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Algonquin utilities chief wins state award

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Gary Hallaert, right, 35, of McHenry, is presented with the Illinois Potable Water Supply Operators Association's award for operator of the year by Kevin Johnessee, the group's past president. Hallaert is Algonquin's utilities supervisor.

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Gary Hallaert, utilities supervisor for the village of Algonquin, was named Operator of the Year in the distribution category by the Illinois Potable Water Supply Operators Association. Most of the work he and his crews do is behind the scenes. "You put all the work in and what we do, people don't see unless there's a problem," he said.
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