Algonquin Township Board

The Township trustees are responsible for certifying tax levies for the township and for the road district. The Highway Commissioner determines the amount of the road district levy.

The Board is also responsible for adopting the annual budget and appropriation ordinance for the Town, General Assistance, and the Road and Bridge funds. The Trustees approve all town expenses and audit bills submitted for payment by the Highway Commissioner. The Trustees are elected every four years.

Dan SheaMy name is Dan Shea and I have served as an Algonquin Township Trustee since 2010 and have lived in Fox River Grove since 1956. I am retired from American Can Company Research Center after 25 years of service from 1962 to 1987. I have extensive community service and involvement.   I am a 15 year veteran of the Fox River Grove Police Department from 1964 to 1979 and was the Village President of Fox River Grove from 1983 to 1993. I was a member of the Northern Illinois Planning Commission from 1989 to 1993, serving as vice president for 2 years. I have served on the McHenry County Stormwater Management Committee from 1991 to 1996, being chairman for 3 years. I served on the McHenry County Board for 12 years from 1996 to 2008. During this time I chaired the Law & Justice Committee for 2 years and the Transportation Committee for 8 years.   My community service also includes involvement with the following programs: Fox Waterway Advisory Committee (19 years), Lakewood Resource Center Intervention Program (8 years), CMAP Board (Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning) (8 years), E.S.D.A. in Fox River Grove (3 years).   I am an active member of the Good Shepherd Hospital Auxiliary, the McHenry County Conservation Foundation and the McHenry County Historical Society. I served 2 years in the U.S. Army from 1963 to1964.

As a long time Cary resident, Melissa has served her community in many ways including five years of service with the Cary Education Foundation, where she currently is the Grant Chairperson.  She is also Vice President of the Cary Park Foundation Board and Vice President of the Cary Police Academy Alumni. Melissa is also participant of many local fundraising events which include PADS, Cary’s yearly National Night Out, various Briargate PTO events and has been the head coach for her daughter’s Cary Junior Trojans Poms team for two years.  Melissa successfully balances all of this volunteer activity with her role as a part time lecturer at the College of DuPage, mom of three, and wife of a local police officer.  Melissa is in this role to invest more deeply in the community and its future.  Her goals in office are to address the needs of the community while maintaining infrastructure.

As a taxpayer of unincorporated Algonquin Township and resident since 2004, I am honored to serve my local government on the Board of Trustees. My priorities are ensuring our tax dollars are levied and spent responsibly and ethically, while continuing to provide the high standard of services we have come to expect from our township government. I am currently the only elected board member to reside in unincorporated Algonquin Township.

I have served on various boards and been appointed roles in political, non-profit, home-owners association, animal-fostering, and addiction recovery organizations since 2007. When not volunteering, I spend my time raising my three children alongside my husband in our Cary-area home.

Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments or concerns at

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