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3/2/12 reply from IL Attorney General's office to Sen. Tim Bivins re: Save-A-Life Foundation investigation

3/2/12 reply from IL Attorney General's office to Sen. Tim Bivins re: Save-A-Life Foundation investigation

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OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
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Mailsenatorbivins@prics.netIllinois State Senator Tim BivinsM103B State CapitolSpringfield, Illinois 62706
Re:
Save-A-Life FoundationDear Senator Bivins;I am writing in response to your letter regarding the Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF).First, allow me to correct what may have been a miscommunication or misunderstandingregarding this Office's investigation of 
Ms.
Spizzirri's current whereabouts. Without trying toreconstruct your conversation with Mr. Kenyatta of this Office, let me assure you that we havebeen aware of 
Ms.
Spizzirri's whereabouts since she moved to California. Her current address,which we certainly have, does not explain why our investigation of SALF is ongoing. As youacknowledge, we do not discuss the details of an ongoing investigation, so we will not be able toprovide you with more information about the status of our investigation. But, let me emphasizethat, as with all such allegations against charitable organizations, we took these allegations veryseriously and immediately initiated an investigation of SALF regarding the financial and otherreporting issues raised by the complainants.Second, as background, please understand that this Office's Charitable Trust Bureau has asits primary mission the protection of charitable assets held by charitable organizations registered inIllinois. The Bureau does not
have
jurisdiction to investigate or prosecute criminal conduct, whichwould fall under the jurisdiction of 
local
State's Attorneys, but rather enforces the Charitable TrustAct through civil court actions. Additionally, where grants from state agencies are involved, theOffice typically becomes involved through referrals from the granting agencies. We have neverreceived a referral from a state agency raising any concerns regarding a grant made to SALF.Third, as further background information, SALF was registered as an Illinois charitableorganization with this Office from 1994 through 2009, during which period it filed completeannual reports accompanied by audits when required by law. In September 2009, SALF filedarticles of dissolution with the Secretary of 
State.
It then filed a final report with this Office inApril 2010. When we first received complaints in June, 2010, SALF was no longer an active
500 South Second Street, Springfield, Illinois 62706 • (217)782-1090 • ITY: (877) 844-5461 Fax:(217)782-7046100 West Randolph Street, Chicago. Illinois 60601 (312)814-3000 TTY: (800) 964-3013 Fax:(312)814-38061001 East Main, Carbondale, Illinois 62901 (618)529-6400 TTY: (877) 675-9339 Fax:(618)529-6416
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Illinois State Senator Tim BivinsMarch 2, 2012Page 2charity, for which the concerns about on-going fund-raising and the protection of charitable assetsare paramount.We hope that this information is helpful. Please feel free to contact me at 312-814-4499with questions you may have regarding this matter.Sincerely,Brent D.StrattonChief Deputy Attorney General

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