundee Township highway commissioner went to jail for misuse of taxpayer funds. Things have not gotten any better. If anything, they are worse, as we live in possibly the most corrupt and one of the most overtaxed states in the country.
We all have an obligation to demand better. The Northwest Herald has been on top of news in McHenry Township and Algonquin Township, but we need to be on top of all local governments. For example, the paper reported recently on McHenry Township eliminating its senior bus service. But Nunda Township made that same move years ago, affecting many who used the program, including me, all while hiring Miller and leading itself into investigation. Nunda Township does not work for us. It only wastes our tax dollars.
Our townships – which affect our property tax bill – need to be checked.
When nefarious behavior is left unchecked in local government, it moves to the state level. That’s why we now have FBI investigations looking at our House speaker. That’s why we have regressive gas taxes and potentially an income tax increase while the political class gets richer. That’s why we have the state we have. Let’s fix it from the ground up.