As you know, for over a decade, the OPG and Probate court and various probate guardianship judges have terrorized Amelia and Dean Sallas. Dean Sallas is 84 years old and physically disabled. The OPG/Probate court have split up this couple and Amy Sallas has been isolated from her beloved husband of over a half century through various nefarious court orders. Amy has long recovered from her stroke of over a decade ago. She soon returned home from the hospital and after a few months of rest, resumed her household duties of caring for her husband and doing the household cooking, cleaning and laundry, yet her guardianship continued on even though her husband repeatedly protested she did not need a guardianship. A few years ago, Amy was put in a locked down ALF.
The story has been made public on social media and see how the OPG/judges/lawyers complain that, heaven forbid, the public has become aware of the case and is protesting this case, much the same as the “free Brittney” case but on a much lesser scale.
The lawyers and judges in this case have repeatedly stolen from Dean Sallas and deprived him of the loss of care and comfort of his wife for years now.
Please continue to write Judge Boliker at Cook County Court, 50 W. Washington St, Chicago, IL 60601 and the Office of Public Guardian, 69 W. Washington St, Chicago IL 60602 and continue to object to the handling of this couple.
They know the public is watching their criminal activity. The Sallas’ deserve to live their life in peace without the guardianship court making repeated statements that Dean “has no rights” and he cannot interfere with their dasterdly schemes.
Dean Sallas has recently filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, and this is all the fault of the OPG, the guardianship court and a foreclosure judge that would rubber stamp the foreclosure of a banana.
RECENT COURT TRANSCRIPT
1 STATE OF ILLINOIS )
2 COUNTY OF COO K )
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS
COUNTY DEPARTMENT, PROBATE DIVISION
IN THE ESTATE OF:
AMEL IA SALLAS,
a disabled person.)
No. 07 P 5360
REPORT OF RECORDED VIDEO CONFERENCE
PROCEEDINGS had at the matter of the above-entitled
cause, before the HONORABLE SHAUNA BOLIKER, Judge of
said Court, on the 8th day of February, A.D., 2022.
MS DAWN LAWKOWSKI-KELLER and
MS. LISA CASANOVA,
appeared on behalf of Cook County Public
Guardian’s Office, guardian of the Estate
MS. AMY GESDAHL,
appeared on behalf of Advocate Guardianship
MS EVE EPSTEIN,
appeared as Court-appointed Guardian ad Litem;
MR. DEAN SALLAS appeared pro se.
23 Sharon M. Rodrigo, CSR # 084-002233
Official Court Reporter
24 Circuit Court of Cook County
County Department, Probate Division this is going to be
1 THE COURT: This is Amelia Sallas, 07 P 5360.
2 MS CASANOVA: Good morning, Judge. Lisa Casanova
4 the Public Guardian’s Office. The public guardian is
5 successor plenary guardian of the estate and person.
6 MS LAWKOWSKI-KELLER: Dawn Lawkowsi-Keller, also
7 from the Cook Counby Public Defender’s Office.
8 MS EPSTEIN: Eve Epstein, E-p-s-t-e-i-n. I’m the
9 court-appointed guardian ad litem.
10 MS GJESDAHL: Good morning, Amy Gjesdale,
11 G-j-e-s-d-a-l-e. I formerly represented Josh Mitzen as
12 guardian of the person. I have a petition for
13 memorandum of judgment pending this morning.
Dean Sallas, husband to Amy Sallas.
Is there somebody there also with you,
16 Mr Sallas?
17 MR SALLAS: I don’t see anybody, no.
18 THE COURT: Okay. Thank you. Okay.
19 MS CASANOVA: Judge, we also have a petition
20 regarding disbursement. Maybe we should take
21 Ms Gjesdale’s matter first.
22 THE COURT: Okay. I have both petitions before me
23 if you want to go ahead, Ms Gjesdale.
24 MS GJESDAHL: Yes, your Honor. I filed this
1 petition for memorandum of judgment regarding two
2 outstanding fee orders that were entered granting fees
3 from the estate of Amelia Sallas to Dutton Casey &
5 The Public Guardian’s Office did make two
6 payments totalling $2,000 towards those fee orders, but
7 there’s an outstanding balance of $8,810.50. We are
8 asking that a memorandum of judgment be entered against
9 the estate related to the Skokie, Illinois property of
10 4110 Suffield Court, Skokie, Illinois.
I don’t have an objection. That
13 property, it’s in foreclosure. But sure, that’s fine.
14 THE COURT:
15 judgment will be
19 And they can’t
All right. So the memorandum of
I object, your Honor.
Go ahead, Mr Sallas.
I don’t owe these people any money.
I’m not under the jurisdiction of
20 this Court. And you cannot order them to pay funds to
21 them that I don’t owe.
24 tear-down title.
Your Honor, if I may —
To put a lien on my house would be a
That’s a fact. You might as well be
1 asking the local gardener to pay Josh Mitzen’s legal
3 Why is the guardian not paying it? And why is
4 Mr Mitzen What are you looking to embellish me and
5 harm me? That’s illegal.
6 You have no rights under the statute,
7 especially 755 ILCS 5/11 (a) (iii) (b) This Court has
no authority to grant such a motion.
THE COURT: Thank you, Mr Sallas. Ms Gjesdale.
MS GJESDAHL: Thank you.
11 This property is held in a land trust. The
12 Albany Bank and Trust Company is trustee under a trust
13 agreement dated 9/15/73. Amelia Sallas has a
14 beneficial interest, a one-half beneficial interest in
15 this land trust.
16 Therefore, we are not trying to attach any of
17 these fees to Mr Sallas’ interest; only Amelia Sallas’
18 interest. And the order reflects as such. It’s only
19 against the estate of Amelia Sallas.
20 MR SALLAS: Excuse me, your Honor.
21 just speaking is not aware of the law.
Illinois is a
22 marital state, and that’s a joint tenancy.
23 There is no 50/50 division. If you touch a
24 penny of her money, you touch my money. If you touch
1 my money, you are touching her money.
2 Obviously, whoever just spoke is not aware of
3 the laws in Illinois. Are they even an attorney or a
4 lawyer or have a law license?
5 THE COURT: They do.
6 MS GJESDAHL: Your Honor, I also don’t believe
7 Mr Sallas has any standing to object to my memorandum
8 of judgment. His standing is only related to very
9 limited issues in this matter.
10 THE COURT: We discussed that on many occasions
11 here in regards to Mr Sallas’ standing. I do believe
- that the memorandum of judgment is appropriate. So the
13 memorandum of judgment will be entered at this point.
14 MS GJESDAHL: Thank you.
15 MR SALLAS: It seems, your Honor, that you have
16 just become a co-conspirator to a theft.
20 your petition?
21 MS CASANOVA:
Thank you, Mr- Sallas.
Ms Casanova, did you want to present
Yes, Judge. And before I do so, I
22 did want to make you aware, just verbally give you a
23 report about something that occurred last week.
24 THE COURT: Sure.
1 MS CASANOVA: I did speak to an inspector from the
2 Illinois Department of Public Health. There was a
3 report made by Ms Phalen who has appeared in this court
4 as an observer before and I guess a Mr Kitkowski about
5 the care that Amelia was receiving was or is
6 receiving at Belmont Village.
7 The allegations concerned confinement, her
8 mobility, some dental issues, issues with COVID at the
9 facility. I did speak to the inspector. She did go
10 see Amelia. She thought she was quite comfortable
•• 11 there. She seemed to be well adjusted. She was
12 confused, but pleasant, interact’ing with her peers.
13 So she did not note any concerns on that
14 visit. But I just wanted you to be aware of that
16 THE COURT: Thank you.
17 I know that that was always — that has
18 always been an issue, the dental issue and things like
19 that, you know. But I thought that that has at
20 least I know that she has been taken to a dentist
21 often and that has been followed up on. So in terms of
22 that, though, there were no issues with that either,
24 MS CASANOVA: There were no issues. I believe it
1 related to whether she was using the dentures she had
2 or not
or actually, was using both the upper and
I don’t think she likes the lower ones.
4 I honestly would need to check on the exact
5 specifics. But that’s what she was investigating, one
6 of the issues.
Can I ask a question when it’s
You can ask a question, Mr Sallas.
I questioned whether Amy was alive.
12 And who is this inspector who supposedly inspected? I
13 would like that person identified.
14 MS CASANOVA: She is alive, yes. I’m not sure if I
15 brought this up that one of the allegations was abou~
17 They didn’t find her confined at all. The
18 inspector was assigned through the Illinois Department
19 of Public Health. Ybu know, when they receive a
20 report, I’m not sure how specifically they assign an
21 inspector, but it’s part of their process, you know, to
22 ensure that residents are safe.
MR SALLAS: I would like —
MS LAWKOWSKI-KELLER: And Judge, we would certainly
1 take issue with any accusation by Mr Sallas that we
2 would not inform him immediately of the passing of his
4 It is ridiculous that we are getting phone
5 calls and emails from people from other states;
6 conspiracy theorists, bloggers, whatever, leaving us
7 messages ,and emails saying, you know, “Is Amelia Sallas
8 indeed alive?”
9 I think that’s insulting. I think it’s a
10 horrible thing to say. She is very much alive. The
11 inspector, based on Mr Sallas’ and the blogger’s call
12 to the Illinois Department, went out there. And she’s
13 fine and doing well.
14 So I think, Mr Sallas, we are just going to
15 admonish you that of course you would be notified if
16 anything happened to Mrs Sallas. So I just wanted to
17 put that to rest on the record.
18 MR SALLAS: Who is speaking?
19 MS LAWKOWSKI-KELLER: It’s Dawn.
20 THE COURT: It’s Ms Lawkowski-Keller.
21 And Mr Sallas, this was initiated, sir, by the
22 individuals that come on line that speak about all of
23 us that are here, that are here in the best interest of
24 Ms Sallas that, from what I’m understanding from
1 Ms Casanova, was initiated by the individuals that have
2 been supporting you. And that’s why the Illinois
3 Department of Public Health would have gone out,
4 because they heard of the allegations.
MR SALLAS: I would like a copy of that
THE COURT: Because the public guardian does, of
course, check monthly on Amy and how she is doing. And
I also — There’s no way that the individuals on this
9 call, sir, if anything had ever happened to Amy,
10 something occurred with Amy, would not make this Court
11 aware of it and we would not also make people aware of
12 it, sir.
13 MR SALLAS: Well, no one has been able to confirm
14 her condition, including the Buffalo Grove Police.
15 They were not able to confirm a wellness check on her.
16 And what you reported is not what I found.
17 MS LAWKOWSKI-KELLER: Judge, I will just say, you
18 know, we’~l put this to rest and move on.
19 an investigator.
But there is
20 What Mr Sallas is saying is patently false.
21 She’s fine. She’s doing well. And the investigator
22 was able to meet with her and see her. We are able to
23 meet with her. The police certainly are well aware
24 that Ms Sallas is fine. So these false outcries are
1 certainly problematic.
2 And you know, if people continue to make false
3 outcries to the police. That could also be a problem.
4 So people really need to consider what they are saying
5 to the police in this case.
6 MR SALLAS: I have personally visited with my wife,
7 and I have observed the conditions different from what
8 you are observing.
9 And you have not visited her. I have.
10 THE COURT: Thank you, Mr Sallas.
11 MS CASANOVA: Judge, the other matter is a petition
12 for disbursement in regards to beginning to make a
13 pre-need funeral plan for Ms Sallas.
14 She does not have anything underway in that
15 regard. So to the extent that we can — We would like
16 to take care of that issue as we can.
17 MR SALLAS: I object, your Honor, right here and
18 now. You do not have the right to make funeral
19 arrangements for me or my wife.
20 MS CASANOVA: This would not have anything to do —
21 THE COURT: With the actual arrangements.
22 MS CASANOVA: It would be the actual arrangements.
23 It’s pretty commonplace for the guardian to make
1 MR SALLAS: You do not have that right.
2 THE COURT: Mr Sallas–
3 MR SALLAS: You do not have the right.
4 THE COURT: As the guardian of Ms Sallas, yes, they
5 do have that right, sir. And I am going to allow —
6 MR SALLAS: No, they don’t. According to the law,
7 they do not.
8 She is my wife, and you are violating my
9 consortium rights with her.
10 MS CASANOVA: Thank you, Judge. That’s all. We
11 have a date next month for accounting and related
12 matters .
13 THE COURT: Okay. So I’ll see you all next month.
14 Thank you all very much.
15 MS CASANOVA: Thank you, your Honor.
(Which were all the proceedings had
in the above-entitled cause on said
1 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS
2 COUNTY DEPARTMENT – PROBATE DIVISION
5 I, Sharon Rodrigo, an Official Court Reporter for
6 the Circuit Court of Cook County, County
7 Department/Prob~te Division, do h~reby certify that I
8 reported in shorthand the RECORDED proceedings had at
9 the hearing .in the above-enti·tled cause; that I
10 thereafter caused the foregoing to be transcribed into
11 typewriting, which I hereby certify to be a true and
12 accurate transcript of the proceedings had before the
13 HONORABLE SHAUNA BOLIKER, Judge of said court.
23 Dated this 14th day
24 of February, 2022.
Official Court Reporter
C.S.R. No. 84-2233