On November 16, the McHenry County Circuit Court dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Algonquin Township Road District, in which the District sought to declare its collective bargaining agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 null and void.
Road District attorney Robert Hanlon argued that this particular agreement exceeded the authority of the Highway Commissioner, but the judge dismissed the case, saying that the Road District did not state a claim upon which relief could be granted. The court allowed the Road District 21 days to refile the action if it could present a meritorious challenge to the agreement. The next court date is currently scheduled for January 12, 2018.
“We are pleased with the judge’s dismissal of this lawsuit,” said Local 150 President-Business Manager James M. Sweeney. “It is our hope that the taxpayers in Algonquin Township will not have fund additional litigation on an argument that we believe was clearly refuted.”