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Broke State Agency Paid for Attendance at Pelosi/Jackson Political Rally

For the Good of Illinois 25 June 2012 One Comment

 

Top Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) officials including the Chairman, General Counsel, Executive Director, Managing Directors, Managers and Supervisors, in some capacity, approved, planned, required, coordinated, and/or attended the Saturday Forum held at Rainbow PUSH National Headquarters, Chicago, IL on March 3, 2012. At this event, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi endorsed Jesse Jackson, Jr in a contested primary for Congress. Here’s the ISAC RSVP to Rainbow PUSH for 76 government employees attending political rally.

We estimate taxpayer cost of this political event at tens of thousands.
It’s taxpayer abuse, government waste and political corruption.


Read our Executive Summary.

Here are all 243 pages of official state emails- received from our Freedom of Information Act Request. Thanks to transparency, the emails reveal a non-accountable, unethical culture.

Some highlights:

On state time, five directors of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)required attendance for specific key employees; coordinated and planned with Rainbow/PUSH; RSVP’ed to PUSH for 76 state workers; and were each paid to attend the political rally.

Under intense management pressure, state workers traveled in from all corners of Illinois.One worker logged 594 round trip miles from Southern Illinois! In fact, 14 state workers traveled 4,734 round-trip miles and racked up thousands in hotel, per diem meals, and auto reimbursement- see chart here.

Who are these ISAC state workers? ISAC General Counsel Annie Pike describes her own team as a “shadowy group” and a “guerrilla group”.  ISAC Chief Marketing & Communications Officer John Samuels clarifies… “Alinsky radicals”.

Read the email chain here.

How troubled is this state agency?  According to Chicago Sun-Times, ISAC may need a $1.6 billion bailout for the mismanaged College Illinois!® Prepaid Tuition Program.  It’s only 69.8% funded and projected to run out of money in 11 years!

 

One Comment »

  • Jim Ridings said:

    Keep up the good work, Adam Andrezjewski and For The Good of Illinois.

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