To what extent was Chico involved in the Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF) and it's fleecing of taxpayer money?
Here are media reports about the Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF) that have appeared since November 2006:
No need to review them all, but for a quick catch-up, I suggest you watch/read the following:
11/16/06: The Manuever Part I by Chuck Goudie, ABC7: http://vimeo.com/1601287
5/31/07: Save A Life's Main Government Funding May be Drying Up by Chuck Goudie: http://vimeo.com/1602289
9/29/10: The State Investigates the Save-A-Life Foundation, WSIU radio (NPR)
10/11/10: Democrat challenger tries to tie Shimkus to CDC funding controversy by Julian Pecquet, The Hill
11/17/10: Where Did the Save-A-Life Money Go? by Don Bauder, San Diego Weekly (print version with photos); Spizzirri's two shoplifting convictions, child abuse allegations, etc.
You might wish to take a look at these three pages of photos of SALF executives with a variety of public officials. If you need graphics, there's plenty of good stuff here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/49352111@N03/
Here's a page listing unreported and under-reported stories. I recommend giving each item a quick read before proceeding:
Item six includes links to four public letters sent by blogger Lee Cary. (Lee writes for conservative blogs like Andrew Breitbart, but don't be put off by that; he was born in Chicago, hates corruption in IL government, and has done his share of heavy lifting to bring the Save-A-Life story to public attention including working on the issue with progressive Democrat Tim Bagwell - see the stories above from WSIU and The Hill.) Per our conversation, here's the key letter:
12/13/10: Chicago mayoral candidate Gery Chico says he wants "more openness, transparency and accountability." But will he walk the talk by answering questions about the "shady non-profit" he was "instrumental in bringing to the Chicago Schools"?
Clearly he and his wife bear some responsibility for giving SALF legitimacy, including entree to the Chicago Schools. Since then serious questions have been raised about the organization, therefore as a public official who wants to be mayor and who takes his responsibilities seriously, undoubtedly Gery wants to clear up any doubts about how SALF spent CPS, IL state, and federal funds. He is no better than Rahm.