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January 31, 2015 § Leave a comment

109 Promotional Hires Receive $1 Million
in Salary Bumps since 2010

IL ATTORNEY GENERAL LISA MADIGAN’S
“FRIENDS AND FAMILY” $1 MILLION
PATRONAGE PAY PROBLEM(S)
By Adam Andrzejewski | January 30, 2015
Please Read Our Forbes Editorial Here

ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL GIVES PAY RAISES
AS STATE GOES BROKE | Read article click here
By Kellan Howell | Washington Times
January 29, 2014

Illinois is broke unless you’re a friend of Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Since 2010, she’s doled out nearly $1 million in patronage salary spiking. Today, at Forbes, we layout the interesting details. Yesterday, our report was national news published in the Washington Times.

Click here to see a list of Madigan’s 109 exempt promotional salary hikes.

Click here to read our press release and media summary.

Here are some interesting details:
Madigan’s $1 million in patronage salary spiking dwarfs all other Illinois constitutional office holders since 2010.

Madigan has a part-time, “work from home,” Assistant Attorney General who was allowed to live two states away in Dearborn, MI. For five of the last 24 months, this employee never set foot in the office according to official time cards.

Madigan’s Public Access Counselor received the largest salary spike despite having pending “requests for review” over-due for 18 months to the noted good government group, Edgar County Watchdogs.
It’s not just Madigan’s exempt hires, but her “non-exempt” employees that have recently come under scrutiny. Ronald Yawger is an AG Special Investigator that pulls down nearly $200,000 by double dipping a Chicago Police pension and a spiked $119,000 salary from Lisa Madigan. Yawger was hired in 2008 by the Attorney General at a salary of $53,000 and has a questionable past.

Read my Forbes column today, “IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s ‘Friends and Family” $1 Million Patronage Pay Problem(s)”

Read: Attorney General’s PR response at the Washington Times

Stay tuned. At OpenTheBooks.com, we have more cool stuff coming soon: deeper data, hotter- faster search, and slick technologies.

The Golden Deal on the coat tails of the state of Illinois and the children of some of it’s constituents ?

January 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

“When I feel the heat, I see the light.”
U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen (IL)

Stand with us. Support Trustee Kathy Hamilton.
Stop This Mess.

Tonight, we need you at the College of DuPage (COD)
Board Special Board Meeting

Where and When:
College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn.
7 p.m. Wednesday in the Student Services Center
Room SSC-2200

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It’s about the money and corruption.
“Voluntary” retirement from government should not come with a $762,868.77 lump sum bonus. Read the summary of our oversight investigations. Our biggest stories – incredibly – have still yet to publish.

It’s about our military heroes.
Dr. Breuder’s name would go on the COD Homeland Security Building. A real hero, like Sgt. Robert Miller – a Medal of Honor Winner from Wheaton should be on the building. Sign the petition for Sgt. Miller.

Here’s what President Obama said about Sgt. Robert Miller.

Compare this to Dr. Breuder. Watch Dr. Robert Breuder’s interview where he states that he could never go into the military unless he went in as a Five Star General. Breuder said because he’s “born to lead.”

It’s about government acting in secret.
We sued them to enforce the Open Meetings Act. Read Chicago Tribune Jodi Cohen article here. The COD Board negotiated in secret for nine months, and voted without disclosure or recital of the terms. That’s a slap in the face to open government and transparency. Read Daily Herald Safiya Merchant article here.

Read the Chicago Tribune summary of the long history of COD secret actions.

It’s about the Republican establishment in DuPage County
This COD Board is a 4-3 nominal Republican majority. Only Vice Chairman Kathy Hamilton has strongly battled the corruption and is rightly lauded for her courage. Republican leadership could stop this mess. What are Republican leaders going to do?

Read Chris Robling’s challenge to Republicans – A Time For Cleansing – at Illinois Review this morning.

Winfield Republican Allison O’Donnell, the board secretary, is not running for re-election. If O’Donnell flips and votes no, then the two Democrats on the board – Nancy Svoboda and Kim Savage – have a choice… are they really going to face the voters in April after conferring this package?

It’s about you. You can’t complain if you don’t show up. Please speak up!

With enough citizens maximizing their right to a three minute public comment, we can stop this nonsense at College of DuPage. The vote is going to be close, and we need your support.

I’ll see you tonight. For The Good of Illinois.

ADAM ANDRZEJEWSKI
Founder & Chairman, For The Good of Illinois

PS. Here are the directions at College of DuPage Special Meeting at 7pm

“There are no easy conversations left in America-
it’s going to take hard work.”

“There is no ‘right’ way to vote for a wrong
$762,868.77 severance package.”
Kathy Hamilton, Vice-Chairman College of DuPage
500 plus citizens showed up
ABC, CBS, NBC, WGN TV nightly newscasts
Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, Suburban Life News, Naperville Sun wrote lead pieces
State Representatives Peter Breen and Jeanne Ives
Candidates for College of DuPage Board of Trustees- including Deanne Mazzochi, Frank Napolitano, Charles Bernstein, Claire Ball, Roger Kempa, Sandy Pihos, and Joseph Wozniak delivered public comments
Support for Medal of Honor Sgt. Robert Miller speaker- Bob Kaye
Band of Mothers founder, Beverly Perlson
Good Government Groups including Edgar County Watchdogs, Americans For Prosperity, DuPage United, IL State Tea Party, West Suburban Patriots, American Transparency, For The Good of Illinois and many others attended and spoke out
The College Of DuPage Faculty Association Glenn Hansen and Richard Jarman spoke
Attorneys representing many top-notch local and nationally branded law firms

Crowd Voices Dismay at College of DuPage Presidents Exit Deal
by Dick Johnson | NBC 5- Chicago
Watch the NBC broadcast report here

College of DuPage Trustees Approve Buyout,
Despite Community Outrage
By John Garcia | ABC News- Chicago
Watch the ABC broadcast report here

Over 75 regular people gave public comment for over three hours. Watch as I aggressively battled the legalities of this outrageous payment.

Our lawyers – Timothy Elliott, Charlie Philbrick, and Jordan Franklin – convinced Judge Bonnie Wheaton to force COD to open a large room to accommodate the 500 citizens. Read Chicago Tribune article

State Rep. Jack Franks (D- Marengo) threatened to withhold $1.25 million of state funding.

The pressure was intense on this college board… in fact, the board stood up (for the first time in three meetings) for the pledge of allegiance. The board blamed previous COD boards. Incredibly, Trustee Savage blamed the 500 citizens for not showing up– years earlier. Chairman Erin Birt repeatedly stated that she takes this stuff seriously. Really?

And then they rubber-stamped 6-1 the $762,868.77 severance package of the college President. Read Daily Herald recap story here.

The coalition united against this action was formidable and non-partisan. But, for many people in the audience, these were their supposed “friends” – a Republican majority board. The coalition feels sold out.

Last night, this board told the people that their voice doesn’t matter. In the April elections, three board seats are on the ballot. At the ballot box, the people must speak with their vote.

For The Good of Illinois.

ADAM ANDRZEJEWSKI
Founder & Chairman, For The Good of Illinois

The appearance of such sickness of malfeasance of systemic collateral abuse of children.

January 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

Legally Kidnapped
Concerns over holes in system dealing with BC’s most vulnerable
Attorney: Rape of Foster Girl Caused by Systematic Failure
Illegal adoption agency charged with child trafficking
Rise in social worker complaints
List of medical kidnappings happening now in America
Social worker, former Boy Scouts leader accused of making child porn
Barrett bill protects custodial rights of deployed service members
DHS sued for $950,000 after Troutdale foster dad, 32, has sex with foster child, 15
Police apologise to a father for inaccurate report that led to a visit by social services
Group home girls target of sexual assaults
Abuse fears for foster kids
The Voiceless in a Failing System
Why Human Traffickers Prey on Foster-Care Kids
Czechs fight for kids in Norway, but their own system bad
MANITOBA OUTLINES PLAN TO FIX CHILD-WELFARE SYSTEM AFTER MURDER OF FIVE-YEAR-OLD GIRL
CPS Placed Infant In Home Where She Drowned (Dallas, Texas)
Calls for investigation into social services wrongly removing vulnerable children
Students from two-parent families achieve a grade level higher than children of single parents
We have a huge pro-CPS Propaganda campaign taking off.
Institutional neglect changes kids’ brain structure
Federal government failing to protect children, report says
Concerns over holes in system dealing with BC’s most vulnerable
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 09:03 PM PST
Concerns over holes in system dealing with BC’s most vulnerable

There’s concern people dealing with the most vulnerable kids in our province don’t actually need any training to be a social worker in BC and the children’s watchdog calls that harmful.

Attorney: Rape of Foster Girl Caused by Systematic Failure
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 08:46 PM PST
Attorney: Rape of Foster Girl Caused by Systematic Failure

As a Philadelphia man accused of raping his 7-year-old foster daughter prepares for his trial, the girl’s lawyer is speaking out, claiming the placement agency put the girl in the home after the man was accused of inappropriately touching another child.
Illegal adoption agency charged with child trafficking
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 08:23 PM PST
Illegal adoption agency charged with child trafficking

An illegal child adoption agency which allegedly worked to convince migrant domestic workers to give up newborns in return for facilitating travel back home has been accused of child trafficking and forging birth certificates. Zeina Abdullah, the owner of a migrant domestic worker recruitment agency, and two licensed Lebanese doctors were accused three weeks ago of child trafficking after an investigative reality show reported the case of a migrant worker who agreed to give up her child to the network. – See more at: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2015/Jan-28/285558-illegal-adoption-agency-charged-with-child-trafficking.ashx#sthash.D4Hgp87P.dpuf

Rise in social worker complaints
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 07:41 PM PST
Rise in social worker complaints

There’s been a slight increase in the number of formal complaints against registered social workers.

List of medical kidnappings happening now in America
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 06:50 PM PST
List of medical kidnappings happening now in America

Where has America gone? President Obama is about to give a State of the Union address this evening, but the real state of the Union is that under Presidents Bush and Obama, America has descended into a runaway police state where citizens are considered “subjects” who must kow-tow to corporate-sponsored agendas or face the wrath of the state.

Social worker, former Boy Scouts leader accused of making child porn
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 06:03 PM PST
Social worker, former Boy Scouts leader accused of making child porn

A man who has worked in two roles with small children was arrested and charged with child pornography charges.
Barrett bill protects custodial rights of deployed service members
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 05:45 PM PST
Barrett bill protects custodial rights of deployed service members

State Rep. Tom Barrett today introduced legislation to protect the child-custody rights of servicemen and women who are deployed.

DHS sued for $950,000 after Troutdale foster dad, 32, has sex with foster child, 15
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 05:35 PM PST
DHS sued for $950,000 after Troutdale foster dad, 32, has sex with foster child, 15

A 15-year-old girl whose 32-year-old Troutdale foster dad repeatedly had sex with her has filed a $950,000 lawsuit against him and the Oregon Department of Human Services.

Police apologise to a father for inaccurate report that led to a visit by social services
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 02:55 PM PST
Police apologise to a father for inaccurate report that led to a visit by social services

SUSSEX Police have apologised to a father over an inaccurate report that was used in justifying a visit from social services over the welfare of his three-year-old daughter.

Group home girls target of sexual assaults
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 02:39 PM PST
Group home girls target of sexual assaults

Young girls in a group home apparently have been the recent target of sexual assaults by males in an area known for drug activity.

Abuse fears for foster kids
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 02:35 PM PST
Abuse fears for foster kids

NEARLY half of Australia’s foster children have changed families at least three times, and hundreds have been abused in care.

The Voiceless in a Failing System
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 02:33 PM PST
The Voiceless in a Failing System

Imagine a teenager — let’s say she’s a 13 years old with purple, butterfly hairpins — who lacks a voice, a family and even a home. Now, stop imagining, because she’s real and probably lives within 100 miles of you. I see her often in my line of work. The truth is, she exists all over our country, yet many of us remain unaware. We remain unaware of all of the young boys and girls who lack a voice, a family and/or a home because they remain in a system that leaves them powerless.

Why Human Traffickers Prey on Foster-Care Kids
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 02:30 PM PST
Why Human Traffickers Prey on Foster-Care Kids

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. When you hear the word trafficking you might immediately think of young children in third world countries who are forced to be soldiers or sold to brothels or pimps for sex with wealthy Westerners. However, trafficking is not just an international problem but is rooted on our soil. Right here in the U.S., and particularly in large cities such as New York, some of our most vulnerable children, foster children, are victims.

Czechs fight for kids in Norway, but their own system bad
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 02:07 PM PST
Czechs fight for kids in Norway, but their own system bad

Prague seems to be dutiful protector of Czech children, fighting for the rights of a Czech mother whose sons were taken from her in Norway, but children are taken from families in the Czech Republic far more often than in other European countries, weekly Respekt writes in its issue out Monday.

MANITOBA OUTLINES PLAN TO FIX CHILD-WELFARE SYSTEM AFTER MURDER OF FIVE-YEAR-OLD GIRL
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 12:55 PM PST
MANITOBA OUTLINES PLAN TO FIX CHILD-WELFARE SYSTEM AFTER MURDER OF FIVE-YEAR-OLD GIRL

The province hopes to prevent another tragedy like the murder of Phoenix Sinclair, 5, at the hands of her mother and stepfather by providing families more financial support so kids don’t end up in the child-welfare system.
CPS Placed Infant In Home Where She Drowned (Dallas, Texas)
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 12:41 PM PST
CPS Placed Infant In Home Where She Drowned (Dallas, Texas)

Police confirmed that a 14-year-old relative intentionally drowned a 2-month-old child found dead Monday morning inside a South Dallas apartment. Child Protective Services had placed the infant in the home where she was killed.

Calls for investigation into social services wrongly removing vulnerable children
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 12:35 PM PST
Calls for investigation into social services wrongly removing vulnerable children

MPs and foster carers have called for an investigation into claims a social services department wrongly removed vulnerable children.
Students from two-parent families achieve a grade level higher than children of single parents
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 11:17 AM PST
Students from two-parent families achieve a grade level higher than children of single parents

Ludger Woessmann, a professor of economics at the University of Munich and director of the Ifo Center for the Economics of Education, looked at data from the Programme for International Student Assessment to determine how the United States compares to other countries in achievement of children of single parents. He writes about his findings in a new article for Education Next.

We have a huge pro-CPS Propaganda campaign taking off.
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 10:09 AM PST
Shame on the Associated Press for producing propaganda like this.

Failings by All Three Branches of Our Federal Government Leave Abused and Neglected Children Vulnerable to Further Harm

Institutional neglect changes kids’ brain structure
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 09:01 AM PST
Institutional neglect changes kids’ brain structure

Kids who were raised in a Romanian institution for abandoned children have smaller heads, smaller brains, and different white matter structure than similar kids who were moved into high-quality foster care at an early age.
Federal government failing to protect children, report says
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 07:22 AM PST
Federal government failing to protect children, report says

The federal government’s failure to enforce the nation’s child protection laws is a “national disgrace” that leaves abused children vulnerable to future harm, according to a three-year study by two child advocacy groups.

Leagally Kiddnapped

January 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

Legally Kidnapped
EDITORIAL: County’s child welfare response falls flat
Foster children more likely to be abused than adopted, new report reveals
National Children’s Commissioner ‘very concerned’ by figures showing hundreds of kids in foster care abused
Mother accused of taking children to South Dakota reservation
Phoenix Sinclair inquiry prompts Manitoba to keep kids out of CFS care
Stepson of murder suspect fights to get sisters back from CPS
State investigates CPS placement of Dallas baby who was drowned
Lawmakers grill new CYFD chief on unspent funds for child welfare
EDITORIAL: County’s child welfare response falls flat
Posted: 28 Jan 2015 09:23 AM PST
EDITORIAL: County’s child welfare response falls flat

A sure sign that government lacks accountability: When public officials use taxpayer resources to shoot the messengers of news they don’t want to hear.

Foster children more likely to be abused than adopted, new report reveals
Posted: 28 Jan 2015 08:57 AM PST
Foster children more likely to be abused than adopted, new report reveals

The full extent of the abuse faced by children in care is laid bare, with figures showing 365 foster children were reportedly abused last financial year by someone living in the home they were fostered to, according to the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services.

National Children’s Commissioner ‘very concerned’ by figures showing hundreds of kids in foster care abused
Posted: 28 Jan 2015 08:47 AM PST
National Children’s Commissioner ‘very concerned’ by figures showing hundreds of kids in foster care abused

Several hundred children in foster care were abused in the last year, new figures have revealed, prompting deep concern from National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell.

Mother accused of taking children to South Dakota reservation
Posted: 28 Jan 2015 08:12 AM PST
Mother accused of taking children to South Dakota reservation

Wednesday is Cheyienna Nygaard’s second birthday and she hasn’t seen her father, Aarin Nygaard, for five months.
Phoenix Sinclair inquiry prompts Manitoba to keep kids out of CFS care
Posted: 28 Jan 2015 07:43 AM PST
Phoenix Sinclair inquiry prompts Manitoba to keep kids out of CFS care

The Manitoba government is pledging to overhaul the province’s child welfare system to keep more children, including aboriginal children, with their families and home communities rather than taking them into foster care.

Stepson of murder suspect fights to get sisters back from CPS
Posted: 28 Jan 2015 07:39 AM PST
Stepson of murder suspect fights to get sisters back from CPS

After months of caring for his little sisters, a 22-year-old Mesa man said Child Protective Services has taken the girls without a warning or an explanation.

State investigates CPS placement of Dallas baby who was drowned
Posted: 28 Jan 2015 07:32 AM PST
State investigates CPS placement of Dallas baby who was drowned

The state will investigate whether Child Protective Services mishandled the placement of a Dallas baby who was drowned this week, allegedly by the teenage daughter of her caregiver.

Lawmakers grill new CYFD chief on unspent funds for child welfare
Posted: 28 Jan 2015 07:26 AM PST
Lawmakers grill new CYFD chief on unspent funds for child welfare

Gov. Susana Martinez’s choice to head the department that oversees child welfare outlined her plans Tuesday to better protect endangered children during her first legislative hearing before the Senate Finance Committee.

Illinois has lost over 1.4 Million Residents and growing?

January 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

Illinois has lost nearly 1.4 million residents on net over the last 20 years. This out-migration crisis comes with an estimated cost to government of nearly $8 billion annually.

Two data sets paint a picture of how this out-migration crisis is breaking state and local budgets.

The first comes from the Internal Revenue Service, which compiles taxpayer filings that show when taxpayers move from one state to another, and how much income they take with them when they leave. The IRS data put a firm number on the net loss of wealth and talent from Illinois.

In every year from 1995-2010, Illinois lost more taxpayers and adjusted gross income, or AGI, than it gained. In addition, the average taxpayer who left Illinois earned about $8,700 more per year than the average taxpayer who entered Illinois.

Illinois’ net loss of $35.3 billion in annual adjusted gross income from 1995-2010 resulted in a budget-busting loss of $5.9 billion in annual tax revenue for state and local governments. Over the 16 years from 1995-2010, the cumulative loss of tax revenue was nearly $52 billion dollars. This tax revenue loss is divided approximately equally between the state and local levels.

The IRS has since delayed releasing additional data in a move that smells like politics. In general, the migratory data show red states as destination states and blue states, such as Illinois, New York and California, as major exporters of wealth and talent.

However, using a second set of relevant data, which comes from the U.S. Census Bureau and is largely based on IRS data, one can estimate how out-migration since 2010 has affected Illinois budgets. Census data use IRS migration information as an input, and also include broader measures that capture migrants who don’t pay taxes, such as students.

On average, IRS out-migration numbers are 81 percent of the broader census measurement. Under that assumption, Illinois lost nearly 250,000 taxpayers plus dependents from 2011-2014.

The estimated loss of AGI and tax revenue from 2011-2014 is $10.3 billion in annual income, along with $1.7 billion in state and local tax revenues.

Over the last 20 years, Illinois has lost 1.36 million people to other states on net, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That is equivalent to 1.1 million IRS taxpayers plus dependents, and $45.6 billion in annual AGI.

Due to the last 20 years of flight, the annual tax-revenue loss to state and local governments is a stunning $7.6 billion.

Any long-term fix to Illinois’ budget crisis must address the state’s out-migration crisis. In order to have sustainable budgets, Illinois needs a plan to stop chasing taxpayers away. Given that the No. 1 reason people leave Illinois is for job and business opportunities, a sustainable plan for moving forward must include economic reforms that foster entrepreneurs, encourage business and manufacturing expansion, and allow for local solutions.

Michael Lucci
Director of Jobs and Growth

Is sex apart of the job being a Judge in family court does this get them more TITLE I-V monies?

January 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Washington — The Supreme Court has put an end to a civil lawsuit against a former Detroit judge who had an affair with a woman while he presided over her bid for child support.

The justices offered no comment Monday in leaving in place lower court rulings in favor of former Wayne County judge Wade McCree.

The defendant in the child support case sued McCree for violating his civil rights. But the courts dismissed the suit because judges are immune from lawsuits stemming from their judicial actions.

The Michigan Supreme Court removed McCree from office after he admitted to the affair.

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