More on gross human rights violations and a need to push to change these laws. Raif Badawi is hero!

How to make Raif Badawi a hero for free speech!

From: kenneth ditkowsky
Sent: Mar 28, 2015 6:45 AM
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On April 10, 2015 JoAnne Denison, a lawyer, who has edits a blog designed to expose corruption and in particular the corruption that has occurred in the Circuit Court of Cook County case of In re: Mary Sykes 09 P 4585, will appear at a hearing designed to suspend her license for speaking out in her blog.    It appears that Ms. Denison’s blog offends the clout heavy lawyers and jurists who have (reportedly without jurisdiction) reduced a two million dollar estate to virtually zero – tax free.    Mr. Jerome Larkin of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission has decreed that it is unethical for lawyers to expose judicial corruption.
Where is the American Bar Association and what, if anything, does it stand for?  
Saudi blogger Badawi views survival of 50 lashes as miracle – magazine
ReutersBy By Michael Nienaber | Reuters – 10 hours ago
By Michael Nienaber
BERLIN (Reuters) – Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi described in his first letter from prison how he “miraculously survived 50 lashes” as part of a conviction that sparked an international outcry, according to German weekly Der Spiegel in a report to be published on Saturday.
Badawi was arrested in 2012 for offences including insulting Islam, cyber crime and disobeying his father, which is a crime in Saudi Arabia. He was sentenced last year to 10 years in jail, a fine of 1 million riyals (US$266,000) and 1,000 lashes.
In his letter, Badawi recalled how he received the first round of lashes in January when he was surrounded by a cheering crowd that yelled “Allahu akbar”, according to Der Spiegel.
“All this cruel suffering happened to me only because I expressed my opinion,” Badawi was quoted as writing in what the magazine said was his first letter since being jailed.
“He’s in a poor condition,” the magazine quoted his wife Ensaf Haidar as saying, adding that her husband suffered from high blood pressure and that he was mentally very stressed.
Badawi’s letter is part of a book titled “1,000 Lashes: Why I Say What I Think” due to be published in Germany on April 1. Der Spiegel reported that the German government has warned against publication of the book because it could put the blogger’s life at risk.
A German diplomat told Reuters when asked about the report that Badawi was free to publish in Germany whatever he liked. But, she added, “The ministry cannot predict the consequences of such a publication for him.”
Publisher Siv Bublitz from Ullstein Buchverlage said in a statement on Friday that the company had “confidential contacts” with the German government regarding the Badawi book project.
“At no time we have felt that the exchange was an attempt by the foreign ministry to prevent our publication or to complicate it,” Bublitz said.
Human rights groups and several western governments have called on Riyadh to cancel the sentence of 1,000 lashes .
Earlier this month, Germany’s economy minister and vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said during a visit in Riyadh that he had discussed human rights issues in Saudi Arabia and suggested a pardon for Badawi.
(Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Toni Reinhold)
I hope the legal profession of the United States feels superior.    We of course are not.    Our distinction is that we are bigger hypocrites.    Right here in Chicago Attorney JoAnne Denison is being denied her Civil Rights by a venal Illinois political operative who was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to administer the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.     Attorney Denison, as a private citizen, publishes a blog that discloses the various felonies of elder cleansing.    
The American Bar Journal and other publications have reported the outrage that Ms. Denison is having to endure because she spoke out against blatant and open corruption as if such were common place in America.     The core values of America that have endured for over two centuries are treated by the legal profession as abstracts concepts to be mouthed but not enforced.    Congress passes laws to protect against gross abuses of Free Speech and petty bureaucrats (and lawyers) dream up excuses and rationalizations for ignoring them.    47 USCA 230 in particular was enacted to protect bloggers from governmental abuse.   18 USCA 242 and 18 USCA 371 were designed to make certain the every citizen was protected by government from corrupt public officials who zest for CYA and graft could not be controlled.
The stench is overwhelming!       How does a free society and in particular America tolerate the abuses that Administrator Jerome Larkin of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission has openly and notoriously committed?     How are his blatant assaults on the Bill of Rights (and in particular the First Amendment tolerated?)      How can we as a Nation hold our heads up high when we have so little respect for ourselves or our heritage?     Why are lawyer organizations such as the American Bar Association not hysterical that one of their own is being punished for ‘speaking out’ against organized corrupt practices that pollute the reputation, honor, and credibility of the legal profession?      
Right now, the silence of the American Bar to the outrage of American Lawyers being punished for speaking out against corruption and in particular elder cleansings forces the public to say unequivocally – the Second oldest profession has no courage of its convictions and stands for nothing!    SHAME!

Ken Ditkowsky

In Chicago, what does a nursing home do when it’s understaffed? Break out the chemical restraints.

Shamefully, in South Holland, this news story was recently reported:

Dorothy Byrd, age 98 died of an overdose of chemical restraints:

Paris said it’s his understanding the nurse used painkillers to sedate seven seniors at Holland Home. Six fell ill and were rushed to hospitals. Byrd died the next day. Rundin and Krynicki died about a month later. The other three residents who were hospitalized on February 3 have now recovered.

According to Paris, Byrd was taking hydrocodone for back pain, but not at the levels found in her body when she died, and she was not prescribed any morphine, which also was found in her system in toxic levels.

Finally someone is noticing that nursing homes chemically restrain residents as desired.

Finally, a coroner is doing tox screens on the elderly instead of saying “oh well, she was old, wasn’t she”.

From Ken Ditkowsky — what is the difference between Student Farkhunda and the ARDC..apparently not much

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Subject: IT IS AMAZING –

I was thumbing through the Sun-times and I ran across the following article, to wit:

Deadly blasphemy laws must be abolished

Posted: 03/26/2015, 02:37pm | Junaid M. Afeef
An Afghan university student on Thursday holds a poster to protest at the site where a mob beat to death a 27-year-old woman, Farkhunda, in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Blasphemy laws and equally repugnant apostasy laws, according to the Pew Research Center, are often but not exclusively found in Muslim majority countries.  These laws criminalize things like conversion from Islam, saying anything offensive about Islam, destroying or defacing the Quran, and drawing pictures of Prophet Muhammad.
In other words, these laws criminalize rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These laws must be abolished, and Muslim scholars must articulate a clear and unequivocal explanation that blasphemy and apostasy are matters best left between individuals and God.  Until that happens, more innocent people, like Farkhunda in Afghanistan, will be killed.
Last week, a mob of men stoned, beat, kicked and set on fire Farkhunda, a 27-year-old Afghan woman, after it was alleged that she burned the Quran.  This heinous murder happened in broad daylight, with throngs of onlookers, some of whom photographed the brutality. In the wake of the murder, the head of Afghanistan’s criminal investigation unit remarked that he was unable to find “one iota of evidence” that Farkhunda burned the Quran. That issue should be irrelevant. It’s a travesty that he needed to spend one iota of his time looking for such evidence; whether or not she burnt the Quran is irrelevant. This attack was unjustified and her attackers and killers must be brought to justice.

The people who took part in this young woman’s murder are vile, but until the archaic blasphemy and apostasy laws are stricken, and until the notion that in Islam blasphemy and apostasy are punishable by death is openly and clearly refuted, this will happen again. These laws are not the sole reason for these atrocities, but they play a significant role, and as such, abolishing them is merited.

Farkhunda’s killers may have thought they were defending Islam, but in reality, they are the ones desecrating it.  ….but the message and values the Quran conveys — that all human life is sacred, that charity and justice are paramount, that humans beings have free will, and that there is no compulsion in matters of faith — endure. If there is a blasphemy taking place, it is being perpetrated by those who kill innocent people in the name of religion.
Blasphemy and apostasy laws must be repealed.  …
Junaid M. Afeef is the Chicago-based founder of Common Good Advocates and a Political Partner at Truman National Security Project.  His views are his own.
The concept of political correctness is an assault on Free Speech and so many really good people get all excited when they hear a particular sound.   Of course at the extreme we have censorship.   Bureaucrats who are overpaid and under-educated except as to the use of ‘clout’ seek to prevent citizens (including lawyers) being critical of their favorite miscreants.   

Need an example – Mr. Amu found that he was in a wired case.   He complained.   He did not take it on the chin like a good sport – as a newly minted citizen he believed all the stuff they teach about the constitution.   (The judge did not even bother to deny the allegation).  However, on the scene comes our hero Jerome Larkin.   The idea of a man whose skin was not lily white being critical of a protected jurist was an abhorent!    Without a complaining witness or a denial from the judge Larkin ran to the Supreme Court of Illinois to get Mr. Amu’s license suspended.    This is Illinois!   The license was suspended and remains suspended – 

Need another example.   Ms. Denison is one of those computer people.   She has a ‘blog!’   On her blog she reported the Assault on the First Amendment. my cry for an Honest investigation, etc.    Our hero, Jerome Larkin, is out there again upholding the principles of the former Soviet Union, North Korea, the National Socialists, the Communists, religious fanaticists and his other heros – he is seeking a three year suspension for Ms. Denison.  

Of course – I used some forbidden words! One of them was the word Honest – I, and others, begged the ARDC to conduct an Honest and Thorough investigation and instead I got a four year suspension.

We do not have to worry about anyone else but us!   Jerome Larkin and his gang run a state agency and are paid with public entrusted funds!   Their cronies – i.e. the people that they act in concert with and aid and abet are even more privileged.   We feed them the elderly and the disabled!   Find an elderly person with a few dollars who is not at the top of his/her game and the parasites can quickly strip a million dollars in a matter of days.   Best of all – they have corrupt jurists OK the theft and escape taxes.   In the Sykes case a 3/4 million dollar property was sold with a court order for a little over 200,000.00 dollars!   A million dollars in gold coins disappeared.   NOT ONE DIME OF FEDERAL INCOME TAXES was reported.   The State of Illinois is bankrupt!   The Illinois Department of Revenue is not hurrying to collect any taxes!

ABC news action team-billing for guardianship thousands of dollars after the ward dies

ABC Action News I-Team: Guardian and Attorney Bill Thousands for Years After Ward Dies

excellent video at:

What is the first saying on this video?  “target, medicate, isolate, drain and eliminate”.  how is it that everyone knows the credo but the Illinois Atty Registration and Disciplinary Commission who targets myself and Mr. Ditkowsky for repeating the credo of criminal attorneys and judges (Sykes, Gore, Bedin, Wyman, Drabik, Richards, Frake, etc.)but the IARDC consistently denies any knowledge or responsibility.  Instead, it wants to shut down this blog and distance itself from conducting honest, thorough and complete investigations of the criminal elements defrauding the public, and worst of all, the senior citizens and disabled persons that are targets of these criminals.

When Florida says it is clamping down on bilking estates for tens of thousands of dollars, hundreds of thousands of dollars of court appointed guardians and attorneys, you know the house of cards just got in the way of a huge fan of truth, honesty and justice.

Mr. Larkin, you cannot hide, for Ms. Justice will hunt you down and take you to task. She is a b****.

I am in the process of filing my response to the ARDC’s Petition to Suspend me immediately.  If lawyers cannot step into probate and protect seniors and disableds from the “target, medicate, drain and eliminate” scheme which is now on national ABC news in Florida, then who will?

Is this what we want for our government, for our lawyers, for our judges.

The news says one thing, and the ARDC says another.  Now it is up to the Illinois Supreme Court and my question is, will the Illinois Supreme court give carte blanche to the cottage industry flourishing on the 18th floor in probate to “target, isolate, medicate, drain and eliminate”–a phrase now seen in mainstream media.

I, as far as I know, am the only pro bono or low cost lawyer on the 18th floor. We need a cadre of lawyers to fight all of this. I find it amazing that so many lawyers and judges think this system is okay, when many are elderly, and can face the same issues in just a few years.  On the east coast, we have a powerful lawyer and former judge whose $9 million estate is being drained by over a million a year in fees, his one daughter is a lawyer and one day a bank lawyer stepped in and wrested guardianship away from her and two daughters and 4 grandchildren were immediately isolated so the new attorneys (bank and former partner) could drain that estate by one million per year.

Who is letting this go one?  One person is Jerome Larkin.  Two state agencies are the Ill. Atty. Regn. and Disc. Comm. and the Office of Public Guardian.

Now we are seeing the credo in mainstream media.  We are now seeing, for the first time, actual cases in mainstream media.  The public is now interested.

It is not too late for Larkin and his state agency to reverse this tide.  Mr. Larkin, please go after the attorneys and judges that target, medicate, isolate, medicate and eliminate.  Please forgive Ditkowsky and myself for being the bearer of this news.  I know you were shocked. I was too.  I couldn’t believe in all my years as a lawyer this was going on right under my nose.  Honest attorneys were too terrified to speak out.  They were threatened (as were Ken Ditkowsky and myself) if they reported these crimes (quashing subpoenas for missing $1 million in Sykes, quashing discovery in Gore, Drabik, Richards, etc.) that their law licenses were in jeapordy (Judge Connors for myself, Atty Stern and Farenga for Ken Ditkowsky).  The threats were real.  But it is not too late to stop the nonsense and investigate–what Cynthia Farenga in a letter specifically asked you NOT to do in the Sykes case. Come on now, you see where the media is going).

Ken and I will not stop speaking out for those that cannot do so. And we are NOT heroes.  WE, unlike other attorneys are simply doing our jobs.  So what if other attys don’t do their jobs. Ken, Mr. Amu and myself, we do our jobs. We need no thanks for doing what we ought to do, what we were trained to do by 3 years of law school and the bar review and exam.

We are not special as lawyers, we are not extraordinary, we are doing what we were trained to do and then we took an oath to uphold the laws and the constitution of Illinois and of the United States.

This is not difficult.  This does not take a super power to do.  It only takes ordinary dedication, courage and belief in what this country was founded to be.


Posted: 23 Mar 2015 06:29 PM PDT

She’s been dead for over two years, but her state-appointed professional guardian has been billing her for thousands the entire time.
This is just the latest in a long line of disturbing issues surrounding Florida’s guardianship program.

Lynn and Alan Sayler were in Tallahassee last week, testifying  before a legislative committee calling for more reforms of the state guardianship program.

From Joanne:
The same was done to Alice Gore in Chicago area. Billed for years, thousands of dollars by the attorneys after the disabled senior is dead. The attorneys should return the money.  ABC news in Chicago should investigate.

A reprint of Ken Ditkowsky’s article on the PPJ–the word of Ditkowsky and Denison and Amu is going Viral

and cannot be stopped on the internet, which is free and open and democratic, despite the protests, the shameful conduct of attorneys and judges acting badly and trying to stop those that speak out against harm to the elderly and disabled!

Before we are distracted or otherwise side tracked in our struggle to defeat the corrupt and venal political and judicial officials who are conducting a war on the elderly and the disabled I want to thank every person who has joined he battle on the side of the elderly, disabled, and families thereof.   By persistence and by joining hands piece by piece the word is getting out and law enforcement is enforcing the law and protecting the Constitution.   Yes, the gains are small to date, but, a search of the internet has revealed that the word is getting out.
Mr. Jerome Larkin and his cronies may lack respect for the Bill of Rights and in particular the First Amendment but even the billions of dollars and mountains of clout they have cannot silence the internet and those who covet America’s core values.    On a lark I did an internet search of my own name and among the listing I found the following:

The Illinois Jihad

January 17, 2015
new-logo25Ken Ditkowsky
“There is no dispute the elder cleansing is wrong. There is no dispute that a ‘cover up’ of corruption by a public official (such as Larkin) is wrong. It is an axiom that any jurist that tolerates such wrongful conduct as elder cleansing, directly or indirectly is corrupt”
The concept that appears to be lacking in Illinois judicial circles is that any public office including that of a judicial official creates a public trust. Judges are elected to serve the public interest by resolving cases and controversy. The Administration of justice is a solemn responsibility and when perverted by corruption, including intellectual dishonesty, cannot be tolerated in a free society. Operation Greylord was the tip of the iceberg and the remnants today have surfaced not only in more overt corruption such as we are seeing in the Elder Cleansing cases arising in the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Illinois, but in the assaults on the Federal and Illinois Constitution by the nadir of the legal profession.
The deliberate misrepresentation of the rulings of the Supreme Court of the United States (such as the Sawyer[1] case) by the IARDC attorneys is a mere demonstration of the intellectual dishonesty that Mr. Larkin and his unprofessional hordes practice as they assault reason and the ‘Core Values’ of the republic in their prosecution and cover up of the serious felonies of elder cleansing.
The ultimate insult to America is when the ‘conscience of the legal profession’ (i.e. the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission cites as authority their decision in the Amu case as authority. One has to search long and hard to find such arrogance and perversion. Dred Scott was an embarrassment to modern lawyers as it fails to recognize the core value of America – i.e. Equal Protection of the Law for everyone regardless of race, color, creed, National origin, religion etc.
This concept is the lynch pin of America regardless of whether or not certain members of our society degraded themselves by attempting to enslave others. The rationalizations notwithstanding slavery in all its forms was and is wrong.
The commission lawyers (and the rubber stamp panel) in citing Amu degrade themselves by knowingly acknowledge that they approve of the racial nexus that the case reeks of! Mr. Amu was the clear victim of the racial bias of a public official (Jerome Larkin) who openly and notoriously acted to deprive Mr. Amu of his ‘equal protection of the law’ and his Right of Free Speech. Mr. Amu had every right to protest the actions of Judges who by their silence do not contest their corruption even if he has a deeper hue to his skin than the average citizen of Wilmette, Illinois. (Mr. Amu is of the Negro race and an immigrant from Africa) Practicing Law while Black is not a disciplinary offense[2] – but racial discrimination by judicial officials is a violation of the 14th Amendment, 42 USCA 1981, and 1983. It is also a violation of 18 USCA 242 and just about every canon of ethics that requires decency from a lawyer.)
The citing of the Amu case by the commission is an insult to every lawyer who has ever practice law in the United States of America. In fact the case itself is an abomination that should never have been brought.
The act of bring such as case as the Amu case is a per se breach of the public trust. It is sad, but the assault on the First Amendment by Mr. Larkin and the commission in attempting to silence individuals who happen to be attorneys who complained of corruption is quite common and appears to be an established policy of the Illinois Supreme Court. Allowing Larkin to engage in his assaults on the First Amendment is a breach of trust by the Court. This is fact whether the action by Larkin, the Court, or those he acts in concert with are just engaged in the commerce of providing a little extra non- budget compensation to certain favor jurists or ‘covering up’ and doing the commission’s bit to wage war on the elderly and the disabled.
What is also sad is that the major ‘cover up’ that Larkin is engaged in is protection of dishonest miscreants who prey on the elderly and the disabled. Larkin is aware that:
1. Federal law (Americans with Disabilities act) requires that public entities provide the disabled with a reasonable accommodation so that they can enjoy the privileges and immunities that all citizens enjoy. A reasonable accommodation is not ravaging their estates, isolating them from their prior lives or drugging them out of their minds so that they are easy prey and lucrative objects for guardians and other health care pirates.
2. Federal law (Americans with Disabilities act) prohibits 42 USCA 12203 retaliation against persons (including lawyers) who seek the enforcement of Federal Law, and Illinois law 320 ILCS 20/4 prohibits disciplinary proceedings.
3. The railroading of senior citizens and disabled people into guardianships for profit (such as was done in the Sykes case 09 P4585) is wrong.
4. Separating and isolating a senior or disabled person from family, friends, and prior life is wrong.
5. Misappropriating (by the use of the guardianship) the assets of another person is theft and wrong.
6. Depriving another individual of their liberty and/or human rights is wrong.
There is no dispute the elder cleansing is wrong. There is no dispute that a ‘cover up’ of corruption by a public official (such as Larkin) is wrong. It is an axiom that any jurist that tolerates such wrongful conduct as elder cleansing, directly or indirectly is corrupt. There is no case and controversy as to the wrongful actions concerning the guardianship of Alice Gore, Mary Sykes et al. They are examples of corruption and wrongful conduct. They are an example of numerous felonies being openly and notorious committed in Illinois and unfortunately in many of States.
No matter how Jerome Larkin and those he acts in concert with [18 USCA 371] to ‘cover up’ the obvious felonies and wrongful conduct everyone knows that he and his ilk are nefarious people who are intentionally using their public offices in derogation of not only their oaths of office but the core values of America. Such is pure ‘corruption!’ Right always will be Right no matter how much clout or intimidation that the miscreants can assert. Larkin’s shameful reincarnation in Illinois (in the Amu) case of Jim Crow became a permanent stain on the Judicial history of Illinois when attorned to by the Illinois Supreme Court. It is rare that a Supreme Court disgraces itself so completely in public.
The fact that the 4th Estate has been silent as to Illinois’ shame does not mitigate it. It just makes us sad to see a proud Sovereign State fall so deep into the cesspool of corruption! At some point in time the people of Illinois will have to rise up and remove the cancer that has permeated its borders and deal with problem.
France and the world last week received a ‘wake up’ call when terrorists invaded a newspaper and assaulted FREE SPEECH. The people of the State of Illinois have similar terrorists in their bosom who wish to assault FREE SPEECH. Larkin and his band of terrorists are more sophisticated than their colleagues at ISIS – they elder cleanse their victims before they assault the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights!
I requested an HONEST complete and comprehensive investigation. JoAnne Denison joined in the request. Amu complied with his Himmel requirement. Indeed Larkin knew that each of us took an oath to defend the Constitution, yet, instead of complying with his Oath, Larkin and the Agency of the Supreme Court of Illinois (and the Illinois Supreme Court) retaliated! Amu, in an action that had an obvious racial nexus, was summarily suspended. I went through a kangaroo set of mesne proceedings before being suspended. And JoAnne is going through a similar set of mesne proceedings; however, with Seth Gilman indicted for Hospice fraud and government starting to prosecute health care fraud, it is rumored that Larkin is desperate to shut down Denison’s blog – he is reported to be filing or has filed a petition before the Supreme Court for her interim suspension for three years.
Illinois is at a crossroads. Larkin is his radical Muslim jihad against lawyers who comply with 18 USCA 4 and the Constitution of the State of Illinois and the United States of America has not to this point used automatic weapons in his assaults against Free Speech, but, his action is no less reprehensive and wrong. No rationalization can justify Larkin’s assaults or his breach of his duty as a public official. Time is fleeting! The window to save Illinois and the Nation is closing. Elder Cleansing today is a cottage industry; however, tomorrow it can be the 4th Reich! Free men and women have to rally against the Jihad by corrupt judicial and other public officials against our BILL OF RIGHTS AND OUR ELDERLY AND DISABLED CITZENS![3]
[1] “it hardly needs elaboration to make it clear that the question of the total insufficiency of the evidence to sustain a serious charge of professional misconduct, against a backdrop of the claimed constitutional rights of an attorney to speak as freely as another citizen, is not one which can be subsumed under the headings of local practice, customs or law. “ In re SAWYER, 360 U.S. 622, 640, 79 S. Ct. 1376, 1385, 3 L. Ed. 2d 1473, 1485-1486, 1959 U.S. LEXIS 1744, 30 (U.S. 1959)
[2] The Denison, Ditkowsky and Amu cases prosecuted by the IARDC do not involve any charge of Contempt of court or actions before a Court. They all involve 18 USCA 4 compliances by the attorneys that Larkin persecutes. Amu complained of judges he believed to have been ‘wired’ or had a conflict of interest, Ditkowsky requested an Honest complete and comprehensive investigation of the elder cleansing of Mary Sykes 09 P 4585, and Denison repeated the request in her blog. Cynthia Farenga, Adam Stern, and Peter Schmiedel the attorneys who complained to the IARDC to successfully prevent an Honest complete and comprehensive investigation tried to induce a judge to impose sanctions so as to prevent Ditkowsky from doing a FRCP 11 investigation. When they were unsuccessful the made application to Larkin and his commission to do indirectly what they could not directly. Larkin as part of his Jihad responded with Disciplinary proceedings aforesaid.
What is interesting is that had the Court thought that any of the charges were significant it would have to meet the standard:
In order to support a conviction for criminal contempt under § 401(1), the record must establish beyond a reasonable doubt the following four elements:
First, there must be evidence that the defendant engaged in some conduct that can be considered “misbehavior.” See Vaughn v. City of Flint, 752 F.2d 1160, 1167 (6th Cir. 1985). Second, that misbehavior must amount to an “obstruction of the administration of justice,” see id., an obstruction that “must be … actual, not … [71] theoretical….” See id. at 1168 (citing In re McConnell, 370 U.S. 230, 234, 82 S.Ct. 1288, 8 L.Ed.2d 434 (1962)). Third, the contempt must occur in the presence of the judge imposing the summary determination of criminal guilt. See id. at 1167. Finally, the defendant must have formed an actual intent to cause the obstruction of justice. See Id. Thus, the improper act must be “a deliberate or intended violation, as distinguished from an accidental, inadvertent or negligent violation.” Id. at 1169 (quoting TWM Manufacturing Company v. Dura Corp., 722 F.2d 1261, 1272 (6th Cir.1983)).
In re Moncier, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78458, 68-71, 2008 WL 1808547 (E.D. Tenn. Apr. 7, 2008)
Before his Commission Larkin must meet the standard of clear and convincing. To the Illinois Supreme Court’s interpretation in Amu and also in Ditkowsky clairvoyance is sufficient.
[3] The Amu case is extremely disturbing as it represents not only a racial nexus motivating wrongful action against an attorney for speaking out, but, the acceptance of the proposition that government will accept the assertion that some of its citizens are not to be afforded equal protection under the law. The Illinois Supreme Court in first granting an interim suspension of Attorney L. Amu allowed a major injustice to be consummated by a racist enjoying the mantel of the ‘conscience of the 2nd oldest profession’ and when it affirmed the racism disgraced itself and the State of Illinois! The Court’s indifference to this racism creates a very dark day in the history of Illinois!
Ken Ditkowsky

From Sandra Black Go Fund Me and she and her family need a lawyer

Sandra Black would like you to support:

Sandra’s Family Needs a Lawyer

Donate below, or forward this email to a friend now.

As the ARDC gets ready to suspend one of the only truly low cost or pro bono defense lawyers in probate, Sandra Black and her family are looking for assistance too.

I hope a good pro bono lawyer comes to their assistance to help them out.

Let us know how it goes, Sandra.

A message from Sandra Black…

Hello, I am Sandra Black. My elderly mother, family, and I have lived under extreme abuse (not physical) and mental/emotional torture in America due to the State of Indiana’s laws that make it right to discriminate against its disabled residents. We have been cursed out, threatened, isolated/alienated, and had torture tactics used against us for years. Our family fell through the cracks of society being forced by law to live under the leadership of a cruel, greedy, severe marijuana addicted con-artist’s rules. The suffering is totally indescribable. Imagine being set-up by law, your very own government agencies and forced into exile away from your loved one without any idea how far the abuse can go. In Indiana apparently the disabled reporting abuse and a morally sick family member is considered automatically a fact that it never happened, not necessary to talk to witnesses or conduct any real investigation to determine if the allegations are true or false, they are automatic false in our case. It sounds bad, it sounds impossible, but I swear it happened. Agencies and officials all refused to do their job for years.

I want to hold them accountable by law in civil court for our losses.

This case is so unique that it would set precedence; totally change how government can allow its residents to be victimized without recourse. Cases like these no lawyer want to touch because it requires a great deal of money, a lot of hard work, expert witnesses, and research. Regular cases are simple, only refer to past cases that are just like it and win. I possess a Chemical Engineering Bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University. My disability is work related only and could have easily been verified that I would have been a better choice for mother if anyone cared. I need your help to hold the guilty accountable and change our nations actions against its very own citizens.

Time is of the essence, my daughter told me about this site a few days ago and recently the State stepped in (February, 2015) and stopped the exile of my family, thus I think the statue of limitations is ticking away now. Meaning that if a lawsuit is not filed quickly, I may be in danger of losing any right so whatever to file a lawsuit. The exile lasted from 2010 to 2015, which does not include mention of the abuse/neglect.


We need a lawyer to set precedence in this country and to show our government that the people are tired of government literally destroying the lives of people and behaving as if that’s what should be done, turning a blind eye and deaf ears. I want to hire a team of lawyers to not only use all the great well documented information that I have collected over the years proving KNOWN REPORTED ABUSE AND NEGLECT, but the use of experts to dive into subpoena information of the torture/abuse that I do not know about or have access to behind the scene as well. This will be very costly and greatly change the laws for the people forever.
Currently we live in a society where our government and officials show very little concern for the needs of the people. Big corporations, locking up the citizens, destroying the financial security of the people, the right to freedom of speech, embracing corruption and idiotic incompetent decisions that lead to victimization are just a few of what this case will address. If you ever wanted to do anything to stop the upper 1%, then this is the case you should donate to.
I swear with all my heart to donate and use all my court winnings for the cause of uniting, educating, and empowering the 99% against these same issues that tried to destroy my family. I am an adamant advocate for this cause. After years of isolation and abuse, the STATE has finally stepped in and allowed my mother, Mildred Barber fair visitation with her daughter, Sandra Black. Do you think it should have taken years just to have the right to care for your mom and stop abuse/neglect? If your answer is no and you want to support the cause of ending the rule and entitlement of the upper 1%, please show your support here and now. Thank you Continue Reading >>

Palm Beach Florida says no more Guardian-cochroaches

In a land where cochroaches are large and plentiful come this story about reigning in guardians who attain the position only to isolate the ward and drain estates:

While these main stream media stories are few and far between, it’s only a matter of time before they start going after the “cochroaches”–guardians and attorneys alike that line their pockets off the elderly and the families they tear apart with drugs, isolation orders and draining the estates (Sykes, Gore, Wyman, Fracke, Drabik, Richards, etc.).

We apparently have a fine supply of probate cochroaches ourselves.

From Ken Ditkowsky–why is corruption in so rampant and out of control?

To: Matt Senator Kirk <>, ISBA Main Discussion Group <>, “” <>, “” <>, “” <>, “” <>
Cc: Probate Sharks <>, Tim NASGA <>, “JoAnne M. Denison” <>, Nasga Us <>, “J. Ditkowsky” <>, Eric Holder <>, “FBI- ( (” <>, Chicago FBI <>, “ComplaintAdmin ADA (CRT)” <>
Subject: All you want to know about corruption but were afraid to ask or ******(censored)
Date: Mar 19, 2015 12:29 PM
Corruption page 2
The aggregate problems of fiscal solvency of government viewed in a non-political manner filtering out all the rhetoric designed to inflame passions, the problem boils down the fact of bipartisan corruption is surcharging the cost of government to the point that we all will shortly be in bankruptcy.    Corruption is rampant and rapidly going out of control.
The Wall Street Journal reports that health care fraud (including social security and elder cleansing losses) exceeds 100 billion dollars a year.      It has been estimated that in Illinois corruption costs each citizen $3008.00 per annum.       The war is being lost.    Today it reported that a crackdown by the Obama administration has recovered between 3 and 4 billion dollars of wrongful payments made last year.     
Government inefficiency, poor controls, and outright fraud are the root causes of the total problem.      If a government employee is unable to do his/her job they should be terminated.       The luxury of employing postal employees who cannot read the street signs, or clerks who cannot add and subtract, **** is something that we cannot afford.    Government employees who could care less concerning the operation of their departments and therefore do only pro-forma work also cannot be afforded.       Most certainly the “influenced” or venal employee must be ‘gone!’       Those are all givens; however, the fraud is much deeper.       The complex formulas and coding for payment are magnificent environments for deception to flourish.        By the clear light of hindsight who is capable of determining if a nursing home patient had to be transported in an ambulance at a massive cost, or on the handle bars of a bicycle at no cost?       Do you know if the doctor actually saw Alzheimer’s Patient x or just had the nurse put an entry on the chart concerning his visit?      Indeed, with thousands of seniors needing some type of treatment for various illnesses (real and imagined) the paperwork is massive.     It is a criminal field day!
The fraudulent payments are promulgated by some very sophisticated and well-connected individuals including many who over the years have become very rich through these endeavors.     Most of the health care crooks are well educated and have access to the best accounting and legal talent available.     Thus, prosecution is difficult and with billions of dollars to spend the miscreants now feel that they are well above the law.      In fact, as the elder cleansing cases roll in it appears that they are a law onto themselves.      For instance, here in Illinois it is no secret that the Office of Public Guardian works closely with for profit nursing homes, hospice facilities, and other health care facilities to help them obtain their fees.     It is no secret that many of the fees claimed are in many cases seriously inflated [1].     Studies have revealed as an example that it costs about $1000 – $1500 a month to warehouse a selected to be elder cleansed senior; however, the custodial and other costs in many cases exceed $15,000.00.     The selected elder cleansed senior’s meds are purchased from a captive pharmacy.    The doctor is a captive who examines the patient by slowing down his auto as he passes the nursing home.   The nurses are employed by a friendly employer (an Enron type corporation) who is paid a set fee.    The linen service, et al are similar Enron facilities.      Service to the patient is almost non-existent.   Physical therapy is usually taking the patient out of bed and into a wheel chair.   The only well run operation comes on voting day when every ‘zombie’ votes for the dominant political party candidate.
Families and friends of the elder care syndrome of exploitation have been complaining for years to the Justice Department, local law enforcement, and anyone who would listen concerning nursing homes, hospitals, and other health care facilities dedicated to the pursuit of the dollar.      For the most part because of the tie-in between the corrupt health care providers and the corrupt political and judicial elites the deaf ear approach has been standard.     The Helen Stone case in Florida and the Mary Sykes case in Illinois are examples of audacity that is exhibited.    In Stone the daughter is being prosecuted for interference and in Sykes without jurisdiction of due process the objecting daughter has literally been stripped of her assets.   Sykes also has to distinction of having co-conspirator Jerome Larkin surface to try to silence lawyers who objected to the fraud and breach of fiduciary relationship.
How does government protect itself from the corruption without tossing the baby out with the bath water?    The answer is not simple as the criminal element is entrenched.      The Seth Gilman case (Hospice kickbacks) is a landmark case and should be prosecuted with the same vigor as the OJ Simpson trial.    The Omnicare Frauds should be prosecuted criminally and also prosecuted openly.     The overcharging for drugs designed to be inappropriately administered and tie in Enron type corporations owned by the medical facility providers should be made public.   Everyone knows about the $25.00 aspirin tablet.     How about the $100 tablet used to make grandma a zombie!       The ‘cover up’ initiated by Jerome Larkin and his assaults on the First Amendment also has to be prosecuted openly and notoriously.    Larkin using the Illinois Disciplinary commission to Distort and cover=up garden variety theft by jurists, attorneys, and other judicial officials is the most venal of the bunch.     Lawyers see these criminal activities first hand and most lawyers have two attributes: 1) they are honest people who will diligently report crimes that they witness and work to eradicate not only the criminal activity but the root causes, and 2) they are easily intimidated by the threat of loss of their license to practice law.   Larkin is using his office to thwart the requirement of 18 USCA 4 which states:
§ 4. Misprision of felony

Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

18 USCS § 4

Obviously not every crime can be prosecuted, however, the most prominent and politically powerful of the “health care providers” and a public official who is a lawyer, took an oath to protect the Constitution, administrates a lawyer disciplinary commission and who openly and notoriously supports and proactively acts in concern with persons who are abusing, isolating, and otherwise exploiting senior citizens, are people whose prosecution will act as a deterrent to all the potential miscreants.      The prosecution will result in giving pause to the rest of the miscreants [2] and may result in more immediate remediation by some of the most obnoxious of the criminals.
Jerome Larkin in particular has some ‘warts’ that will aid substantially in his prosecution.    One example, is his actions toward a lawyer who is American of African Dissent.       Larkin’s prosecution of Attorney L Amu is something that would make Klu Klux Klan and North Korea proud.     The racial discrimination exhibited by the Illinois Disciplinary Commission is a disgrace and a blot on the judicial system of Illinois that must be remediated.      Larkin’s assaults on the First Amendment are reprehensible and are his overt actions in promulgation of the elder cleansing conspiracy.

[1] It is also no secret that the cozy relationship between many of the public (including judicial officials) officials, the health care facilities, the ownership interests in health care facilities etc. are cozy.    Even the most outrageous actions of a favored miscreant is protected.    I of course refer to the harvesting of Alice Gore’s gold filings!    Jerome Larkin lackey wrote the family that there was no evidence of wrongdoing.     After WW2 Nazi brass were severely admonished for similar actions – execution was one of the admonishments.   
[2] It is should be noted that as most of the guardianship related frauds (which I refer to as elder cleansing) are garden variety conspiracies (18 USCA 371) and most of these frauds are breaches of fiduciary relationship taxable events have occurred.    Most of the these taxable events are not reported on the 1040 tax return and thus State and Local government loses out on large amounts of income tax, penalties and interest.     Larkin as an example by assisting the miscreants in the Gore case acted in concert with them and therefore he is liable to the USA and the State of Illinois jointly and severally with them for the taxes due.  (Only one collection is possible – but there is still a requirement of reporting the income.)

How can you commit no crime but go to jail for 900 days–a new record? Oregon is the answer!

Take a good look at this incredible story of gross abuse of human and civil rights.

The judge and prosecutor who did this to this man are an outrage.

I would have thought the story came from downstate Illinois where we have one man, Lyle Harrison held for 90 days on civil contempt for lousy pro se fillings?  (can anyone drive down my emergency motion to the 4th district court of appeals tomorrow to release him?)

but this is clearly outrageous.


Nursing home death on morphine and hydrocodone ruled homocide–even at 98!

I wonder if the woman was under a guardianship.

I’m glad tho someone is watching out for this problem.  Far too many psychotropic drugs are being sold to nursing homes.  It’s time the nursing homes are being checked for psychotropic drug toxicities and elders are getting autopsies and toxin screens, even at the age of 98, it’s still not right to poison grandma with psychotropic drugs and narcotics to keep her docile.

How to handle a DUI or check point stop

I don’t know DUI in Illinois, but maybe someone does know all the DUI case law so feel free to dispute this link.

This link is for Florida only, but I think it would work great in Illinois.

DUI check points are actually the police looking for expired registrations and stickers and all that, broken tail lights, arrest warrants, seized cars, etc.   They are basically a revenue generator.  But I have seen posts where a car’s plates or license was expired and the police left entire families out in the cold to walk home, whadda bunch of jerks.

They are best to avoid.  Feel free to turn around and take an alternate route when you see one.  And keep this flyer in the car.  The lawyer is right, there are no officer friendlies, only a guy trying for a promotion or raise.

Channel 7 News–again the ARDC is under gun for allowing a lawyer to steal over $1 million

And of course, the complaint goes no where and there is no relief from the Client Protection Program because the ARDC runs it (according to this article) in a willy nilly fashion….

See below and good catch by Joe Dubow.  The ARDC should have paid this claim pronto and helped the family get a good lawyer to get their money back. This, the ARDC does not do.  They discipline Ken and myself for speaking out, but then they need good experienced lawyers who have represented clients for low cost or free (Ken and myself) and who do sue clients for fees (ditto).

ABC7 I-Team Investigation

By Jason Knowles

Thursday, March 12, 2015 10:37PM


The ABC7 I-Team investigated a lawyer who stole more than $1.2 million from his clients, and the victims who say they want some of their money back from an organization designed to protect them.

At one point, most of us will hire an attorney. But some victims who were ripped off say they trusted a lawyer based on previous work he had done for them – and that there was a red flag they didn’t know about.

North suburban Crystal Lake attorney Curt Rehberg is behind bars at a downstate correctional center.

“His job was to close the estate, file the taxes and do the distribution of the money to the heirs,” said David Hanson, a victim.

Rehberg was recently sentenced to 9 years after pleading guilty to three counts of theft for stealing what McHenry County prosecutors say was more than $1.2 million from the estates that these three men represented.

“Gone. All of it. Didn’t get a penny, not a red cent,” said Martin Ochwat.

Ochwat says he had worked with Rehberg for years on other legal transactions and never had a problem.

“My uncle trusted him totally and my aunt trusted him,” Ochwat said.

Ochwat was awarded restitution by the state, and Hanson was too. They both won this civil judgment. Hanson hired Rehberg to manage his parents’ estate; he and his family are owed $157,000.

“It’s gone, gone, there is no way to get it back – he wasn’t insured, he wasn’t bonded,” Hanson said.

The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission says there is no law requiring attorneys to carry malpractice insurance; there is, however, what’s known as the ARDC client protection program, a fund set up by the organization with lawyer fees to help reimburse victims of fraud.

“Their rules are vague, ambiguous and they are applied at their own discretion, and you can’t get a straight answer,” Hanson said.

But the ARDC says, according to Illinois Supreme Court rules, they can’t even consider a payout until a lawyer is officially disbarred, which just happened to Rehberg in January.

“We have to wait for the commission to approve the client protection program, program payouts,” said Jim Grogan, deputy administrator and chief counsel, ARDC. “We tell people due course because we don’t want to set them up for, ‘Oh it’s going to be next week or next month or its going to be June,’ we just tell people due course. It could be months. Hopefully not years.”

Grogan says in 2014, the program paid $1.3 million in claims.

He says there’s a total of 12 pending claims against Rehberg for $1.4 million but commission rules cap ARDC restitution at $1 million per attorney and $100,000 per claim.

“It is hope they will be compensated pursuant to the client protection program,” Grogan said. “Hopefully there will be consideration in 2015.”

McHenry County prosecutors say a half million dollars of the stolen money was intended for donation to cancer research.

“The estate I was in charge of was going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Ronald Kalemba.

That was the dying wish of Kalemba’s girlfriend.

“She was dying of cancer, that’s what she did die of,” Kalemba said.

And a possible warning missed by the victims; in 2003 Rehberg was disciplined by ARDC for not being honest with a client, but he was allowed to continue practicing.

“The court has a range of sanctions available and given the misconduct as known at the time, yes it seemed to be an appropriate sanction,” the ARDC said.

Grogan says the ARDC sent news releases and that Rehberg’s record was available on its website, but these three men believe more could have been done to inform Rehburg’s clients.

“I am going to keep going and go to the next person and the next person until I get someone who will listen,” Hanson said.

If a lawyer has been disciplined, there is no law requiring them to tell clients. Victims say they’re meeting with a state representative, lobbying for changes.

An attorney for the convicted lawyer says Rehberg accepts his punishment as being just and has publicly apologized. It is believed that the money he stole is gone.

Judges acting badly — Ohio Judge berates jurors for their decision.

Judges are supposed to have a poker face and mouth and are supposed to thank witnesses and jurors for their service, no matter the outcome, and not comment on the case.

Apparently this judge blew it.

A judge is not the press, she or he is the trier of fact and law and is not supposed to roll eyes, sigh, make dumb comments, etc. in the courtroom.

I know that many of you experience it and you have to report it to the Judicial Inquiry Board (addresses on this website) when you see it.

Also, attorneys are not to be in the judge’s private area, nor are they to be having exparte conversations with opposing counsel.


And they must be getting very afraid of what they do to families…..

So today in court I had another rarified peek at what is really going on on the 18th floor to ensure that the OPG gets every juicy case it can muster.  Eminent domain, move over.

The war was escalated.  They gave my client 2 weeks for discovery, 10 days to file witness lists (how can you list your witnesses when you have a 14 day discovery period???), another attorney never gave my client the order, she missed the deadline, the court today banned all of her witnesses and her expert witnesses (they were so ruthless they banned her rebuttal witnesses, imagine that), the court is running well past the 120 day deadline for a temp guardianship…..blah blah blah.  The judge said she would not entertain a 183 motion for an extension of time during the last 3 court appearances.

So what did they do?  they sealed the hearing and all transcripts!

you can’t make this stuff up!!!

so, by copy of this email, if the XXX is interested these kindly breaches of Illinois law have been brought to the citizens of the State of Illinois courtesy of Judge X who engages in flagrant violations of everyone’s rights.  I don’t think Judge X is even pretending any more that she is running a court room and Illinois Law applies to her.

At first the senior objected to the guardianship, she didn’t want the OPG, she wanted my client as her guardian-for months she said that.  But wait you can now throw that out the window.  Suddenly, the GAL goes there last week and suddenly grandma objects to nothing about the guardianship and the OPG is okay and she does not want a jury trial…blah, blah, blah.

Of course, the whole family is now banned from seeing grandma again.

But it’s okay, because she has 2 new 24/7 caretakes to be her new family instead.  According to the GAL she loves them and their cooking and is perfectly happy.

Dr. Shaw said she was severely demented.  Go figure.

But my client is holding up.  She sees it for what it is. She had her accounting (which is never good enough) and her receipts and everyone ignored those.

So now I have to fight a gag order, an appeal, etc. you name it, I have to fight it.

The best part is they banned all my clients exhibits and witnesses.  I am having them all do offers of proof and since those are banned (they never even got into evidence) I’ll publish that on the blog!

The guardianship itself is a run of the mill event, so why is there even a gag order?  All I can say is they must be getting very afraid to do what they are doing.

I think atty Nejla Lane, being a probate gag order victim herself, has all the motions and constitutional law, so I don’t have to repeat those.

This is a whole new level of scary for you all on the 18th floor.  For me, I am not surprised and I see where the fight for justice has been heading for some time now.  Since justice is not being done, gag orders will become the soup de jour.


PS–what is the fight over?  A juicy piece of property in Wrigleyville.  Seniors for cash is what it is.

Clinton Emails and Ethics Filings of 2009 and Patrick Henry Quote

And while everyone is wondering why Mrs. Clinton decided to use personal email instead of government emails to conduct government business and is there anything hidden in those emails, we have the Illinois Atty Regn which still does not file Ethics Statements, the Office of Public Guardian that does not file and there is no reason why stated on either website ( and ( where you can view the ethics statements of all the attorneys involved in these cases.

I want to know what attorneys have contributed to the Judge’s campaigns, don’t you?  I would like to know if OPG attorneys have banking or nursing home or caregiver interests, realtor and real estate interests of them and their spouses.  I would like to know what income comes from any of these sources.  I especially want to know any 3rd party that is paying off any loan of theirs–mortgage, auto or otherwise.

I have emailed the OPG for their ethics statement publications, so I will let you know what they say, if anything.  If I don’t hear from them in a day or two I will call.

It just seems very fishy to me that neither the ARDC nor the OPG seems to file Ethics Statements, and yet both are in considerable positions of power.

The OPG publishes it’s “success stories” but it never tells of the horror stories from the families where estates were drained and the disabled person was then left penniless for years and after the estate was drained, they are left in horrible places to live where they don’t want to be, but can’t speak up because they are afraid of retaliation (a deadly 72 hour psych hold, a lock down nursing facility). These people know too well the ruthlessness and viciousness that is involved and that they could disappear without a trace in days and no one would ever care or investigate.

In Cook County, the judges hand back allegations of abuse to the abuser (Frake, Sykes, etc.) and no one cares.  The real question is why and why do certain agencies not have to file Ethics Reports and when you complain to the head of the agency, pursuant to statute, they are the ones that are directing this, so nothing ever comes of your complaint.

JoAnne Denison

And now from Patrick Henry:

In Saudia Arabia, they flog bloggers of the truth, in the US they suspend attorneys for years!

From: kenneth ditkowsky
Sent: Mar 8, 2015 7:45 AM
To: AARP Inc , Alyece Russell , “JoAnne M. Denison”
Subject: Elder Cleansing – silencing dissent or mention of guardians for profit

The attached article gives America a view of the Illinois that a corrupt judiciary creates as it  ignores the Bill of Rights, Article 1 of the Illinois Constitution, and the right of free speech.
No this is not a mad delusionJerome Larkin the administrator of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission is actually prosecuting Attorney JoAnne Denison for writing a blog that discloses corruption in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.    Larkin and one of his kangaroo attorney panels are recommending to the Supreme Court of Illinois that she be suspended for three years for airing material demanding an Honest investigation on her blog of the railroading of senior citizens into abusive guardianships for profit wherein they are isolated from their families, stripped of their life savings and other assets, and systematically denied their human and civil rights [1] .
“Saudi Arabia rejects rights criticism after flogging of blogger
Reuters/Reuters – A picture of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi (C) is seen between others photos of prisoners in Saudi Arabia during a demonstration for his release from jail outside the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in …more 
RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia defended its human rights record on Saturday in its first public reaction to international criticism over last year’s sentencing of liberal Saudi blogger Raif Badawi to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for “insulting Islam”.
The first 50 of Badawi’s lashes were carried out in January, prompting strong criticism of the kingdom’s rights record in Western countries, including its laws on political and religious expression and the status of Saudi women. 
“Saudi Arabia expresses its intense surprise and dismay at what is being reported by some media about the case of citizen Raif Badawi and his sentence,” said a statement carried on state media and attributed to an unnamed “foreign ministry official”.
The statement said Saudi courts were independent and that the kingdom’s constitution ensured the protection of human rights because it was based on Islamic Sharia law.
“Saudi Arabia at the same time emphasizes that it does not accept interference in any form in its internal affairs,” the statement added.
A Jeddah court handed Badawi his sentence after he criticized the Saudi clergy in a blog and called for changes in the way religion is practiced in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia, the United States’ top Arab ally and birthplace of Islam, follows the strict Wahhabi Sunni Muslim school and gives the clergy control over its justice system.
It does not permit the public worship of other faiths or allow them to maintain places of worship inside the country. In a new law last year it included atheism as a terrorist offence. 
It uses the death penalty for offences including blasphemy, apostasy and witchcraft. The kingdom has beheaded 40 people so far in 2015, rights watchdog Amnesty International said this week, based on local media reports. 
Political dissidents have been given long jail terms in the past year after repeatedly raising human rights issues in international media and urging the absolute monarchy to introduce elections.
The kingdom is the only country in which women are forbidden to drive. Saudi women also need the permission of a male guardian, usually a close family member, to conduct many aspects of official business, including travel overseas. 
(Reporting by Angus McDowall, Editing by Gareth Jones)”
The danger to America is real.
The legal profession is silent and intimidated as they watch the assault on America’s core values occur in Illinois.     There was and is no hue and cry to protest the outrageous and wrongful actions of Jerome Larkin and the corrupt jurists who foster the assaults on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights.    In addition to the current travesty being perpetrated upon Attorney Denison, Attorney L Amu, an American who immigrated from Africa, who happens to have a dark hue to his skin complained of the corruption of certain judges (who other lawyers also complained but in private) and received a three year suspension from the practice of law.   Yours truly demanded an Honest investigation and wrote the attorney General of the United States.   I was not repentant and received a four year suspension.   I will not remain silent and therefore I expect that I will never practice law again.
Yesterday, President Obama marched in Selma to give emphasis to America’s dedication to Equal Protection of the Law and need to preserve our Civil rights, yet, there was no protest when Lawyer Amu was stripped of his law license because he exercised his First Amendment Rights.    There was no protest and no march when the racial nexus of the discriminatory suspension was published.       President Obama did not order the Justice Department to investigate.      Legal organizations were not outraged.    My call for an Honest Investigation resulted in Attorney Denison publishing on her blog the embarrassing facts associated with the felonies of ‘elder cleansing [2] .’
Elder Cleansing is the first cousin of Ethic and Racial Cleansing.    It encompasses the railroading of a senior or disabled person into a guardianship so that the victim can be isolated, his/her assets (including life savings) redistributed to a cadre of corrupt jurists, judicial officials, appointed guardians et al, as all civil, liberty, and human rights are denied by Court order.    In the Alice Gore case the miscreants (protected by Jerome Larkin, the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, and the apathy and disinterest of the public, our elected officials, and the 2nd oldest profession) were able to prospect in the mouth of Ms. Gore for gold.   They found she had gold filings and harvested them.     In the Mary Sykes case they found gold in her safety deposit box!     The millions of dollars of booty was never inventoried, reported to the Court, etc.      It is quite obvious that the benefit to Mr. Larkin and those who act in concert with him was ‘tax free!’ and insulated.
The judicial system is society’s pressure valve.      When a call for an Honest investigation is considered by a society to be ethically challenged whether in a letter to the Attorney General of the United States or in a blog America is in deep trouble.    No I do not expect that Attorney Denison will be flogged, but,  she stands to have her law license suspended without a whimper from the legal profession or the very public that depends on her and others like her to make certain that they individually and collectively do not face Badawi’s fate.     Such is intolerable – unless we as Americans have attorned to oppression and tyranny.
No, we do not need more laws.     The guardianship statute does not authorize the elder cleansing guardianship for profit.    In fact, it is consistent with title 2 of the Americans With Disabilities Act in actually prohibiting the felonies committed by the miscreants and their co-conspirators.      In the Mary Sykes case 09 P 4585 the guardians for profit and their co-conspirators were so arrogant that they never bothered to obtain jurisdiction for the probate court that was used to give an air of legitimacy to their felonies [3] .     47 USCA 230 protects by Federal law Ms. Denison’s blog.   320 ILCS 20/4 provides immunity from all prosecution including disciplinary proceedings for the protest of elder cleansing for Ms. Denison and all others who complain.   735 ILCS 110/ et seq.  protects her free speech.    Article 1 of the Illinois Constitution and the First Amendment remove government authority and that of Mr. Larkin and the Illinois Supreme Court from their assaults on the right of Free Speech.    All are ignored by Mr. Larkin and those who act in concert with him.
Ironically the Federal and State Criminal Laws make Mr. Larkin’s (and those who conspire with him to engage in the War against the elderly and the disabled) felonies.   18 USCA 4 requires that these felonies be reported to law enforcement.    18 USCA 242 provides enforcement authority for the United States of America to prosecute the violations of civil rights of not only the victims of elder cleansing but the assault by Larkin on the First Amendment of the complaining lawyers.   18 USCA 371 draws into the criminal court all who act in concert in these criminal endeavors.   18 USCA 1341 prohibits the use of the mails in the criminal endeavor ******.    The Justice Department is delegated the authority and mandated the obligation to enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act.   42 USCA 12203 prohibits the obvious retaliation that the threatened and decreed suspensions of law licenses promulgates.
The President yesterday decried the need to protect the Civil Rights of all Americans.   Right here in his home state Jim Crow is alive and well and has been extended to the now cottage industry of silencing the legal profession’s protest against corruption.    Lest we forget – it was not long ago that a score of Cook County Illinois jurists were prosecuted in Federal Court and sent to jail in Operation Greylord.    It was not long ago another couple score of jurists had to resign so as to avoid criminal prosecution – however today in the State of Illinois a lawyer who publishes a blog and calls for an Honest investigation is prosecuted as ethically challenged for exercising her First Amendment Rights.
The Silence of the America Bar Association is an affront to second oldest profession and a demonstration of why society has so little respect for the profession – it will not stand up for its own rights – how can the public have confidence in such a group of citizens.   The Silence of the American Civil Liberties Union and its related tax exempt organizations is a demonstration of hypocrisy.      Why should they care about the civil rights of the elderly and the disabled?    Why should they concern themselves about basic civil rights of law abiding citizens?      There is no headline to be gained.       Indeed, as the President utters a speech that few listen to the words become empty and meaningless as right here in Chicago a tainted political miscreant tramples on the First Amendment as he seeks to silence all calls for an HONEST investigation of the cottage industry of elder cleansing and the support of the political establishment (by its silence at least) of the War on the Elderly and the disabled.

[1] The word HONEST appears to be the word that troubles Mr. Larkin and those who conspire with him in the endeavor to elder cleanse senior citizens and the disabled.
[2] It should be noted that criminal activity including but not limited to breaches of fiduciary relationship are taxable events.    It is basic that when a ‘conspiracy’ is created – (see 18 USCA 371) – all the conspirators share joint and several liability.   Thus, the proceeds of the criminal activity, such as elder cleansing, are taxable and in my opinion each of the miscreants enjoys liability to the United States of America and the State for the income taxes due plus all interest and penalties.    Illinois is on the verge of Bankruptcy – the USA has a massive debt.   There is no just reason that even though the proceeds of elder cleansing should give Mr. Larkin and his co-conspirators some jail time that he should not pay the taxes and the penalties due to the government.    Had he performed his job of protecting the public from the predatory guardians and corrupt jurists who appointed them *****   No one forced him to attempt to thwart free speech or assault the First Amendment.
[3] It appears that not only was there no jurisdiction but any mention of that fact evokes almost violent responses from the Court, the guardians, the IARDC etc.      To protect the Civil Rights of seniors the guardianship act provides very limited jurisdiction and a procrustean procedure for obtaining jurisdiction.  755 ILCS 5/11a – 10.      A review of the Court file in case 09 P 4585 ( subpoena quashed in disciplinary hearings) is clear in demonstrating not only deception but the unsuccessful efforts to even create the shameful facade of compliance with the statute so as to obtain jurisdiction.   Larkin and his lackeys in the disciplinary proceedings appear to have copied the MO of the judge – do not read the Statute – and claim waiver.   Waiver by an incompetent person is a oxymoron.
Ken Ditkowsky
From Joanne:
If the ARDC really wanted to distance itself from Saudi Arabian officials and Al Quaida and Isis who routinely flog, maim and kill those who speak the truth and stand up for peace, democracy, justice and human rights, the ARDC would immediately and sua sponte dismiss all charges against you, Mr. Amu and myself.  In Saudia Arabia they flog bloggers that plead for human and civil rights for all–women, gays, activists and libertarians.  In Saudia Arabia they strip women lawyers of their custody rights and place the children in state homes–the worst catastrophe that could occur to both the woman lawyer and her children..
So, I ask, now how is the US any different from Saudi Arabia?  We have no rights to speak the truth, to say that in some cases grandma is railroaded into a guardianship, stripped of her free will and human and civil rights, forced into a locked down nursing home, a feeding tube at one end, a diaper at the other–when she can eat, albiet slowly and only with assistance which takes time (money), and when the estate is gone, she is put on hospice and bombarded with morphine and psychotropic drugs (Drabik, Gore, Frake, etc.)
We are now up to 7 or 8 murders in Cook County or deaths of very questionable means at questionable times (right after the estate is drained of money by probate attorneys and esp. the OPG), I want an investigation.  Ken wants an investigation and so do many of my clients.
What is wrong in asking for an investigation on a blog and demanding that the illegal chemical restraints stop (In re Tiffany) and that our Illinois elders be treated with care and love and not the conditions of your average Gulag in years past?
How is the US any different, Mr. Larkin?  How is the ARDC litigation dept any different from flogging bloggers, taking children away from women lawyers who beg and plead for women’s rights?  Ken and I plead for the rights of the elderly and disabled on the 18th floor, and while we are not flogged, we are stripped of our right to help others in the courtroom.
The actions of Mr. Larkin and the ARDC to protect a pot of gold over the elderly and the disabled is utterly shameful.

Found elsewhere on WordPress–complaints about Judge Riley, Peck and Bloom and others….

This appears to be from Linda Shelton who has documented a number of problems in a relative’s case.

You will note that the complaint is not only  at the trial court level, but goes up to the court of appeals.  You will recall that Gloria complained about how all her motions and appeals were denied and although the judges were supposed to be picked at random Justice Bernstein seemed to get all the probate appeals and he denied everything.  Interesting.

Many people complain about having to file numerous motions only to get them denied, and then they have to appeal, only to get denied, when the law is on their side.  But I tell them this important to spot trending in what the courts are doing.  It is only by finding trends that we can pinpoint what is going on, who is doing it, and then those trends can be reported to the authorities to take action.

Keep the faith that justice will prevail.


Best video on a wrongful Jerome Larkin 3 year suspension of a black African Immigrant Atty–Mr Amu

This is one of the most popular videos on to what extent the ARDC wants attorneys to have a code of silence, to not warn their clients of court fraud in Illinois, and to always take the side of Judges and other attorneys–even though the fact they are not following the law despite being officers of the court.

Important–From Glenda Martinez–A video story you won’t want to miss

I highly recommend this video as a typical story I learn about at least once or twice per week–and for which the court does absolutely nothing about.

This week I learned one client after asking and begging for one mother to see her son (it has been months and she could not see him, not for Christmas or New Year’s) and a sister.  They were awarded visitation once per week, but the wife never allowed it, said it was never a good time. We have a year of recordings of this. The court just told both the mother will never see her son again, and the sister will never see her brother again. The wife claims this man is too demented to recognize them, so why bother? (This woman is just another living heat donor if you ask me, and has no right to be a guardian).

another video story from Ontario:

And of course, we have the Alan Frake case who is about as drugged as the man in this video.  Al Frake is at Sunrise Nursing home in Park Ridge and son Gary Frake reports they are killing him with sedatives/psychotropic drugs.  This has been reported to Judge Quinn several times and it is always deny, deny, deny.

So thank you Glenda for sending along this shinning example of elder abuse by the “professionals” who are just about always allowed to abuse with impunity.


From Ken Ditkowsky–Pick a month, any month, and see why Illinois is No. 1 in Corruption

And then ponder why the ARDC wants every attorney in Illinois to adhere to a code of silence and let our clients fall into corruption traps because we cannot warn them and cannot warn the public and we MUST ignore 18 USC sec 4 so that we risk prison and fines for not showing our clients how to report and freely discussing this matter on our fraud in the court blogs.

Go figure.

July 9 2014
Unfortunately for taxpayers, June was a groundbreaking month for corruption in Illinois. In June alone, there were reports of 85 corruption-related stories in the state. Some of the record-breaking highlights include the following:
For the first time in 33 years, the Illinois Legislative Audit Commission exercised its subpoena powers in the issuance of a subpoena regarding Gov. Pat Quinn’s controversial anti-violence program. That’s on top of a separate federal subpoena for the same program. Auditor General William Holland’s office revealed that the state spent nearly a half a million dollars on a flawed study of the anti-violence program while rejecting the opportunity to receive a more rigorous study for free.
The “Dixmoor Five” were awarded the largest wrongful conviction settlement, $40 million, in Illinois history. In 1991, as young teenagers, they gave false confessions to the rape and murder of 14-year-old Cateresa Matthews. After being physically abused and threatened by interrogators. DNA evidence later exonerated them.
Other major stories this month included State Rep. Derrick Smith being convicted of accepting a $7,000 bribe, the head of the Illinois Department of Transportation resigning following patronage allegations, Sen. Mark Kirk presenting evidence of major fraud at Hines Veterans Affairs Hospital involving falsifying of wait-time data, and revelations that political insiders received multi-million-dollar contracts to promote ObamaCare in Illinois.
85. June 30, 2014
The head of the Illinois Department of Transportation resigned Monday following questions about patronage hiring at the agency.
Ann Schneider’s resignation comes after longtime anti-patronage crusader Michael Shakman called for a federal judge to order an investigation into government hiring following a Better Government Association investigation that revealed Schneider’s stepdaughter had been put on the payroll and promoted at the agency.
Schneider was appointed by Quinn in 2011 to head up IDOT. The resignation could lessen a political headache for Gov. Pat Quinn during an election year.
84. June 30, 2014
A Cook County correctional officer pocketed bribes of up to $250 each time he smuggled marijuana, tobacco, shower products and other contraband to inmates at the West Side jail, prosecutors said today.
An inmate and his girlfriend were also charged with bribery.
Jermaine Hoskins, 37, who worked at the jail for more than two years, was arrested Friday after arriving at work. He was charged with official misconduct and bringing contraband into the jail.
In court this afternoon, Assistant State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said Hoskins, a former postal service and Homeland Security worker, told investigators “he saw an opportunity and took it” and used the payoffs to help pay his bills.
83. June 30, 2014
Days after being accused in a lawsuit of working together to defraud investors, Harvey and its comptroller have split – with each offering a different explanation of what happened.
Harvey spokesman Sean Howard said comptroller Joseph Letke was fired this afternoon, while Letke’s firm released a letter saying it quit after the town ignored its advice and treated the firm poorly.
Letke’s departure came five days after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed an unusual lawsuit that said Harvey and Letke couldn’t be trusted to woo borrowers because of fraud committed in a past borrowing deal. That failed development deal, exposed by the Tribune last year, has left taxpayers on the hook for as much as $20 million in loan payments for a hotel sitting half-gutted and in foreclosure.
82. June 30, 2014
Illinois State University’s former president was convicted of disorderly conduct and sentenced to probation Monday for his actions during a confrontation with the school’s head groundskeeper last year.
McLean County Judge Michael Stroh sentenced Timothy Flanagan to a year of court supervision, which is a form of probation, and ordered him to perform 30 hours of community service and pay a $300 fine.
Prosecutors said that on Dec. 5, Flanagan screamed at Patrick Murphy, the school’s grounds superintendent, at close range outside the president’s on-campus home in a way that alarmed Murphy. Murphy was fired a short time later but has since been rehired.
81. June 30, 2014
Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran’s office is reviewing a complaint alleging that one of his top officers threatened deputies and command staff during a meeting.
A letter fellow officers sent to the county’s human resources department accuses the high-ranking officer of making the comments during roll call June 18 as he mentioned the firing of a deputy who’d been charged with soliciting a sex act. The officer told those present that changes were coming to the department, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Tribune.
The letter quotes him as saying, “If you don’t agree with the changes coming, you can leave…if you have a problem with this you can meet me in the parking lot when I’m done and we can have a one on one conversation.”
80. June 30, 2014
Before he was paid more than $146,000 for work on Gov. Pat Quinn’s scandal-plagued anti-violence initiative, Benton Cook III says he spent four years as a “media production director” for political candidates.
His biggest client, as it turns out, was his wife, Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, records show.
Brown’s campaign fund paid the video production company based at her husband’s then-South Side home nearly $90,000 over a four-year period ending in 2010, according to Illinois State Board of Elections records. The business, Gideon Video Productions, doesn’t appear to have been licensed with the state of Illinois, the city of Chicago or Cook County.
79. June 29, 2014
A former state’s attorney, legislator and appellate court justice, Tom Homer is ending a decade-long tenure this month as the first watchdog of the Illinois General Assembly — proud of helping move the state into modern ethics reforms but frustrated by handcuffs placed on his office and its ability to investigate and punish wrongdoing.
Since he took the legislature’s inspector general job in 2004, Homer has fielded 163 formal complaints, referring 11 to federal or state law enforcement authorities. Some of those ended in criminal convictions, although the law doesn’t allow him to talk about specific cases.
Twice in recent years, Homer, 67, has published open letters to the legislature suggesting tougher ethics rules.
He believes it should be illegal for legislators to vote on matters in which they have conflicts of interest. He wants more descriptive financial disclosures, reporting of interventions lawmakers make on behalf of constituents, penalties beyond just fines for legislators — such as censure or reprimand — and public reporting of an officeholder’s punishment.
78. June 27, 2014
Chicago taxpayers could be on the hook to refund millions of dollars in fines levied by administrative hearing officers over the years because the city did not require corporate defendants to be represented by licensed attorneys.
The surprise liability stems from a May 20 Illinois Appellate Court ruling in a case filed by Stone Street Partners, a limited liability corporation that owned Gold Coast real estate.
A caretaker had appeared before an administrative hearing officer to contest a 1999 building code violation, triggering a $1,000 judgment.
Eleven years later, the partners got notice of a default judgment and moved to vacate it on grounds they had not been properly served and that the city had allowed the corporation to be represented by a person who was not authorized to practice law.
77. June 27, 2014
The Illinois Tollway on Thursday awarded a $64 million construction contract to a New York-based firm that admitted committing fraud and paid a $7.5 million penalty in connection with an alleged minority hiring scheme in that city.
Judlau Contracting Inc.’s bid was the lowest of four received by the Tollway for construction of new interchange ramps at Interstate 290 and Thorndale Avenue in Itasca.
Judlau’s contract with the Tollway, and the penalty settlement, were first reported by the Tribune Saturday.
76. June 27, 2014
The former police officer charged in connection with two women’s bodies found in suitcases near Lake Geneva has admitted meeting both women online and killing them during their first meetings, according to a criminal complaint.
Steven M. Zelich, 52, has so far been charged with two felonies for hiding the women’s bodies in suitcases and tossing them along a highway during the first week of June. He has not been charged with homicide, despite his admissions, and is to make his first court appearance today, officials said.
75. June 26, 2014
Around 30 people showed up at a Clark County Park District Board meeting in May, hoping to openly speak about recent park-related controversies. After most sat through a two and a half hour closed session, the board returned to open session only to inform the crowd that they would not be allowed to speak to board members.
That’s when John Kraft, a member of a local watchdog group, sprang into action. Rising to his feet, Kraft informed the entire board that he was placing them under citizen’s arrest for violating theIllinois Open Meetings Act; specifically the provision that ensures the public can address their elected representatives at an official meeting.
“It was the way they said ‘no’,” that led him to take the unusual police action, said Kraft, adding that the board again refused to entertain public comments even after he explained they were in violation of the law.
74. June 26, 2014
New questions are being raised about the admission of a Republican governor candidate’s daughter into an elite Chicago public school.
One of Bruce Rauner’s six children was initially rejected in 2008 to Walter Payton College Prep. Rauner says she had top-notch grades, but didn’t meet an attendance requirement because of illness. She later got in. The Rauner Family Foundation later gave $250,000 to a school initiative.
73. June 26, 2014
A federal judge this week blasted Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office, saying correctional officers’ “deliberate indifference” led to the sexual assault of a 16-year-old defendant mistakenly housed with adult inmates in 2008.
Even though the youth told sheriff’s personnel at least five times that he was under 17 — and therefore should have been in a juvenile lockup — he remained in the Cook County Jail for three days, U.S. District Court Judge Amy St. Eve wrote this week.
“Under the circumstances, the sheriff’s officers’ deliberate indifference led directly to the predictable consequence that the adult detainees physically harmed and raped the plaintiff,” St. Eve. wrote in a ruling rejecting the sheriff’s office’s attempts to have a lawsuit in the case thrown out.
72. June 25, 2014
The easiest thing to do with the Jaime Hauad case would be to quietly sweep it under the rug.
After all, Hauad was convicted 15 years ago of killing two Maniac Latin Disciples outside an Avondale bar and sentenced to life without parole. A witness and a surviving victim picked out Hauad in a photo lineup as someone they saw at the murder scene. The reliability of his memory has been questioned because in 2012 he forgot he had testified at 1998 hearing on a motion to suppress.
And yet, last week the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission came to a disturbing conclusion: There’s strong evidence that police tortured Hauad while he was in custody and some evidence that he may be entirely innocent.
But there’s an unfortunate catch. No matter how much the commission’s members worry Hauad’s case might be a miscarriage of justice, they can’t do anything about it. As interpreted by judicial rulings, the commission is charged with investigating only claims of torture by former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge and detectives who worked under him. In this case, one of the cops who Hauad said beat him was Joseph Miedzianowksi, who went on to be labeled the most corrupt cop in Chicago history and who is serving a life sentence. The commission has no authority to investigate claims of torture by Miedzianowksi.
71. June 25, 2014
Between 2008 and 2010, Letke and his firms made $1.627 million to serve as Harvey’s comptroller, to do bookkeeping and to give financial advice, authorities said.
But that’s not all. Now Letke is accused of pocketing another $269,000 in “undisclosed payments” from the developer of a Holiday Inn Hotel in the south suburb. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission slapped Letke — and the City of Harvey itself — with fraud charges in a complaint announced Wednesday.
Letke, 55, of Frankfort, and the city used at least $1.7 million in bond proceeds from the hotel project to improperly pay for the basic costs of running the city like making payroll, according to the SEC.
Others appear to have profited from the alleged scheme, as well. For example, the SEC said $100,000 in bond-related cash made its way in 2009 to an unidentified woman who “had no apparent connection” to the hotel project. It allegedly did so with help from Letke and “another Harvey official.”
70. June 25, 2014
Thousands of state anti-violence grant dollars from Gov. Pat Quinn’s scandal-tainted Neighborhood Recovery Initiative went to a south suburban nonprofit to help re-integrate freed teen and young adult prison inmates back into society.
It was a noble idea except for one thing.
The nonprofit that the state paid with anti-violence grant money to handle re-entry services in Thornton Township actually was operating out of a day care center in south suburban Dixmoor.
On top of that, it was later learned, there was really no re-entry program at all — nor any proof that the organization, Project Hope, Inc., did anything for the $15,770 it received from Quinn’s administration to perform re-entry services, state records show.
69. June 25, 2014
As attorneys on Wednesday hailed a record settlement for the so-called Dixmoor Five, one of the wrongfully convicted men was checking out a brick house on a spacious lot in one of Chicago’s southernmost suburbs.
Robert Taylor liked the big garage, trees and safe feel to the neighborhood for his family, including his 2-year-old son.
Taylor, 36, isn’t sure of how big his share of the $40 million settlement with the Illinois State Police will be, but he has no doubt it will change his life.
“Frankly, you know, the money that’s being paid out is almost beside the point,” said Peter Neufeld, a New York City attorney and co-director of the Innocence Project who is representing Jonathan Barr, one of the Dixmoor Five. “What you have here in Cook County is an epidemic. An epidemic of false confessions of juveniles, primarily people of color.”
The five were teens when they were arrested for the November 1991 murder of Cateresa Matthews and were given lengthy prison sentences.
68. June 24, 2014
You might call it a truly stinky clout list, one that provides a much nicer perk than a mere free garbage cart.
In a town where lots of people gets lots of favors at the public’s expense, thousands of nonprofit groups and small apartment buildings improperly have been getting free city garbage service in the past decade, costing taxpayers more than $6.5 million a year, Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson charged today.
A report released by the inspector general found that the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation provided free garbage pickup to at least 1,393 properties, many of them owned by churches, schools and other charities, and at least a few occupied by aldermanic ward offices. No law authorizes the free service, Mr. Ferguson said in his report.
67. June 24, 2014
On Tuesday, the City Council’s Finance Committee approved the settlement to Brian Baker and his full guardian without a word of explanation or debate. That sets the stage for final sign-off by the full Council on Wednesday.
The accident that forever altered Baker’s life occurred at 1:45 a.m. on June 9, 2009 at the corner of Damen and Waubansia.
Baker, who had just graduated from Columbia College with a degree in sports marketing, was riding his bike after a night out drinking when he collided with the barricade set up to mark a collapsed sewer catch basin.
First Deputy Corporation Counsel Leslie Darling said there were a “number of issues that left the city exposed” to damages. “The barricade’s light was not functional. The barricade was actually in the hole, instead of in front it [where] a bicyclist would be able to see and react to it,” Darling said.
“The city had two months notice of the condition and had scheduled repairs, but there was concern that a jury could find the city had not taken enough precaution to ensure public safety.”
66. June 24, 2014
A legislative panel on Monday voted to issue a series of subpoenas to Gov. Pat Quinn’s inner circle — including his onetime chief of staff and two cabinet members — as an inquiry into a derelict anti-violence program that he launched broadens.
A subcommittee of the Legislative Audit Commission took two votes, both 4-0, in favor of sending subpoenas to a total of seven top-tier Quinn administration associates. Those subpoenas order their testimony in the midst of a high stakes, highly volatile re-election campaign.
It was the first time in 33 years that the commission exercised its subpoena powers, lawmakers said.

Though any reader of our Corruption Watch series would suggest differently, a federal judge decided that Chicago city-worker hiring needs less, not more, supervision. On June 16, a federal judge ended a nine-year run of federal oversight of Chicago municipal hiring; oversight which was originally prompted after decades of “clout” hiring in the city.
As if on cue, over at the Illinois Department of Transportation, or IDOT, Secretary Ann Schneider is under scrutiny for potentially illegal patronage hiring involving her stepdaughter, Ashley Carpenter.
Carpenter was hired in 2006 when Schneider was IDOT’s director of finance and promoted to a full-time “staff assistant” in 2007. Carpenter said she never applied or interviewed for the full-time position, and Freedom of Information Act documents acquired by the Better Government Association reveal she was hired using the “Rutan-exempt” process, which allows subjective factors such as politics to be considered in hiring.
So while the federal government is removing itself from overseeing patronage hiring in Chicago, the practice seems to persist around the state. In fact, it’s getting worse. Old habits die hard.
With that, Illinois Policy has rounded up corruption stories from around the state for this week. From the aforementioned patronage hiring to political insiders receiving multimillion-dollar contracts to promote the Affordable Care Act, we’ve tracked 66 corruption-related stories in June alone.

66. June 23, 2014
Chicago’s Navy Pier — touted as the biggest tourist attraction in Illinois — has long been a patronage haven where political insiders turned for jobs and lucrative deals to sell everything from expensive meals to gumballs.
Who was cashing in used to be a matter of public record. It no longer is, since the state of Illinois and City Hall turned over operation of the government-owned pier to a private, not-for-profit group three years ago for $1-a-year rent.
Navy Pier Inc. doesn’t have to explain how it’s spending $115 million in government bonds that were sold to pay for a face-lift for the 98-year-old pier, either.
Despite Reilly’s assertion, former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s handprints are all over Navy Pier Inc. Documents NPI filed with the Internal Revenue Service show the not-or-profit has four employees making higher pay than Gov. Pat Quinn, who appoints half the members of the McPier board.
65. June 21, 2014
The state spent almost half a million dollars on a flawed study of Gov. Pat Quinn’s now-defunct anti-violence program – the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative – after officials rejected a more rigorous evaluation that would have been free, auditors say.
The $498,351 study by the University of Illinois at Chicago didn’t even examine whether the program helped reduce violence, according to Auditor General William Holland’s office.
State Rep. David Reis, R-Willow Hill, said the study leaves taxpayers in the dark about whether the $54.5 million program made an impact in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the Chicago area.
64. June 21, 2014
The Illinois Tollway is poised to award a hefty construction contract to a New York-based firm that admitted committing fraud in connection with minority hiring for a tunnel project in that city, the Tribune has learned.
Judlau Contracting Inc.’s $64 million bid was the lowest of four received by the Tollway for construction of new interchange ramps at Interstate 290 and Thorndale Avenue in Itasca.
The interchange is the biggest chunk of work so far in the Tollway’s $3.4 billion reconstruction and widening of the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway, which will be converted into a toll road. Final approval of the Judlau deal is on the agenda when the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority board meets Thursday.
63. June 20, 2014
The City Council’s handpicked inspector general is appealing for more money, manpower and authority with an assist from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s revamped Board of Ethics.
In a letter to aldermen attached to Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan’s semi-annual report, Board of Ethics Chairman Stephen W. Beard warns that, unless the City Council moves immediately to close a legislative loophole, “Chicago will head into a municipal election year with no oversight of contributions made to aldermen or their challengers.”
62. June 20, 2014
A former head of the Illinois Board of Higher Education racked up $6,500 in extra car rental fees and walked away from his post with $32,000 beyond his contract and a “misleading” news release on his departure, according to reports released Friday by the state’s Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza.
George W. Reid was forced to resign from the board in 2012 for misusing his state-owned vehicle, among other things, but the board sent out a news release indicating he had stepped down for personal reasons.
The board had hired Reid for $193,000 a year, knowing he’d had his contract voided from Kentucky State University after he used university money there to pay for personal items, including a trailer hitch for his boat and a cat scratching post.
61. June 20, 2014
A just-released investigation by Illinois’ Inspector General’s office found that the former head of the state board of higher education abused public resources and wasted state funds, among other findings.
When the State Board of Higher Education announced in 2012 Dr. George Reid was stepping down as its director after only 18 months, a press release stated that it was for “personal reasons.” Reid supposedly wanted more time with his family.
In fact, the Office of Executive Inspector General found that he had been forced to resign, or face getting fired.
60. June 20, 2014
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken more than $59,000 in campaign donations from restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You, Enterprises (LEYE), reports the Chicago Tribune, and then helped LEYE land a deal inside Chicago’s O’Hare airport. In March, Obama’s former Chief of Staff attended a fundraiser hosted at a restaurant owned by Lettuce Entertain You and he received around $26,000 from the restaurant group’s founder Richard Melman and Melman’s family. The donations were given in five $5,300 parts because that is the maximum an individual can give under the state law. The other donations to the mayor’s re-election fund were given by “people and restaurants tied to Lettuce Entertain You.”
A week after receiving the donations from LEYE, Emanuel attended a re-opening ceremony for the terminal at Chicago’s O’Hare airport which features many restaurants from LEYE.
59. June 20, 2014
A lobbying firm with close ties to a key subcontractor hired to promote the nation’s health care law in Illinois is hosting a fundraiser for one of Gov. Pat Quinn’s top political donors, raising questions about “pay to play” politics amid the state’s highly competitive governor’s race.
The Roosevelt Group is hosting a breakfast fundraiser Tuesday for the Democratic Governors Association “honoring Pat Quinn,” according to an invitation sent out last week that lists suggested sponsorship levels of between $20,000 and $2,500. The Democratic Governors Association formed a political action committee last fall to support Quinn’s re-election and has contributed $260,000 to it so far this year. In 2010, the group gave about $1.8 million to Quinn — making it the Chicago Democrat’s second-biggest donor, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics.
Roosevelt Group was co-founded by its two partners, Mike Noonan and Victor Reyes. A third person, Maze Jackson, is a lobbyist for the company. The three own Compass Public Affairs, a political strategy consulting firm that has a $250,000 state subcontract for the “Get Covered Illinois” marketing campaign. The contract, which paid Compass at a rate of $282 per hour, may be renewed when it ends in August.
58. June 20, 2014
Penny Adams, 58, a former Macon County correctional officer, is facing up to 30 years in prison after she was arraigned Tuesday on two felony counts for allegedly giving a cellphone to a jail inmate.
Adams, a 25-year jail employee, was arrested May 16, after investigators discovered that she had been involved in a personal relationship with Willie B. Franklin Jr., 38, of Urbana, who was in federal custody on bank robbery charges. Adams resigned from her jail position the day she was arrested.
She is charged with unauthorized delivery of contraband in a penal institution by an employee, a Class X felony punishable by 10 to 30 years in prison.
57. June 19, 2014
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on June 18, 2014, Irma Jones, 67, of Centreville, Illinois, after a three day jury trial in the United States District Court in East St. Louis, was convicted by jury after less than one hour deliberation on all three counts of an indictment charging that she engaged in a scheme to defraud the Medicaid program. The three counts included health care fraud, making false statements in connection with a healthcare benefit program, and lying to investigating agents when confronted with her scam. Sentencing in this case is set for October 10, 2014. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release.
Evidence in Court showed that Jones was a Medicaid beneficiary and that she submitted false claims for Medicaid home health care services claiming that her daughter, who Jones falsely represented was her niece, provided services that were never performed. When investigators from the Illinois State Police, investigating federal charges, questioned Jones about the false billing, Jones lied to investigators.
56. June 19, 2014
In April, Mayor Rahm Emanuel stood in the newly remodeled Terminal 5 at O’Hare International Airport, unveiling the sparkling gateway as the newest evidence of Chicago’s global status.
The project developer predicted international fliers would generate big sales at the new shops and restaurants, thanks in part to the airport debut of famed local restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and its popular Chicago brands, including Wow Bao, Big Bowl and R.J. Grunts Burger and Fries.
Just a month earlier, Emanuel himself was at a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, records show, for a political fundraiser that earned him more than $26,000 from restaurant founder Richard Melman and his family. The money from the event at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab was part of more than $59,000 donated to the mayor’s re-election fund in March by people and restaurants tied to Lettuce Entertain You.
55. June 19, 2014
A judge set bail at $150,000 Thursday for a former Oak Park public school employee who was charged with stealing 47 iPad minis and other equipment that was intended to be used by students with special needs, according to district officials and authorities.
Markeita L. Beecher-Martin, 25, of Radcliff, Ky., surrendered to Oak Park police on Wednesday after a 10-month investigation by the police department, according to Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds. She was charged with theft, Reynolds said.
He said the police investigation found that Beecher-Martin was selling the computers on Craigslist.
54. June 19, 2014
A former 12th Ward worker is suing the city and Ald. George Cardenas (12th), alleging she was unjustly terminated in May after she answered FBI questions about “illegal hiring practices and other illegal operations” in Cardenas’ office.
Maria Chavez, who worked in the 12th Ward Public Service Office from May 3, 2003 until May 2, 2014, filed the lawsuit Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging, among other things, that the city and Cardenas violated the Illinois Whistleblower Act.
The lawsuit claims the city’s Inspector General initially received complaints that Cardenas was using city property and city employees to gather voters’ signatures and notarize petition sheets for his 2012 reelection.
53. June 19, 2014
Federal officials released incorrect and incomplete information about how new O’Hare International Airport flight paths would affect residents during a legally required period of public comment, the Chicago Sun-Times has found.
Nearly three-quarters of the figures in one key table — on the now-contentious issue of what percentage of traffic each runway will carry — were quietly changed online months after public hearings ended, the Sun-Times discovered.
Some changes doubled, tripled and even quadrupled the percentage of flights the runways were predicted to direct over Bensenville, Wood Dale, the city’s 41st Ward and Schiller Park by the time the $8 billion O’Hare Modernization Program is completed.
In addition, the Sun-Times found that the Federal Aviation Administration had the figures to calculate the actual number of flights each runway would carry but never produced those numbers at the legally required public hearings in 2005 on its draft environmental impact study of the project.
52. June 18, 2014
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s former comptroller, Amer Ahmad, has admitted in court in Pakistan that he forged documents to flee overseas.
But he will not be getting a slap on the wrist anytime soon for making a fake Pakistani National Identity Card and birth certificate, an official in the South Asian country said.
Ahmad, who fled to his parents’ homeland this spring, had his bail application for the crimes rejected by a judge in Lahore this week, according to Usman Anwar, the Punjab region director for the Federal Investigation Agency, Pakistan’s version of the FBI
51. June 18, 2014
Robert Delaney, whose tearful resignation a year ago as St. Clair County clerk followed allegations by female employees of repeated sexual harassment, was investigated in May after a bartender complained he grabbed her and tried to kiss her.
Delaney denies the woman’s allegation. And no charges will be filed because of a “lack of witnesses and evidence and conflicting statements,” according to a police report.
The 55-year-old, longtime Democrat was accused May 3 by a female employee of Knights of Columbus Council 592’s clubroom hall on Old Collinsville Road. The call to the O’Fallon Police Department came in just after noon as a complaint of “sexual assault” but was investigated as disorderly conduct.
In May, the county agreed to pay five female employees various portions of $665,000 as part of an agreement that none would sue the county over allegations that Delaney sexually harassed them by kissing them, touching them inappropriately or suggesting sexual relations. He also was accused of using language derogatory toward women and racially discriminating against minority employees.
50. June 17, 2014
Illinois lawmakers will decide Monday whether to subpoena a former official in Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration to answer questions about the Democrat’s anti-violence program.
Bloomington Republican Sen. Jason Barickman is co-chairman of the Legislative Audit Commission and a member of the subcommittee that will meet Monday. He says the panel will vote on whether to compel Barbara Shaw to answer questions about the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.
49. June 16, 2014
Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider said in April she knew nothing about potentially illegal patronage hiring at the state agency she runs.
Now, Schneider is refusing to discuss how her stepdaughter secured a job and promotion at the Illinois Department of Transportation – and whether the proper personnel procedures were followed.
Schneider was appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2011 to run the state agency, which maintains thousands of miles of roads across the state, and helps promote and regulate rail travel and airports in Illinois.
48. June 16, 2014
As an investigation into the Cook County Adult Probation Department ordered by the county’s chief judge begins, a focus will be the department’s little-known and controversial partnerships with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.
Joseph Gagliardo, whose Laner Muchin Ltd. law firm will conduct the investigation, said his team will look into allegations that the probation department has improperly partnered with those agencies and others on searches of homes.
“We are going to look at what’s going on in terms of these other law enforcement agencies,” Gagliardo said. “I don’t know if these instances are isolated or are they common practice.”
Chief Judge Timothy Evans, who oversees the court’s probation department, hired the law firm in May after a Tribune investigation found that probation officers for years have brought the FBI and others into probationers’ homes without warrants, looking for guns, drugs and information on gangs and crime, and leading to questionable and illegal searches.
47. June 16, 2014
In the wrestling business, when a grappler can’t take it anymore, they tap their hand on the mat as a signal of submission that they want to quit the match. On Monday, “tapping out” is just what a tag team of Orland Park public works employees has done.
Two employees have resigned two weeks after the I-Team found them working on the pro-wrestling circuit while on disability from their government jobs.
Since November, Dan Slewoski had been on paid medical leave from his $69,000-a-year job in the Village of Orland Park. And since February, his partner Frank Rollins Jr. had been on disability from the suburban village.
Rollins’ wrestling videos were shot with village equipment and are still on the Internet, but Rollins said “stroke-like conditions” prevented him from going to work with the public works department.
46. June 16, 2014
Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider said in April she knew nothing about potentially illegal patronage hiring at the state agency she runs.
Now, Schneider is refusing to discuss how her stepdaughter secured a job and promotion at the Illinois Department of Transportation — and whether the proper personnel procedures were followed.
Schneider was appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2011 to run the state agency, which maintains thousands of miles of roads across the state and helps promote and regulate rail travel and airports in Illinois.
45. June 15, 2014
When Mesirow Financial Services — a Chicago company that manages millions of dollars in pension funds for the state of Illinois — and its partners wanted to fight the property taxes on their new skyscraper, they called the law offices of Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan.
Madigan’s law firm saved the Mesirow group more than $1.7 million in real estate taxes by persuading Cook County officials to slash the value of the River North building by 60 percent soon after it opened nearly five years ago.
Mesirow no longer owns the building at 353 N. Clark that still serves as its headquarters. But the law firm of Madigan & Getzendanner has continued to save Mesirow money by getting the tax bills lowered for the building’s owner.
44. June 15, 2014
Federal investigators are gathering records across the suburbs regarding a municipal accountant at the center of a botched deal that cost taxpayers $10 million, the Tribune has learned.
According to interviews and records obtained by the newspaper, the U.S. attorney’s office ordered the suburbs of Riverdale, Dolton and Robbins to turn over contracts and payment records involving accountant Joseph Letke, a longtime, go-to financial adviser for several south suburbs. A letter accompanying one subpoena, delivered by an FBI agent, termed the request part of an “official criminal investigation.”
All three suburbs said they are cooperating. The FBI and U.S. attorney’s office declined comment. An email and a phone message left for Letke at one of his firms, Alli Financial, were not returned.
43. June 13, 2014
Michael Todd Norrington, 40, of Carterville, is accused of taking several photographs “under or through the clothing” of a 14-year-old child.
Norrington is the Carterville High School band director.
He was arrested Wednesday, charged with unauthorized video recording and is in custody pending a first appearance at 1:30 p.m. today in Jackson County court.
The alleged offenses occurred Tuesday in Jackson County. The class 3 felony carries a maximum penalty of 3 to 7 years in prison.
42. June 13, 2014
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said today he would notify federal investigators of what he called the first well-documented case of fraud at Hines Veterans Affairs Hospital.
At a press conference, Kirk introduced Michael Swan and said records from the VA hospital appeared to show that wait times for the Army veteran had been falsified.
“My worry is that this is part of the systemic culture of corruption inside the Hines VA,” Kirk told reporters. “I will be referring Michael’s details to the U.S. Attorney for possible inclusion in the ongoing Department of Justice investigation of the VA.”
41. June 13, 2014
An employee of the Franklin County Circuit Clerk’s Office has been arrested, State’s Attorney Evan Owens announced Friday.
Kendra Eickelman, 46, is charged with official misconduct and theft.
“On June 12, 2014 at 4:34 p.m., the Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office was notified by Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones that Kendra Eickelman, an employee at the Franklin County Circuit Clerk’s Office, had resigned and in the process of resigning, had told a fellow employee that “she had taken money…” while employed by Franklin County government,” Owens said.
Eickelman, a three-year employee in the office, was arrested this morning and is in the custody of the sheriff.
40. June 13, 2014
The former No. 2 person in Secretary of State Jesse White’s securities-regulation unit has agreed to plead guilty to federal health-fraud charges.
Marlene Liss, the former $75,000-a-year deputy director of the Office of Securities, signed a plea deal with federal prosecutors in Springfield saying she will confess to being part of a scheme in which she billed the Medicaid program for work as a home-health aide for hours when she was on Mr. White’s clock.
The matter falls under federal jurisdiction because Medicaid is partially funded by the federal government.
39. June 13, 2014
Get Covered Illinois has been hit by two scandals in as many days.
A recent Associated Press investigation into a $33 million federal grant to promote ObamaCare in Illinois revealed that “More than 90 people, including executives from the firm and its subcontractors, billed at least $270 an hour for salary and overhead during the first four months.” Not only do these hourly wage rates for public relations professionals seem excessive, but Illinois spent more on TV marketing and promotion than any other large state, according to the investigation.
On the heels of that story, Crain’s reported that a key subcontractor owned by three top Democrat strategists with close ties to Gov. Pat Quinn, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, Attorney General Lisa Madigan and former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley were not only billing at $282 per hour, but were authorized to take direction directly from the Governor’s office under a special provision of its contract.
38. June 13, 2014
Another former student in Freeburg has filed suit, claiming he was sexually abused by the schools superintendent who later killed himself.
This is the fifth student to make such claims.
The school district already has paid $5.6 million to settle several other lawsuits by former elementary students who claimed then-Superintendent Robin Hawkins molested them. As part of the settlements, the district denies any wrongdoing.
Hawkins killed himself in 2009 as police investigated claims of another male student.
In the latest suit, filed Wednesday in federal court in East St. Louis, a man identifying himself only as John Doe 4 alleges he was sexually abused at the Carl L. Barton Elementary School by Hawkins. The alleged abuse happened on school property from the spring of 2008 to the spring of 2009, when Doe was in the seventh and eighth grades.
37. June 12, 2014
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn received a robust re-election endorsement this week from dozens of Chicago area ministers, including at least two whose religious organizations got money from a much-criticized state anti-violence grant program.
Apostle Carl White spoke highly of Quinn during the endorsement session at a Hyde Park hotel meeting room. What went unsaid: a state audit found that a lead agency in the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative anti-violence program paid $1,000 for a golf outing put on by White’s Victory Christian International Ministries in April 2011.
36. June 12, 2014
A former top aide to Ald. Howard Brookins pleaded not guilty today to federal bribery and extortion charges.
Curtis V. Thompson Jr. was charged in March with accepting a $7,500 cash bribe from a undercover operative posing as a real estate developer seeking a liquor license for a convenience store in the 21st Ward.
Thompson was Brookins’ chief of staff at the time of the alleged payoff last December.
Brookins was not charged and has denied any wrongdoing.
35. June 11, 2014
Young job seekers in Chicago’s south suburbs stood to benefit from almost a half-million dollars awarded by Gov. Pat Quinn’s now-defunct anti-violence grant program that’s under investigation.
But some of that money went to a local government official with ties to Thornton Township Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli, a south suburban power broker and political supporter of Quinn, the Better Government Association found.
A nonprofit affiliated with Zuccarelli received the big grant from Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) with funds earmarked for mentoring and youth employment programs.
Also benefitting was another organization run by Thornton Township Youth Director Jerry Weems, a Zuccarelli underling and campaign contributor. Weems’ organization was paid almost $10,000 with NRI funds and Weems himself was paid additional salary with state grant money.
34. June 10, 2014
The FBI and two other federal agencies conducted raids in Illinois and two other states at charter schools run by Des Plaines-based Concept Schools, FBI officials said Tuesday.
Search warrants were executed at 19 Concept schools in connection with an “ongoing white-collar crime matter,” said Vicki Anderson, a special agent in the Cleveland FBI office that’s leading the probe.
The U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Communications Commission also were involved in the June 4 raids, but officials said the warrants remain under seal, and they wouldn’t give any details about the investigation.

If our seemingly endless stream of corruption news wasn’t enough to convince you that Illinois has a serious problem, the numbers are in. Illinois is the fourth-most corrupt state in the country, according to a recent study.
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University, estimates that corruption on the state level cost Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per capita over the 12-year period of 1997-2008.
To frame that data another way, the cost of corruption accounts for 5.2 percent of those states’ average expenditures over that time frame. That’s more than five cents from every public dollar that could have funded essential state services but instead went to lining the pockets of criminals.
Not surprisingly, Illinois is one of those 10-worst states – coming in fourth on the corruption list – preceded only by Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee, using data from 1976-2008. Another study from the University of Illinois at Chicago, which includes an additional two years of data, ranksIllinois as the third-most corrupt state.
“The results of this article suggest that preventing public officials’ corruption and restraining spending induced by public corruption should accompany other efforts at fiscal constraint,” the study’s authors write. Amid talks of pension reform, minimum wage hikes and slashing social services, this study highlights the importance of addressing corruption.
Not only is it an abuse of power and voter trust, corruption is estimated to cost Illinois taxpayers a total of $1.4 billion per year.
So far this month, we’ve tracked 33 corruption stories from around the state; from more VA corruption, to a state senator facing accusations of not living in his home district, to a state representative being convicted of accepting bribes.

33. June 12, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Peoria’s mayor and police chief alleging they violated free speech rights with a raid on the home of a man who created a parody Twitter account in the mayor’s name.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Peoria, seeks monetary damages on behalf of 29-year-old Jonathan Daniel.
Daniel set up the account in March. It included Mayor Jim Ardis’ photo, and in crude language, the tweets talked about sex and drugs. As part of the investigation, police officers raided a home and seized computers and phones.
Three people at the home were brought to a police station to be interviewed, as were two other people who were met by police at their workplaces.
32. June 12, 2014
Allegations in a federal lawsuit that crippled the gubernatorial campaign of Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford intensified on Thursday as an ex-worker broadened his claims to include the Mitt Romney for President campaign.
The sexual harassment and political intimidation lawsuit filed by Ed Michalowski, also contends that Rutherford maintained a “clout list” of interns, which allegedly included the names of politicians sponsoring the internship.
“We have no comment right now,” said Rutherford spokeswoman Mary Frances Bragiel.
The Romney allegations are that Rutherford, as Illinois chair of the Republican presidential candidate’s 2012 failed campaign, obligated state employees to work on the campaign or be retaliated against.
31. June 11, 2014
The $47,479 parting gift that former McHenry County Public Health Administrator Patrick McNulty received raised the blood pressure of a County Board committee.
McNulty, who retired at the end of May after 35 years with the McHenry County Department of Health, cashed in about 80 days of unused vacation time, or about four years’ worth, given the rate at which he accumulated it, according to records. While county government in 2006 significantly curtailed how much vacation time employees can carry over, the Board of Health at the time granted McNulty an exemption.
The fact that McNulty’s case is unique, and that allegations of other health department executives having similar deals turned out to be unfounded, was not much of a consolation to the County Board Public Health and Human Services Committee. Member Paula Yensen, who addressed the issue at Wednesday’s meeting after learning of it, said taxpayers gave him “a very nice going-away present.”
30. June 11, 2014
Two former CTA bus drivers are accused of submitting fake death certificates and stealing the identities of former co-workers in an attempt to take thousands of dollars in CTA retirement funds, the Attorney General’s office announced Wednesday.
Donella Anderson Watkins, 41, of Lansing, was charged with wire fraud, identity theft and continuing a financial crimes enterprise. Her husband, Sammie Watkins, 55, of Lansing, was charged with wire fraud and attempted identity theft, according to a release from Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office.
The couple appeared Wednesday in Cook County Criminal Court, officials said. Both were bus drivers, according to salary information posted on the CTA’s website. The couple was fired from the CTA in July 2013, a CTA spokeswoman said.
29. June 11, 2014
Young job seekers in Chicago’s south suburbs stood to benefit from almost half a million dollars awarded by Gov. Pat Quinn’s now-defunct anti-violence grant program that’s under investigation.
But some of that money went to a local government official with ties to Thornton Township Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli, who is a south suburban power broker known for turning out the vote and a political supporter of Quinn, the Better Government Association has found.
Thornton Township Youth Director Jerry Weems, a Zuccarelli underling and campaign contributor, got part of his salary paid with state grant money; got nearly $10,000 for his own nonprofit; and even more money — $3,600 — for a company owned by his sister-in-law.
28. June 11, 2014
The FBI and two other federal agencies conducted raids in Illinois and two other states at charter schools run by Des Plaines-based Concept Schools, FBI officials said Tuesday.
Search warrants were executed at 19 Concept schools in connection with an “ongoing white-collar crime matter,” said Vicki Anderson, a special agent in the Cleveland FBI office that’s leading the probe.
The U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Communications Commission also were involved in the June 4 raids, but officials said the warrants remain under seal, and they wouldn’t give any details about the investigation.
The raids targeted Concept schools in Illinois — where Concept has three schools in Chicago and one in Peoria — as well as in Indiana and Ohio.
27. June 10, 2014
State Rep. Derrick Smith was convicted today of pocketing $7,000 in a cash bribe in the days before he won the Democratic primary in 2012.
Jurors deliberated about four hours over two days before finding Smith guilty shortly before noon.
Under state law, Smith automatically loses his legislative seat with his conviction on felony counts of bribery and extortion. He was a lame duck legislator anyway since he lost the Democratic primary earlier this year.
Smith, 50, a longtime West Side political operative, becomes the latest in a long line of Illinois public officials caught trying to use his position to line his pockets.
He took what he thought was a kickback in exchange for writing a letter of support for a day care operator in his district to obtain a lucrative state grant, but it was ruse concocted as part of an FBI undercover investigation.
26. June 11, 2014
State Sen. Napoleon Harris owns a house befitting a former NFL linebacker and successful businessman: a $400,000 residence in an upscale subdivision in south suburban Flossmoor.
But Harris says he lives and votes from 10 miles away in blighted Harvey, residing in a townhouse on the pothole-pitted stretch of road that runs behind a strip mall that houses his district office and one of his Beggar’s Pizza franchises.
The two locations are strikingly different for a less obvious reason: The Flossmoor house sits outside the district Harris represents, while the Harvey town house is inside it. The Illinois Constitution requires that state lawmakers live in the districts they serve.
While no one has formally challenged Harris’ residency, records for each of his addresses, and his ambiguous responses to inquiries about who lives at them, leave room for doubt about where he resides.
Harris, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary this spring and has no opponent in the November election, seems all but certain to return to Springfield for his second term representing the 15th Senate District.
25.  June 10, 2014
A former Bloomington police officer’s refusal to answer a question during a trial was cited as the reason prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all charges against the defendant.
On the stand, VanHoveln asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when asked if reports in Drews’ case were forged.
VanHoveln’s lawyer, Stephanie Wong, said he did not respond because the question called for a legal conclusion. Charges against VanHoveln relate to 11 tickets allegedly forged in January and February 2014.
24.  June 9, 2014
An Illinois lawmaker placed his own welfare above his constituents by taking a $7,000 bribe from a day care operator seeking a state grant, a prosecutor said during closing arguments Monday.
An attorney for Rep. Derrick Smith, however, told jurors a campaign worker-turned-informant hoodwinked the Chicago Democrat to justify cooperation payments from his FBI handlers.
“He wasn’t going to commit a crime,” Victor Henderson said about his client. “That was something they fabricated.”
Prosecutor Marsha McClellan pooh-poohed the notion the 50-year-old was led astray against his will.
“There sits a defendant whose public face is one of service, but who privately wanted to use that office … to get cash into his pockets,” she said.
23. June 9, 2014
If Samuel V. Jones wasn’t a law professor, he might have put away his pen and pad when a deputy in Cook County Circuit Judge Laura Sullivan’s courtroom told him, “There is no note-taking in here.”
Instead, Jones ended up giving court officials a refresher course in the First Amendment.
He asked whether he had broken the law or disturbed anyone. He questioned deputies’ authority to confiscate his notes. They had no good answers. After detaining him for 30 minutes, they let him go, notes and all.
So he sat down and wrote about it. In a May 16 essay in the Tribune, Jones described his experience: He was ordered to sit on a bench, surrounded by officers, and told not to write or move. He also described the “abusive conduct” of deputies toward members of the public who were there to witness bond hearings.
It was a poor reflection on the judge and her courtroom, which is precisely the point.
22. June 9, 2014
A week after Curie High School won the city basketball championship, a Chicago Public Schools investigation revealed that seven Curie basketball players had been ineligible for the entire season because the correct paperwork hadn’t been filed.
The Sun-Times’ No. 1-ranked team was stripped of its city title and 24 victories for the season.
Now, a Sun-Times investigation has found that CPS officials can’t say for sure that basketball players at every school — including the top teams — were eligible. That’s because the school district is missing most of the paperwork required to show team and player eligibility, documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show. The district ignored initial requests for the data and later released it.
21. June 9, 2014
A college student who lost part of his leg after a car crashed because of black ice — allegedly caused by a water main leak — will receive a $5 million settlement from the City of Chicago, his attorneys said Monday.
Edwin Hill was waiting at a bus stop at Indiana Avenue and 95th Street on Nov. 20, 2008, when a Ford Mustang spun out on a patch of black ice and pinned him against a city light pole, according to a statement from the Corboy & Demetrio law firm, which represented Hill. The Chicago State University computer science student was heading to night classes at the time. His right leg had to be amputated above the knee because of the crash, his attorneys said.
The negligence lawsuit against the city claimed the ice came from a water main leak on 95th that had existed for months, but the city failed to repair in a timely manner.
Two business owners were ready to testify that the city received previous complaints about the leak, Hill’s attorneys said. The city denied it had written complaints about the leak.
20. June 9, 2014
A Peoria police officer is under investigation after a May 20 incidence in which he killed a pit bull after shooting the dog multiple times. Police went to the home of Terry L. Sally, eventually arresting her on charges of obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her pit bull was shot multiple times after allegedly coming after one of the responding officers. The multiple gunshots and death of the dog has prompted an internal investigation as a group protested in front of the Peoria Police Department on Monday.
Sally has refuted the claim that the pit bull posed a threat to the officers, while Assistant Police Chief Jerry Mitchell reiterated that all Peoria officers receive annual firearms training, including addressing physical threats.
19. June 9, 2014
According to new audit figures, nearly 900 veterans have requested appointment at Illinois’ Veterans Administration hospitals in the past decade but not received them.
Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk says the audit is proof of a “toxic culture of corruption” throughout the department. Among the worst offenders is a VA hospital in Marion, to which 494 patients requested, but did not receive, an appointment.
18. June 7, 2014
Gov. Pat Quinn has asked a federal court to reject Michael Shakman’s challenge to state hiring, saying the Chicago anti-patronage attorney has no authority to raise questions and seeks resolution that would unnecessarily disrupt government and undermine gubernatorial authority.
The Democratic governor’s request, which blames the now-imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich for any misconduct in hiring, was filed late Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
Shakman, author of a landmark 1972 court decree prohibiting political hiring in Cook County government, renewed his suit against Quinn in April. It claims the administration violated the Shakman decree and another that regulates state hiring by improperly considering politics in employment and promotion at the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Shakman wants an investigation completed and a “special master” appointed to monitor and ensure proper hiring at all agencies under the governor’s control, a move Quinn’s lawyers reject as superfluous and threatening to duties — in this case, hiring — entrusted to government officials.
17. June 7, 2014
Last week, the SEC accused UNO and its charter-school network of defrauding investors who bought $37.5 million in bonds in 2011. UNO officials failed to disclose to bond-holders that they had given grant-funded contracts worth millions of dollars to a company owned by a brother of Rangel’s top deputy, Miguel d’Escoto.
According to the SEC, that deal and contracts with another d’Escoto brother potentially threatened UNO’s ability to repay bond-holders, if the state had demanded the return of tens of millions of dollars already spent building new schools.
After the Chicago Sun-Times revealed the insider deals in February 2013, state officials ultimately froze the remaining $15 million from the $98 million grant but didn’t demand a refund. Rangel and d’Escoto were forced out.
16. June 7, 2014
New emails from prior to the 2010 gubernatorial election shed light on Gov. Pat Quinn’s much-maligned $54 million anti-violence program. The emails show that the administration attempted to move tax dollars into the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative in the weeks leading up to the November 2010 election, which Gov. Quinn eventually won by the narrowest of margins.
Emails from the former head of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, Barbara Shaw, expose her attempting to move money into the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative three weeks prior to the election. However, her efforts were cut short due to “insufficient funds” after the voucher request was made.
15. June 7, 2014
The Rock Island County state’s attorney has asked Illinois State Police to investigate allegations of pension fraud in the county.
John McGhee, adding that the investigation is “preliminary,” met with state police on June 6 to provide them with documents to review. He reviewed the documents before handing the case to the state police. He said Hoskins raised “questions as it relates to those pension accounts dealing with forest preserve commissioners.”
14. June 6, 2014
The City Council’s Progressive Caucus has asked for a public hearing into allegations the Chicago Police Department has exaggerated a drop in crime.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has said, despite widely reported shootings in the city, the overall homicide rate is the lowest it has been in decades.
Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd), a member of the council’s Progressive Caucus, wants a closer look at the numbers, and he and six members of the caucus have asked Ald. James Balcer (11th), who chairs the Public Safety Committee, to hold hearings into the city’s crime statistics.
“We want to find what the public view is of crime classification, and reporting practices of the Chicago Police Department, because there’s a lot of issues dealing with the integrity of what the public is being told,” Fioretti said.
13. June 6, 2014
The Federal Railroad Administration has launched a 45-day investigation into safety practices at the Metra commuter railroad system. While none of the three incidents resulted in an accident or injuries, each train engineer involved lost certification for 30 days.
“Three incidents serious enough to warrant decertification and in such a short period of time– warrant immediate action,” FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo said.
12. June 5, 2014
Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced charges against a former Grundy County official for stealing $44,000 in county funds to spend on personal shopping trips, meals at restaurants and visits to hair and nail salons.
Renae Chronister, 45, of Morris, appeared today in Grundy County Criminal Court before Judge Robert Marsaglia to face one count of theft, a Class 1 felony, and one count of official misconduct, a Class 3 felony.
11. June 5, 2014
Fourteen people in Southern Illinois were charged today with defrauding the Medicaid home services program in Illinois by claiming money they were not owed.
U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton of the Southern District of Illinois announced the indictments today. As a result of ongoing investigations, both personal care assistants and Medicaid recipients were found to have committed fraud.
The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and up to 3 years of supervised release.
“Many of these individuals just don’t get it – they either don’t care or don’t believe me when I say we will continue to investigate and root out those defrauding the program,” said U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton in a statement.
10. June 5, 2014
An investigation into allegations that Naperville City Manager Doug Krieger made “racially offensive” comments was recently completed. While the finding verified that an off-color joke by Krieger was promptly investigated and Krieger completed harassment prevention and awareness training, another staff member is the subject of more serious assertions.
The unnamed staff member was taken off city payroll on May 2 and is accused of an array of sexually inappropriate behaviors in a three-page memo. The employees comments reportedly created an anxiety level that routinely caused coworkers to cry or vomit.
9. June 4, 2014
A former Des Plaines police commander accused of padding DUI arrest records to obtain federal grant money for the police department plead guilty to a lesser charge in federal court today.
Timothy Veit, 57, faces a maximum sentence of up to one year in prison after entering a guilty plea to a misdemeanor of violating Title 18 of the U.S. Code involving embezzlement and theft of public money.
The Mount Prospect resident initially was charged with one felony count of making false statements, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
8. June 4, 2014
In response to a video series about special education students filmed inside a Chicago Public School, a group of child advocates have asked the Illinois State Board of Education to investigate possible violations of the children’s privacy.
But the Local School Council chair who invited the filmmakers to Montefiore Special Elementary School, 1310 S. Ashland Ave., without the district’s consent said he wanted to show the need for more therapeutic services in the district and the benefits Montefiore can provide.
A long list of disability-rights advocates — including attorneys and members of Access Living, Equip for Equality and the Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois — asked the state board whether CPS or the school violated the rights of Montefiore students under the state’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. They allege episodes captured in the eight-part series by VICE Media, called “Last Chance High” and posted to YouTube starting in March, reveal problems with how some staff treat Montefiore’s 7th through 9th graders.
7. June 3, 2014
It has been a busy day in federal court.
Two state representatives, one current and one who quit, are fighting charges.
State Representative Derrick Smith was heard cussing quite a bit on undercover audio recordings, allegedly making arrangements to write a recommendation letter for a $7,000 bribe.
At one point, he calls himself unorthodox because he also wants to take care of his pals.
Then there was former State Representative Keith Farnham of Elgin pleading not guilty to child pornography charges, but his lawyer said later that could change.
6. June 3, 2014
The pile of 70 crisp $100 bills had been neatly stacked into bundles.
“One, two, three, four, five — damn, stuck together, six, seven,” the federal mole counted out loud, as he handed over an alleged $7,000 bribe to state Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago.
“You don’t want me to give you yours now?” Smith replied as they sat together in his parked car on a West Side street.
5. June 3, 2014
A federal judge in Ohio has ordered that $107,000 be seized from the bank accounts of former Chicago city comptroller Amer Ahmad, who was arrested in Pakistan last month after fleeing the country.
The money, held in two bank accounts controlled by Ahmad, will become part of the convicted former city official’s $3.2 million restitution, according to a ruling issued by U.S. District Judge Michael Watson. Investigators located the money, and a federal magistrate ordered it seized on May 1, days after Ahmad had been arrested in Pakistan.
Pakistani officials have said they arrested Ahmad at an airport in Lahore where they say he was trying to enter the country on a forged Mexican passport and forged Pakistani visa. Those offenses can carry up to seven years in prison in Pakistan, according to the country’s Federal Investigation Agency.
4. June 3, 2014
Metra has removed two engineers from duty after two recent incidents on the Rock Island Line in which passengers reported being alarmed when their trains suddenly tilted precariously, the commuter rail agency said Tuesday.
One passenger told the Tribune that riders “collectively gasped” as the train listed to the side and seemed on the verge of derailing.
“It was scary as hell,” said Paul Bedell, 53, a longtime commuter from Tinley Park. “There was a gradual tilt, to the point where we knew something was wrong.”
3. June 3, 2014
A federal judge has tossed out a sexual harassment lawsuit against Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford — but has given his accuser little more than a week to file a new lawsuit.
Lawyers for Edmund Michalowski, a former employee of the Treasurer’s office who says Rutherford made unwanted sexual advances, described the judge’s ruling as “merely procedural in nature” and said they would file a new complaint before the deadline.
U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow gave Michalowski until June 12 to re-file.
2. June 1, 2014
Costello isn’t suspected of breaking the law. There is nothing prohibiting a former U.S.Congressman from working as a paid lobbyist. Costello made a good point in the story by explaining that his knowledge and experience have value to his clients, including those he helped while in Congress.
It wasn’t surprising to learn one of his clients was Boeing, which is paying him $10,000 per month as a lobbyist for the aerospace giant. Costello led a group of Illinois congressman to challenge a decision by the U.S. Air Force to award a $35 billion contract for an aerial refueling tanker to a European company. Eventually the decision was reversed and the contract was awarded to Boeing in 2011, a decision Costello publicly praised.
It also wasn’t terribly surprising to learn Costello is part of a lobbying team being paid $25,000 per month to protect Scott Air Force Base from an impending wave of military base closings. He succeeded in past efforts to ensure the survival of Scott and has a deep and broad pool of knowledge about the air base. Scott is a major economic engine for all of Southern Illinois and the region’s business community is wise to protect the air base, wise to hire the best possible lobbyists.
1. June 1, 2014
The city inspector general’s office has settled a complaint by a former employee who alleges she was sexually harassed by a superior and fired for trying to organize a union at a watchdog agency that normally dishes out reprimands for bad behavior in other city departments.
The city Law Department agreed to pay former inspector general investigator Sarah Hofsommer $99,999.99 in exchange for Hofsommer dropping her complaints with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Labor Relations Board. The settlement was one penny less than the amount that would have required City Council approval.
As part of the settlement, Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s office did not admit guilt in either case. Law Department spokeswoman Shannon Breymaier said Ferguson “vigorously disputes the claims made.”


Dear Readers;

One of the more interesting tactics the ARDC has taken to, is to repeatedly send me their crappy papers decrying their lack of appreciation for this blog because it tells all that goes on in probate, it told the “secrets” of the Sykes case, that it had no jurisdiction, there was a safe deposit box drilled out by the Guardian, emptied and no one told the judge about that, that $1 million in valuable coins are missing per the records of the estate attorney (Ditkowsky), the judge refused discovery to opposing parties, the case was railroaded.

If there has been attorneys and judges acting badly in probate, you heard it here.  The public has a right to know and be warned, esp. if the court of appeals and Illinois Supreme Court do nothing, the ARDC does nothing and even covers up.

The ARDC was granted subpoena power to solve the missing coins of the Sykes case and instead it moved to quash Gloria’s and my subpoenas in a shameful move.

It railroaded Ken Ditkowsky’s case, shamefully twisting around his letter to Dr. Patel and making a mockery out of justice.

Well apparently opposing counsel Mr. Steve Splitt could not deal with the massive record on appeal, I have seen him in oral argument and he was quite fastidious in Ken’s appeal on getting the vast majority of facts correct and cited to the record.  So now apparently he is in a crunch.

So what is the status of my case?

Well apparently the ARDC has taken to serving me no less than 3 or 4 times, sometimes in person, once even at court in front of a client! (who knows all about their trickery and supports me in all I do, so to them it is proof of the false persecution by the ARDC) with a Petition for my Interrim (Immediate) suspension for running this blog not to their liking:

here is the current status:

And if you read thru the documents, here is the statement that proves according to Jerome Larkin, Melissa Smart, Sharon Opryszek and now Steven Splitt I AM STILL THE MOST DANGEROUS BLOGGER IN ILLINOIS

Favorite statement (everyone likes this one)

It appearing…that a complaint has been voted against you by the Inquiry Board; that you have violated the Rules of Professional Conduct; that you have engaged in conduct involving fraud or moral turpitude or which threatens irreparable injury to the public, your clients or the orderly administration of justice…[we basically want to suspend you right away.  NOW.  Get the blankety blankety out].

Most of my clients can’t believe it at all, so I’m having them write up declarations for the Illinois Supreme Court.  Here are a few:

All of the comments are unsolicited.  I am still waiting for more affidavits and declarations to come back and then I will publish.

I currently have 30 + clients I have promised pro bono work that need it. Will the ARDC and Ill. Supreme Court help these people when I am gone.

I have plenty of patent work to do.  I could have just done that since Nov. of 2011 when I created this blog, just to be selfish, to look the other way.  But I stepped up and took my oath as an attorney and counselor seriously, so I had to help the disableds and their families who had no one to turn to.

So you can you.  Please sign my declaration and return it and I’m sure that one day I can help you too.

And if the ARDC suspends me and they get their way, I will promise to blog as much as I can, watch the proceedings in court and talk to the victims as much as I can without giving any legal advice.  One of the issues that the ARDC isn’t counting on is the fact once I am suspended then I can approach people in the hall ways and give them brochures and business cards and ask if they have complaints about the probate system and I will be glad to publicize their own stories.  I hope to collect a lot more stories about probate this way.

I will continue to support the disabled victims of probate and their families and try to find them other low cost or pro bono counsel, tho it’s very hard. There are 83,000+ attorneys in Illinois and few are interested in pro bono work and fewer still will go up against the probate cabal.

While there is a sore need for what I do, there is little chance of help coming to you many probate victims out there.

While the Illinois Supreme Court says it wants to help the little guy, make the courts more just, it appears to be little more than lip service with the fact that the ARDC does nothing, helps in the cleansings and cover ups, SCOI appoints Zimmerman to “investigate” the ARDC problems–an attorney known to do nothing, and the beat goes on.

I can do only what I am allowed to do.  I will continue to blog.  I will continue to pray and hold vigils for victims and their terrorized families.

As for me, I will be happily writing patents as a patent agent and probably working on some of my own patents to make more money.

What I currently do with this blog and in probate is exhausting work with little pay, so working on the blog and patents will be a relief for me, even though I know you all probate victims will suffer for it. I will continue to pray for you.



Survey says Illinois Nursing Homes are the worst….but the money is just too darned good.

So then why does anyone put an elder in a nursing home in Illinois?

Let me tell you why.  It’s the worst kept secret.

Everyday Guardians in Probate put their disableds into nursing homes–often against their will.  (Wyman, Gore, Drabik, etc.)  This is not the law.  The Americans with Disabilities act 42 USC 12203 says that there must be reasonable accommodations to enable a disabled person to live fully as a normal bodied one.  The US DOJ put out a missive that major efforts, if at all possible, should be made to ensure that disableds age in place. (published elsewhere on this blog).  So what gives?

Big business gives, that is. It costs about $1,000 per month to house and feed a senior on cheap food. The staff to patient ratio is about 10 to 1. So if no one cares, grandma and grandpa go straight to the nursing home, against their will and with the full support of mega nursing home care.

It’s the worst kept secret in the US.

And where is the 18th floor Cook County Probate Court on all of this?  Right in the trenches with big business.  In the Frake case, they have taken a large, strong physical man right before a guardianship, he has suffered unknown pain in his hip (which Ted Rhodes denies), and he is being drugged on psychotropic drugs to the point his son visits and says his voice is barely audible and all dad says to him is he wants to die!  He is now a weak, debilitated, frail man in a wheelchair with leg and arm muscles mostly atrophied just a year or so later after the nursing home call.

The family is aghast (sister Semrow, counsin Mike Messer) but nothing is ever done.  Judge Quinn sends reports of abuse right back to the abusers (Rhodes, Kerry Peck, etc.) and everything goes no where in circles.

Father Frake wants to live at home.  He flew into a rage one day when 2 of the caretakers sent over by Tom Kleinhenz had sex in his guest bedroom.  So who was punished for this?  The workers?  Mr. Kleinhenz?  For sure not. Judge Quinn sent Father Frake to Sunrise Nursing home where he likely suffered a fall, was confined to a wheelchair due to undiagnosed hip pain (son Frake report) and he was also chemically restrained and kept in a wheelchair.  His eyes are dilated, he can barely lift his head and he tells his son he wants to die.  Of course Rhodes/Peck denies all this as Quinn sends reports of abuse back to the abusers!

You can’t make this tragic stuff up.

So the nursing homes will continue to trap and sedate. The probate court will funnel and make the nursing homes owners happy and no one will ever find out if the attorneys and/or the judges own any interests in nursing homes that support this evil, massive, big business.  No one will ever report on the dividends paid to the judges and the court appointed attorneys that make a bee line for funneling the elderly into this profit heavy (and medicare fraud heavy –see gillman and other articles) nursing homes.

Go figure

From a former Ala. State Supreme Court Judge–what happense when judges are for sale (campaign contributions)

In this particular article, this judge explains how impossible it is to raise the $5 million (yes, that’s millions) to run for the Alabama Surpreme Court and how she felt when she had to collect campaign dollars (mostly from the lawyers and their firms in front of her) in order to win a successful campaign, and then how she felt biased afterward when ruling on cases in an impartial manner.

It brings up the concept of the courts being for sale and being big business.

Will we have to go to 2 court systems–one for big business and one for the individual?  Would that solve the problem?  Right now, according to recent studies, corporations win over individuals 70% of the time, which is a huge change to the 60/40 split of years gone by.

This judge talks openly and honestly about constantly asking for contributions and having to deal with money and lawyers that appear before her.

The problem is obvious to one on the 18th floor of the daley center


This photo says it all:


Seminars — from Elder Justice Center Cook County at Daley Center


There is still space available for the two attached March “Free” Senior Enrichment Seminars:

            Thursday, March 5, 2015 – (11:30 am – 1:00 pm)

Topic:              “Caring for Grandchildren: Guardianship and Visitation

Location:           Courtroom 2005 – 20th Floor

            Thursday, March 19, 2015 – (11:30 am – 1:30 pm)

Topic:              “Financial Literacy“

Location:           Room CL-115 – Concourse Level

                        Call the Elder Justice Center at (312) 603-9233 to reserve your seat.  

Please mark your calendar for the above seminar dates.  I would also appreciate it if you would begin sharing information on the above seminars with your friends, family and colleagues to ensure that this important information is made available to all who may be interested in learning more about the above topics.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me.

Thank you,

Ernestine Durham

Court Coordinator

Cook County Elder Justice Center

50 West Washington Street

Concourse Level – Room CL16

Chicago, Illinois 60602

Phone:  (312) 603-9233


From Glenda Martinez, she begs us to just say no to psychotropic drugging of our elders

Dear Glenda;

Thanks so much for writing the wonderful letter below and sharing it with our readers.  We pray that you and Alan win on appeal and he will come home and away from his abusers.


March 4, 2015

Kathryn McCarten,
Director nurses, Life Care nursing home
Dear Kathryn,

Re: Col J. Alan Smith
As the supervisor for nurses at the Life Care nursing home,  I am sure you have knowledge of the harm that drugging frail and elder patients can provoke severe and deleterious consequences. 

I am therefore sending you these 6 articles at bottom of page, about the harm of the drugging of patients with any kind of psychotropic drugs as it is obvious Col. Alan Smith is being drugged into a stupor with.

 I understand, Alan Smith, for months now, cannot many times respond to voice nor touch due to his being under these drugs.  As you can see by reading some of these articles, this drugging harms the brain, heart, kidneys and other vital organs and will lead to sudden death!

And to further the abusive mandates of the ignorant predatory guardian, Col. Alan Smith has also been inflicted with an unnecessary harmful operation to implant a feeding tube into his stomach, something that is painful, extremely dangerous and has been frowned upon by the general medical community, as an antiquated procedure that can cause grave consequences, infections, and provokes an earlier death in elders.

To top the viciousness of this deviant guardian, Col. Smith is also viciously being kept isolated from family members and friends, from Church Pastors, and even on his birthday and the Holidays, Alan Smith was not allowed visitors to see him nor bring him birthday gifts nor wish him a happy birthday and Holidays. 

No one was allowed to see nor to bring Alan some consolation in this involuntary, harmful, virtual imprisonment and isolation in a nursing home in which all Alan’s direly needed physical, speech and cognitive therapies have not taken place for over a year now;  Col. Smith’s appropriate medical treatment has not taken place while he has been been neglectfully let to painfully languish on a bed leading him towards premature death.

As a professional, responsible and God fearing woman that I believe you are Kathryn, please make note of this communication and please duly pass it on to Dr. Galdames, Dr. Hammond and any other doctors, nurses, staff and the Business director, to be informed why this heavy drugging and harmful procedures need to be stopped immediately and prevent further damage and/or death if continuing.

As you can probably surmise, all this abuse under the supervision of this exploiter criminal guardian, is also taking a toll on me and my prior good health is beginning to suffer greatly.

Please see how Col. Smith can be helped through all this, and our thanks in advance, and may God who sees all,  Bless you and other kind persons at Life Care nursing home.  

We plead not to let this neglect and abuse continue, please.  All my loved one Alan Smith and I want,  is for my husband Alan to return to our happy and healthy life in our home, with all needed affection, emotional and physical care needs carefully met,  under his personal doctor’s and my supervision, in our home.
Col smith has a right to be in the comfort of his own home and oto spend the rest of his life as he so declared on his Durable Power of attorney and his Health Care Surrogate, where he wanted me to make all and any decisions if he became unable to do so.

Col Smith bravely defended this nation in Vietnam and had a brilliant military career, is a decorated medal award winner and deserves the best for having exposed his life to defend this Nation and for all of us. WE CANNOT TURN OUR BACKS ON A MEDAL AWARD DECORATED VETERAN OF OUR NATION.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call me or email me at your convenience, my cell is 786xxxx and my email is  Thank you.


Glenda Martinez-Smith
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And while Illinois is protecting animals better (great idea) how about grandma and grandpa?

And now while the State of Illinois state’s attorney offices has decided to protect Fluffy and Fido and that’s a great idea, no dog or cat or kitten or puppy should ever be left out in extreme heat or cold all day (unless it’s a breed that does well, for example huskies do well and enjoy extreme cold and like to have plenty of play that is work for them, and Marie Coon Cats can do well in extreme cold.  Likewise short haired chihuahua’s and hairless or Sphynx cats do well 90 degrees or above with water.

But grandma and grandpa have no protection from predators.  Mary Sykes is in a place she never intended and when Ken Ditkowsky brought up the fact that he was advised during estate planning Mary had $1million in valuable collectible coins, the ARDC and courtroom 1804 and the attorneys appointed there worked strenuously to quash repeated subpoenas.

The ARDC refused to use its subpoena powers during my trial and Ken’s trial to find the coins.  In addition, they moved during my trial to quash subpoenas to the bank.

The ARDC is supposed to be a truth and fact finder of highest integrity and ethics, and yet they repeatedly move to quash crucial evidence in an underlying case?

So, I am glad that cats and dogs can now go straight to the states attorneys to protect them from freezing, cold and starvation. That is indeed a good thing.  they cannot speak for themselves.

But what about grandma and grandpa under the current regime of target, isolate, medicate, eliminate?

Watch this woman talk about going to her parents to try to visit, the police are called and there is no protective order against the visit, she tries to film what the guardians and attorneys are doing to her parents, the police falsely arrest her (this is Florida now, they ask her for her expensive video camera (they are not supposed to do this), she says no (better technique, ask  if you will be arrested for failure to do so, if the answer is yes, offer to delete the footage and then delete something else–it’s all illegal), and then document what happened.

These case are so tied in, they are tied in with the police also.  Note this is what happened to me in the Sykes case–asked to delete important footage taken of Mary indicating her higher cognitive thinking.

It is my understanding more footage will be coming.  I will most likely post a page after I have seen it all.


From Iowa–another family member denied visitation on a whim and without a court order

As we all know, guardians deny visitation up and down, left and right, esp. when they want to put the disabled in a horrible nursing home, or isolate them, or abuse them by failing to diagnose certain conditions (Johnnie Durham, Alan Frake, etc.) and seek medical help.

Mary Sykes is still being isolated from 20+ former friends and family, for no good reason. Gloria has not seen her own mother she loving cared for and was a best friend with, for years now. All she gets is bizarre court orders, the run around and no where near her beloved mother.

What is really amazing to me, is that everyone knows this, but they let CT continue to be the guardian.  If Gloria complains, they had the report of abuse right back to the abuser (guardian/and guardian’s attorney). The same is being done in the Al Frake case.

This blog would not exist unless there were serious violations of human and civil rights involved and the loss of personal liberties.

And for reporting the blog, Jerome Larkin, head of the Illinois ARDC suspended Ken Ditkowsky’s law license and is trying to get mine!

The law is clear. See the case quotes below:

Only those comments that pose a “serious and imminent threat” of interference with the fair administration of justice can be constitutionally proscribed”
 We can note that lawyers involved in investigations or trials often are in a position to act as a check on government by exposing abuses or urging action. It is not sufficient to argue that such comment can always be made later since immediate action might be necessary and it is only when the litigation is pending and current news that the public’s attention can be commanded.
 Again there is the importance of the time factor in terms of gaining the public’s attention. Ideally, we would want such views expressed in the abstract without reference to the particular case that is pending. Practically, it may not always be possible to differentiate the two. Still, we should recognize the importance of such criticism.
We do recognize the great benefits derived from allowing uninhibited comment by knowledgeable attorneys involved in civil litigation. This is the same type of recognition embodied in the First Amendment.
Chicago Council of Lawyers v. Bauer

And yet the guardians and abusers continue to get away with the scheme of target, medicate, isolate and eliminate with a quick cremate to destroy evidence.

I am not to speak of this under the attorney code of silence.  I can’t say that my trial at the the ARDC was a complete travesty of justice, a kangaroo court where transcripts were changed, a Judge had to “suddenly retire” right after, the subject of the litigation had no jursidction and continues to have no jurisdiction (Sykes–call the Sheriff’s department ask for a summons and complaint upon Mary Sykes, there is none), the ARDC 3 main witnesses have been continualy complained about in all major probate new blogs and their conduct decried, yet I am not to say anything.  Ken Ditkowsky is not to say anything about how his trial was pretty much the same, with no proof of lies, these were manufactured in a decision by the powers that be to cover up what the ARDC does not want the public to know–that probate is a target, isolate, medicate, elimate and then a quick cremation business.  We are not to say that the phrase “assets must be sold to help the disabled” is code for “judge, we want a lot of attorneys fees.”  In Sykes and at my trial, the Tribunal did whatever it could, made rash decisions to ban witnesses and evidence–to cover up the fact that a $700,000 home was appraised in Jan. then sold in Mar. for $215k–and all the proceeds went to attorneys fees, or just about all. The attorneys were so greedy, they went after a family member’s money to pay an addition $107k+ in attorneys fees to Fischel in Kahn.

But what did they tell the judge at just about every hearing to ask to liquidate?  The money was needed for Mary’s care.  No it wasn’t.  Most probate attorneys would rather stuff a disabled in a dirty, nasty inattentive nursing home with a staff to patient ratio of 1 to 10 rather than let a dime in attorneys fees escape them and it’s the honest truth.

A truth so dangerous, this IS the most dangerous blog in Illinois and the truth of the Sykes case is the most dangerous truth in Illinios because it directly exposes greed, corruption, lack of honest services, a string of felonies, as Ken says where there is no jurisdiction and Mary is in a place she never put in her advance directives.  As in the Wyman case, it was all against her will.

So today, please take a stand for this poor woman and her beloved diabled brother in Iowa where some out of control, Abuse of Power Guardian has banned her from seeing her beloved brother–all without a court order.

I say we have to pray for us all.

And then some.