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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Shimkus in the hot seat

Republican, John Shimkus, who (again) is not my representative, is being called out by his Democratic opponent, Tim Bagwell for handing out millions of taxpayer dollars with no oversight:

SJ-R: Opponent accuses Shimkus of lack of oversight
Bagwell was referring to the former Save A Life Foundation, which was dissolved in September 2009, according to Robyn Ziegler, spokeswoman for Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office. The foundation, which was based in Schiller Park and run by a woman named Carol Spizzirri, received state and federal grants to oversee training of school children in life-saving techniques such as cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

A worthy cause, on the surface. But, there are lots of questions:

The operations of the foundation were called into question in part by a 2006 report on WLS-TV in Chicago. Reporter Chuck Goudie said the foundation was receiving more than $1 million annually from state and federal governments, and questioned Spizzirri’s credentials, saying there was no record in Illinois or Wisconsin of her being a registered nurse as she claimed.

When one conservative website writer tried to contact Shimkus about the situation, he got no reply. Why?

“It was an unknown person from an internet media source, and I did not reply,” said Steve Tomaszewski, spokesman for Shimkus, when asked about Cary’s request.

Talk about elitism. And arrogance. Blatant.

If this upcoming election is really supposed to be about ditching incumbents, then Republican Shimkus should be voted out, too.

Posted by Marie at September 30, 2010 9:01 PM


Thanks, Marie, but what about this part of the article?

State Rep. Raymond Poe, R-Springfield, is listed as legislative sponsor on a $100,000 grant the organization received in 2002 for costs associated with the purchase of a Springfield office in the 500 block of East Capitol Avenue. Poe said Spizzirri wanted to make Springfield a base of operations to work with firefighters and teach schoolchildren life-saving methods in central and southern Illinois. There were "obviously some discrepancies in her story," Poe said, after reading Wednesday about the questions. He also noted that a bipartisan group of politicians helped her. "She did a pretty good job on a lot of us," Poe said. "Maybe we don't follow up on some of those things as good as we should."

Poe doesn't seem to care a fig about what happened to the $100,000 he handed over. Why not put his feet next to Shimkus's at the same fire?

Posted by: pako Author Profile Page at October 1, 2010 9:11 PM

Well, Pako, from the part you quoted, Poe himself admitted that the grantee "did a pretty good job on a lot of us." Not only that, he goes on to say he should do a better job of following up. Whereas, Shimkus did no such thing. In fact, Shimkus sent a staffer to say the state’s attorney or U.S. attorney should investigate and prosecute it after the fact. I see a big difference between Poe and Shimkus. Poe takes responsibility, or at least gives a fig. Shimkus does not.

Thank you for reading and for your comment.

Posted by: Marie Author Profile Page at October 1, 2010 10:56 PM

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