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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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[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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[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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[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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[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 …

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[8 Aug 2013 | 2 Comments | ]

From The Sidebar
Two and a half years ago, the office of Health and Human Services Inspector General Dan Levinson instructed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate what happened to millions of tax dollars the agency awarded to a tainted Chicago nonprofit and the role of a career CDC employee who moonlighted as the group’s Corporate Treasurer.
As Sidebar readers know, the nonprofit was the Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF), a politically-connected, high-profile, now-defunct FEMA member organization that since November 2006 has been the subject of dozens of exposes and reportedly is under investigation by the Illinois …

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[28 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]

While he was a sitting U.S. Senator, Barack Obama attempted to steer $10 million in taxpayer money to a Chicago nonprofit under investigation for potential fraud, according to an email sent by the nonprofit’s then-director of operations.

Former Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF) director of operations Vincent Davis sent an email dated June 10, 2007 to Eric Brandmeyer, an official at an Illinois hospital trying to implement SALF’s controversial first-aid training programs at a local school district. Davis assured Brandmeyer that public funding for SALF would remain strong in the aftermath of a …

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[15 Feb 2013 | 3 Comments | ]

Here’s Bill Donohue from the Catholic League on Sen. Martin Sandoval
Senator Sandoval, a Catholic, voted in favor of gay marriage yesterday. Although that puts him at odds with the Church’s teachings, it is certainly something he is entitled to do. What he is not entitled to do is to mock the Catholic Church.
(A former Seminarian) Sandoval said he experienced alcoholism and homosexuality, and “even met men that were pedophiles.” But none were guilty of any wrongdoing. Indeed, it was through “no fault of their own” that they descended to such …

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[12 Dec 2012 | One Comment | ]

Annabel Melongo made the mistake of crossing Anita Alvarez in 2006, in a case that brought together a full rogues gallery of Chicago Politicians, including Jan Schakwosky and security specialist/State Senator, Donne Trotter

Some background

Former SALF employee-turned-whistleblower Annabel Melongo was jailed last April because she uploaded recordings of a couple of benign phone conversations to her website. She was charged with eavesdropping and assigned a $500,000 bond, later reduced to $300,000 — an unusually high bond for an eavesdropping charge.   
Before her troubles began, Melongo worked for Robert Half International, one of the world’s …