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Anita Alvarez and the Relentless Pursuit of a Whistleblower

Chicago Daily Observer 12 December 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 largest placement agencies, as a temp at SALF running computers for the foundation, whose charter was to provide first aid training for schoolchildren. After six months at SALF, Melongo moved on in mid-2006.


A few months later, she was arrested for allegedly destroying SALF’s computers. The prosecution, spearheaded by Cook County State’s Attorney, Anita Alvarez, received considerable assistance from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office. Madigan’s office recently confirmed that an investigation into SALF is underway.


The dubious case against Melongo has been dragging on for years. Why dubious? Well, according tothis November 2006 “ABC I-Team” expose, SALF’s historical relationship with the truth was…well, dubious.

Alvarez has now appealed the case against Melongo to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Doesn’t Anita Alvarez have anything better to do?

image Rep. Schakowsky in holiday attire

One Comment »

  • Lee Cary said:

    In the meantime, the IL AG’s Office has been (allegedly) investigating the Save-A-Life Foundation for well over a year for failing to report $853,709 in federal and grant (IL) monies on their required, annual Form 990 submited to the AG’s Office of Charitable Trusts, and to the US Federal Government. (Of course, there’s really no “investigation” underway.)

    But, hey, what’s a few hundred thousand in the greater scheme of Chicagoland corruption?

    An enterprising attorney in Chicago, not beholden to the machine (is there one?) should take Melongo’s case, pro bono, and sue Crook County for wrongful imprisonment on the initial trumped-up charge. The easedropping incident came later, as a consequence.

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