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[20 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]

From Miller Shakman & Beem LLP
In a ruling that protects citizen’s ability to gather and disseminate information about governmental activity, the Illinois Supreme Court held today that the state’s Eavesdropping Statute is unconstitutional. In two unanimous decisions, People v. Melongo and People v. Clark, the Supreme Court held that the controversial statute violated the free speech and due process protections of the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions.

 
 
 
The Illinois Eavesdropping Statute was enacted to protect private conversations from being recorded without consent. But the Supreme Court held that the statute, as written, …

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[12 Jan 2014 | One Comment | ]

Attention Dick Durbin and Jan Schakowsky one of your favorite Charities is in some hot water
Arguments in a case that could further invalidate Illinois’ eavesdropping law are scheduled Tuesday before the state Supreme Court in Chicago.

The case is an appeal by the state of a lower court ruling dismissing charges against a woman who recorded, without prior consent, phone conversations with a public official who was performing public duties.
There were several court cases in 2012 involving the eavesdropping act that made it illegal to make audio or visual recordings of …

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[7 Jul 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

From The Sidebar (H/T Steve Bartin)
In e-mails last year, US Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin’s press secretary Christina Mulka provided a variety of false information about her boss’s relationship with the Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF), the embattled Chicago-area nonprofit under investigation by the Illinois Attorney General and apparently by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Perhaps most seriously, she failed to disclose a 1999 request by Sen. Durbin for a $1 million appropriation to SALF, funding that went through the following year.
From Senator Durbin’s Press Secretary
Senator Durbin’s involvement was limited to …

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[20 Sep 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

A voice from inside Chicago’s Cook County Jail claims that the Save A Life Foundation (SALF) story implicates both Democrat and Republican pols in Illinois.

The American Thinker reported last July 26 that the now-defunct Chicago suburb-based “charity” failed to report to the Illinois Attorney General’s office over $850,000 in grants received from Illinois and U.S. federal agencies. Earlier that month, I suggested elsewhere that a former SALF employee is jailed in Cook County for what she knows more than for what she’s alleged to have done.
Former SALF employee-turned-whistleblower Annabel Melongo …

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[29 Dec 2008 | One Comment | ]

Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer, Arne Duncan, received his second sponsorship award from the Save A Life Foundation (SALF). The award is but a small token in recognition of Duncan’s faithful support over the years and modest display of SALF’s deep appreciation of Mr. Duncan’s commitment to saving lives.
Duncan was moved by SALF’s efforts to train 67,000 schoolchildren under his command stating, “I really appreciate the skills SALF is teaching the students Of Chicago.” Duncan holds SALF’s Founder and CEO, Carol Spizzirri in the highest regard,

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[30 Jul 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

SCOOP: Annabel Melongo found NOT GUILTY in Save-A-Life Foundation computer tampering case
 

 
 
From an e-mail I just received from Annabel Melongo’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean (slightly edited for clarity):
Today Cook County Judge Joseph Joyce entered a directed finding in favor of Annabel. After 8 years, the State’s case came down to a single allegation that Annabel accessed Carol Spizzirri’s email and forwarded and email to herself. And they couldn’t even prove that. It Is a text book example of the State failing to exercise its discretion and adhere to its duty to …

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[10 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

From at The Blaze
A long-delayed computer tampering trial could dredge up the connections two of President Barack Obama’s top political allies (ed. Sen Durbin and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan) have to a now-defunct Chicago nonprofit investigated for potential fraud.

 
Save-a-Life’s stated mission was to provide first aid training to Chicago Public Schools students and personnel, but the organization allegedly did not follow through on administering the training it received the grants for.
“The public corruption unit of Cook County should be doing its job, not going after whistleblowers and scapegoats,” Bonjean said.
Illinois …

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[20 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]

Flashback, regarding today’s Illinois Supreme Court Decision
From The Sidebar (H/T Steve Bartin)
In e-mails last year, US Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin’s press secretary Christina Mulka provided a variety of false information about her boss’s relationship with the Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF), the embattled Chicago-area nonprofit under investigation by the Illinois Attorney General and apparently by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 
Perhaps most seriously, she failed to disclose a 1999 request by Sen. Durbin for a $1 million appropriation to SALF, funding that went through the following year.
From Senator Durbin’s Press Secretary
Senator Durbin’s involvement was limited to …

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[18 Mar 2014 | One Comment | ]

This may be something for Dick Durbin and Jan Schakowsky to look at, as they both were involved with this “charity”
From Peter Heimlich
 
The (IL) Supreme Court anticipates that  opinions will be filed in the cases listed below at 9:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 20, 2014. 
…No. 114852 – People State of Illinois, appellant, v. Annabel Melongo, appellee. Appeal, Circuit  Court (Cook County).
Case background via:
1/11/14 Springfield State Journal-Register report by Chris Dettro: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140111/NEWS/140119861?template=printart
1/14/14 Courthouse News report by Jack Bouboushian: http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/01/14/64526.htm
More via my blog: http://www.the-sidebar.com/2014/01/video-of-yesterdays-oral-arguments.html
Compilation of media reports about Melongo case and the related SALF scandal via …

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[6 Jan 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

From the Rock River Times
The Annabel Melongo saga continues in the Illinois Supreme Court Tuesday, Jan. 14, marking the eighth year the case has been tied up in litigation.
Melongo is the former Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF) employee who was arrested for computer tampering in 2006. She was arrested based on by allegations by former SALF founder, Carol Spizzirri.

 
 
 
Spizzirri alleged that Melongo unlawfully obtained hundreds of computer files–namely those surrounding the now-defunct foundation’s alleged ties to political power plays and deceptive funding schemes.
Melongo was also indicted for eavesdropping, as a grand jury …