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January 18,2012 Lisa Madigan IL Attorney General 500 South Second Street Springfield, IL 62706 Dear Attorney General Madigan, I'm writing you in regard to your office's investigation of the Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF), an investigation which reportedly has been underway for about 18 months. When I recently phoned your office to inquire about the status of the case, your legislative aide Kareem Kenyatta told me the investigation was open but only because they couldn't locate Carol J. Spizzirri, SALF's founder and president Frankly, I was stunned. Having served over three decades in law enforcement, I couldn't imagine anyone working for me making such a feeble excuse. To prove the point, shortly after that conversation, I located the following information on the Internet in about 30 seconds: Carol Spizzirri 1930 W. San Marcos Blvd #285 San Marcos, CA 92078 Less than an hour later, the San Diego County Assessor confirmed that the property was purchased on August 7,2006 by Spizzirri and Scott Anderson, a former SALF Treasurer and Corporate Director. Mr. Kenyatta didn't indicate whether your investigators had attempted to contact these other members of SALF's most recent Corporate Board, but here's their contact information as well, all of which was quickly obtained by searching Google:

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Rita Mullins, Secretary 858 N.Virginia Lake Ct. Palatine, IL 60074 Douglas R. Browne, Treasurer 2851 Evans Woods Dr. Doraville, GA 30340 John Donleavy, Director 325 3rd Street South Naples, FL 34102 Incidentally, according to her Facebook page, Spizzirri spent this Christmas with Mullins, who served as mayor of Palatine for 20 years. Reportedly SALF received almost $9 million taxpayer dollars to providefirstaid training to children, "many of them from the Chicago Public Schools," according to Spizzirri. But in response to a federal court subpoena and FOIAs, the Chicago Schools and other school districts where SALF claimed to have trained many thousands of students have been unable to locate any training records. Spizzirri and her organization have a history of other serious misrepresentations. For example, SALF's fund raising materials represented Spizzirri as a Registered Nurse with a specialty in renal transplants who possessed a four-year degree from a college in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. SALF also claimed Spizzirri's motivation for founding the organization was triggered by the death of her teenage daughter who supposedly bled to death following a hit and run accident, a story repeated ad infinitum over the 16 -year existence of the corporation. Since 2006 a growing body of media reports in Illinois and around the country has proved all those claims to be false. Further, last year a San Diego newspaper reported that Spizzirri is a twice-convicted adult shoplifter whose daughter took out a protection order against her based on allegations of extreme physical abuse. Last month Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery Chico told the Executive Appointments Committee (on which I serve) that SALF falsely claimed he and his wife were members of the organization's board. According to a recent New York newspaper article, the Health Commissioner of Westchester County, NY, says SALF also falsely claimed she was a board member. Given such overwhelming evidence, it's questionable whether the Save-A-Life Foundation ever told the truth about anything. Undoubtedly you agree that we have a duty to assure the public that the millions in public and private dollars SALF obtained weren't misappropriated. I realize that by law you're

not permitted to discuss the details of an ongoing investigation, however, based on my conversation with Mr. Kenyatta, I'd appreciate some indication from you how seriously your office is pursuing these matter. Thank you for your time and consideration, and I look forward to your reply. Sincerely,

TimBivins State Senator 45th District TB/gsd

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Here's my email and attached PDF to Sen. Bivins. From: Stratton, Brent Sent: Friday, March 02, 2012 11:29 AM To: 'senatorbivins@grics.net' Subject: Save-A-Life Foundation Dear Senator Bivins: Attached is this Office's response to your letter concerning the Save-A-Life Foundation. As noted in the letter, please feel free to contact me with any additional questions you may have regarding this matter. Regards, Brent D. Stratton Chief Deputy Attorney General Office of the Illinois Attorney General 100 W. Randolph Street, 12th Floor Chicago, Illinois 60601

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Dear 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 misunderstanding regarding this Office's investigation of Ms. Spizzirri's current whereabouts. Without trying to reconstruct your conversation with Mr. Kenyatta of this Office, let me assure you that we have been 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 you acknowledge, we do not discuss the details of an ongoing investigation, so we will not be able to provide you with more information about the status of our investigation. But, let me emphasize that, as with all such allegations against charitable organizations, we took these allegations very seriously and immediately initiated an investigation of SALF regarding the financial and other reporting issues raised by the complainants. Second, as background, please understand that this Office's Charitable Trust Bureau has as its primary mission the protection of charitable assets held by charitable organizations registered in Illinois. The Bureau does not have jurisdiction to investigate or prosecute criminal conduct, which would fall under the jurisdiction of local State's Attorneys, but rather enforces the Charitable Trust Act through civil court actions. Additionally, where grants from state agencies are involved, the Office typically becomes involved through referrals from the granting agencies. We have never received 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 charitable organization with this Office from 1994 through 2009, during which period it filed complete annual reports accompanied by audits when required by law. In September 2009, SALF filed articles of dissolution with the Secretary of State. It then filed a final report with this Office in April 2010. When we first received complaints in June, 2010, SALF was no longer an active
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charity, for which the concerns about on-going fund-raising and the protection of charitable assets are paramount. We hope that this information is helpful. Please feel free to contact me at 312-814-4499 with questions you may have regarding this matter. Sincerely,

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Brent D. Stratton Chief Deputy Attorney General Office of the Illinois Attorney General 100 W. Randolph Street, 12th Floor Chicago, Illinois 60601 Dear Mr. Stratton: Thank you for your March 2 response to my January 18 letter inquiring about your office's investigation of the Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF). I appreciated your offer to answer any further questions I might have. In fact, I do have one. As you maybe aware, in FY2003 your office awarded a $25,000 grant to SALF. An application for the funding was submitted to your agency by Bennett Krause, SALF's National Director of Legislative Affairs. According to the grant application submitted by Mr. Krause, the $25,000 your office awarded to SALF was designated to provide first aid training classes to students in the following eight IL school districts: Salem School District #111 (Marion County) South Central Community Unit School District #401 (Kinmundy, Marion County) Camp Point CU School District #3 Beardstown CU School District #15 Rantoul City School District #137 (Champaign County) Cass County School Districts (Cass County) Edwardsville CU School District #7 Greenview CU School District #200

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However, in response to recent FOIA requests, representatives of all eight districts promptly and unequivocally replied that they have no records of any training records. Most responded that they've never had any association with SALF. Further, in the grant application, Mr. Krause stated: The Save A Life Foundation (SALF) instructors have successfully trained more than e00,005 school children iinllinois since 1998. Based on the reasons explained in my previous letter, in my opinion this 500,000 figure is not only unsupportable, it's completely fabricated. In any event, presumably Mr. Krause can shed some light on these questions. According to his Linkedln resume, he's now employed as Statewide Manager of the IL State Employment Services Division. Here's my question. In your recent letter to me, you stated: (Where) grantt from state egencies are involved, (our) Office typically becomes involved through referrals from the granting agencies. We have neven receired a veferralfrom a state agency raising any concerns regarding ngrant made to eALF. Does Attorney General Madigan intend to refer the $25,000 grant your office awarded to SALF to her ongoing investigation of SALF? Thank you for your continued attention and I look forward to your reply. Sincerely, Tim Bivins State Senator 45th District

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September 10, 2002

Mr. Richard Stock Chief of Staff Office of the Attorney General 100 West Randolph Street Chicago, Illinois 60601 Dear Mr. Stock: Please accept this letter as a request from Save A Life Foundation (SALF) for a funding grant from your agency in the amount of $25,000. Briefly, SALF is a not-for-profft organization whose primary mission is to educate and train every person living in the United States of America in Basic Life Supporting First Aid Skills. SALF works with children from kindergarten through grade 12, businesses, corporations, organizations and governmentai entities, in the last several years SALF has trained 500,000 children in Illinois. The Save A Life Foundation believes if every American could be trained in Basic Bystander Life Supporting Skills, they would be empowered not only in their everyday lives, but they would also become America's greatest asset in any emergency or crisis. SALF is currently expanding their presence throughout Illinois. Our goal is to have branch offices in all of the 12 EMS regions throughout the state, as well as opening facilities in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Florida. We are expanding our State Board of Directors and developing a National Board of Directors to reflect this growth. Also, we are developing a core group of corporate partners whom we recognize as an essential component in SALF's mission to train all Americans. I look forward to hearing from you about the possibilities of this grant You may contact me at my office located at 2012 Appleton Drive, Springfield, Illinois 62707, telephone 217/7266422 or my cell at 217/415-5710. Thank you for your consideration in this matter. Sincerely,

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BACKGROUND: On Labor Day, 1992, Christina bean Spizzirri was jinvolve in a fatal car accident. The people first to arrive at the scene were police officers. Despite her serious injuries, Christina's life might have been slaved had they have'known >w to render prompt basic first aid. It was later discovcUj tlat this is not a requireme t for police, firefighters, 911 dispatchers, school teachers, Laches and other public serarjts to be trained in life saving skills. ' Since 1993 the Save A life Foundation (SALF) 'called j>n community leaders to take measures to make basic emergeacy aid training as part of tae curriculum for all American school students. Spearheaded by SALF, national and 3tate agencies now are realizing that pre-EMS aid is needed by the "Bystanders" to reduce; deaths md disabling injuries. Dr. Peter Safer (CPU founder) and Dr. Henry Heimlich (Heimlich Ma ieuver founder) have sat on our Board of Director's since SALFs inception. In early 1995, SALF began tkirjing a select audience of Illinois elementary and secondary students in basic Life SuppofcrJg First Aid (LSFA) skills by local ;EMS providers. State lawmakers who appropriated; fubds through the Illinois Department of Public Health for statewide use soon recognized, SALF's age appropriate programs and baching system.

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The Illinois Department of;Pubiic Health, Department of Cldldren and Family Services and the IlUnoB State Board ofi Education approve the programi in addition to others. Unlike other programs, our mstmdWs are paramedics, firefighters, ^chool ntees, pohce offices and nurses who have Emergency1 Medical Services credenttal as well as those working for I ; private EMS. The Save A Life FoundatiJn SALF) instructors have successfully trained more than 500,000 school children in Illinois since 1998. SALF has successfully completed Basic Emergency Skills Training in Illinois sjchcol throughout the ;state, including northern, central, and southern regions of the state. Th; following counties' have be netted from SALF training: Northern Itlinois L Cook, including Chicago Public Schools, DeKalb, DuPage, Grandy,Kanakakec,: lenbaU, Lake, Will and WinnebWo. Central Illinois A '. ond, Christian, Coles, Effin^ham, Fayette, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, MontgoUy, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Adams, Sangamon, Schuyler and Shelby. Southern UUnois ranklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, (rohnson, Union, Wayne, White and Williamson;

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Rantoul City School District #137 (Champaigji County) K-5 =11 m (2 $5.00/student - $5,695.00 6-12 * 4^y @ $8.00/student « $ 3.912.00 $ 9,607.00 Total CassCoiU Sfchc ol Districts (Cass $5.00/student 1,016 K-5 $8.00/student 6-12 = Total County) % 5,080 00 $ 8.832 0Q $13,912 00 -Total wollmeUPreK- 6,615 $13,750 00 $30.032 $43,782 00

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Bill Franklin Floyd Perkins Per our procedures for distribution of discretionary grants, please review the accompanying information on a proposed $25,000.00 grant distribution to Save A Life Foundation. Attorney General Ryan has indicated that he is committed to supporting the Save A Life Foundation and their programming. As per our procedure, you are being provided with a copy of the organization's latest 990, and a description of the Florence Brown Settlement (contained in this memo), I have attached their expenditure intent project budget for your review. As of today, there are $275,562.58 uncommitted funds in the Florence Brown settlement,

As of today, there are $275,562.58 uncommitted funds in the Florence Brown settlement.

Florence Brown Settlement - Court order enteied November 18, 1997 authorizing the Attorney General to distribute to "public 501 (c)(3) organizations thai qualify as fifty percent deductible chantiee under Internal Revenue Code 170 (6)(1)(A)" No further court order is required for distribution. Please initial this coyer memo and return to Mcmica Zunign. If you have any questions about the proposed distribution, please do not heshate to contact mc. If you have questions about the settlement itself, please contact Floyd Perkins at 814-3966.

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Dear Mr. I Icimlich: This letter is in response to your e-mail request under the Freedom of Information Act. Your request was received on 03/09/2011. No documents exist that are responsive to this request. Therefore we have no documents responsive to your request. You have the rigkl to appeal this decision to the State of Illinois Public Access Counselor {PAC) who niay be contacted within sixty (60) days of this notice at the Office olThe Attorney General, 100 W. Randolph Street. 12'" Floor. Chicago. Illinois 60601. (312) 814-3000. who, under the Freedom ofInfortnation Act. will review the request and denial and make a decision pursuant to the procedures oi'the office ofthe PAC. Details regarding the process that the PAC will follow may be obtained from that office. 1 would appreciate confirmation thai you have received this e-mail.

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From: "Rick" <rbatchelor@southcentralschools.org> To: "Peter M. Heimlich" <pmh@medfraud.info> Subject: Re: FOIA request, 3/8/12 Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2012 09:42:34 -0500 Mr. Heimlich We have no records of ever doing any business with SALF of Schiller Park at South Central CUSD 401. My Administrators, bookkeeper and any teacher who has done first aid classes have been interviewed. Rick Batchelor, Superintendent South Central CUSD 401 Kinmundy, IL 618 547 3414

Subject: RE: F01A request, 3/8/12 From: "Marty Cook" <cookm@cusd3.com> Date: 3/8/2012 4:27 PM To: '"Peter M. Heimlich'" <pmh@medfraud.info> Mr. Heimlich, Camp Point Central has not had any association with the Save A Life Foundation of Schiller Park, Illinois. Thank You, Martin Cook Superintendent of Schools Camp Point Central CUSD # 3 (217)593-7116 (217)257-2972 This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed.

Subject: RE: F01A request, 3/8/12 From: Reggie Clinton <clintonr@beardstown.com> Date: 3/9/2012 4:09 PM To: '"Peter M. Heimlich'" <pmh@medfraud info> CC: Reggie Clinton <clintonr@beardstown.com>
Good Afternoon Mr. Heimlich We have checked with our nursing staff and office staff regarding the company Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF) out of Schiller Park, IL. Our district has never done business with this company nor had contact as far as anyone can determine. Thus, we have no records to share with you regarding them. Hopefully this satisfies your FOIA request. If you have any questions please contact me at 217-323-3099. Sincerely, Reggie Clinton - Superintendent BeardstownCUSD15

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Willlam W. Trankina, Superintendent http://wvwcs.k1ZU.us/ 400EastWabashAvenue Phone e17-893-4171 Rantoul, IL 61866 FAX217-892-4313 Brcafrieadow w -astlawn - nortrwiew - Pleasant Ares - J.W. EateJ "We are all faced with a series ofgreat opportunities briliiantly disguised as impossible situations"" Charles R. Swindolt Date: Requester's Name: Address: Dear Mr. Heimlich, Thank you for writing to Rantoul City Schools #137 with your request for information pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS 140/1 et seq. On March 8, 2012, you requested the following documents: 1) Copies of all records pertaining to Save-A-Life Foundation. 2) Copies of all records associated with first aide training classes conducted by (SALF) 3) Copies of all correspondence between SALF representatives and the school district. Please note the following: 1) Rantoul City School District #137 has never had an association with Save-A-Life Foundation. 2) We have looked back 5 years and have found no records that we have done any business with them at all. 3) To the best of our knowledge, no one at Rantoul City Schools has had any correspondence with SALF. The individuals replying to your request are as follows: Angela Krickovich/FOIA Officer March 9, 2012 Peter M. Heimlich

Sincerely, Angela Krickovich Rantoul City Schooflf#*37 400 East Wabash Ave Rantoul, IL 61866

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CASS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 8502 Baik'V Road . Daren, Illinois 60561-5333 Phone: 630.985.191*1. Ff» 630.985.2881

CONCORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1(119 Concord Place • Dancn, IUijiois 60561-5333 Phone. 630.968-3026 • Hx. 630.968.0826

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Subject: FW: FOIA-Save a life fdtn Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2012 11:31:50 -0600 From: "Edward Hightower" <ehightower@ecusd7.org> To: <pmhS!medfraud.info> Please find the attached.

March 12,2012 Peter Heimlich

Re: FOIA Request dated 3/8/12 A review of our records does not show any transactions with Save-A-Life Foundation of Schiller Park, IL. Edwardsville School District #7

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March 8,2012 Peter M. Heimlich

Mr. Heimlich: There are no records held by Greenview CUSD 200, Greenview, IL that pertain to the Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF) of Schiller Park, IL. There has not been any association between the SALF of Schiller Park and the Greenview School District at any time. Greenview CUSD 200 is located approximately 25 miles north of Springfield, IL and approximately 196 miles southwest of Schiller Park, IL. Please consider this response to your FOIA request complete. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact my office. Sincerely,

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SCHEDULE A (Form 990 or 990-E2)

Organization Exempt Under Section 501(c)(3)
(Except Private Foundation) and Section 501(e), 501(f). 501(k), 501(n), or Section 4947(aX1) Nonexempt Chantable Trust Supplementary Information (See separate instructions ) MUST be completed by the above organizations and attached to their Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Employer rtfenbficntton nunber

Drpartment ol the Tieasuiy Iniemal Revwiu* Servite Name of itw onjanuauori

36-3869459 Save A L i f e F o u n d a t i o n Compensation of the Five Highest Paid Employees Other Than Officers, Directors, and Trustees Parti (See instructions List each one If there are none, enter None ')
(a) Name and address of each employee paid more than $50,000 (b) Title and average hours per week devoted to position (c) Compensation (d) Contributfora (e) Expense account and other allowances

None

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Total number of other employees paid over $50,000 *Part II | Compensation of the Five Highest Paid Independent Contractors for Professional Services (See instructions List each one (whether individuals or dims) If there are none, enter 'None ') (a)Name and address of each independent contractor paid more than $50,000 (b)Type of service (c) Compensation

Bennett

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2012 A p p l e t o n

51,154

Total number of others receiving over $50 000 for professional services * BAA For Paperwork Reduction Act Notice, see the Instructions for Form 990 and Form 990-EZ
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| Schedule A (Form 990 or 990 EZ) 2002

SCHEDULE A
(Form990or990-EZ)

- Organization Exempt Under Section 501(c)(3)
(Except Private Foundation) and Section 501(e), 501(f), 501 (k), 501(n), or Section 4947(a)(1) Nonexempt Charitable Trust Supplementary Information (See separate instructions.)

OMBNo 1545-0047

2003
Employer identification number

Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Name of Itie organization

- MUST be completed by the above organizations and attached to their Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Save A L i f e Foundation 36-3869459 | Part 1 I Compensation of the Five Highest Paid Employees Other Than Officers, Directors, and Trustees
(See instructions List each one If there are none, enter'None') (a) Name and address of each e m a y$5O 0O0° e
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(b) Title and average hours per week devoted to position

(c) Compensation

(d) Contributions to employee benefit plans and deferred compensation

(e) Expense account and other allowances

_None_.

Total number of other employees paid over $50,000

None

Part II

| Compensation of the Five Highest Paid Independent Contractors for Professional Services
(See instructions. List each one (whether individuals or firms) If there are none, enter 'None.') (b) Type of service (c) Compensation

(a)Name and address of each independent contractor paid more than $50,000

Bennett R. Crause 2012 Appleton D r i v e , S p r i n g f i e l d , IL 62707
E s t a b l i s h funding sources and c o n t r a c t s

70,769.

Total number of others receiving over $50,000 for professional services

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None
Schedule A (Form 990 or 990-EZ) 2003
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BAA For Paperwork Reduction Act Notice, see the Instructions for Form 990 and Form 990-EZ.

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Save A Life Foundation Special Board Meeting, SALF Headquarters December 10,2003/ 7AM to 12:12PM Pieman** President/Founder Carol I Spizzirri, Chairman Walter Dudycz, Sec/Treasurer Alan Thavisouk, ^ M e m b e r JchnDonfcavy Absent Boaid Member Dr. Mark Mitchell. Board Member Richard Snpber Recorder Secretary Alan Thavisouk Guests: Irv Bock, Dane Neal

Meeting called to order Nomination of new Board Member Treasurer's Report

^E-Dua^at7:45AM
John Donleavy was introduced to Board by Carol Spizzirri and nominated him as a candidate for Board membership Irv Bock presented thefinancial*of SALF and distributed a summary of activates mat have £ £ ^ done in error over the oast months by bookkeeper Unda Post. £ u T o f thXe crrorHnd the co-mingling of funds bvMs. Port, Ms Post was terminated. It that Ms Post used one project S S budeet to nav another project's operating S S S X g f i m d s that were earmarked S a n n n T i t b t e d expenditures snd she eid dot ri«S»^iSripg reports. Thus coS S S L o S reporting S k E S t o S ™ " c a u s i g the inability to ^ t S 5 S » T ^ i S c o w b * «used the £ « r i £ S ^ o f f o?Sipersonnel with the ^ n ? o f D a f e N e a I aSocausedCarol ? S ^ « ^ ' t o S S i l y salary SALF is beine funded solely yb Carol K p h o n a l savings account Carol is S . n S f o r all outstanding invoices to h T S J 5 S r £ t e i r i . to date has wee ^ S S from her personal saving and S S a n o L S30K before the end of the S n S S S S t she is also concerned S t S ^ t e r e S she has incurred over the 2 ? 1 0 v e l toTe event of a worst-case whole. AUn Thavinouk requested Spiizim to provide Dudycz made a motion that all funds Spizzirri advanced SALF since its founding 1993 berefundedto her baring interestas so declared by previous Board approval in 1995 and repaid to Carol as soonas the federal FY04fimds become available. Vote is 4 yes 0 no. Motion was secondedbyDonleavy. Motion made by Alan Thavisouk Vote is 4 yes 0 no Motion seconded by Walter Dudycz Point of Order 4 Board Membea present

Dudycz made a motion to amend previous "Standard Loan Policy and Terms Apeemcat" to reflect SpiadrrTa

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the board with a history of transactions aanmarizing all the loansfihehas tended. Alan Thavisouk requested that the Standard Loan Policy and Terms be drafted to reflect the outstanding loan due to Spizzirri since SALF's startup in 1993, totally nearly $80,000. Spizzirri reported that a similar agreement was developed^previous founding board in 1995 faimediate funds are available through Carol Soizzirri's personal savings account. hi the event that additional funds are needed, Spizzirri is hopingforthe approval of an American Egress credit account fev Bock repotted that $20K per month is the mmimumamount needed to stay afloatuntil March SALF is expecting Federal funds of approximately $1.1 million in around that time.

additional advancements by the next Board Meeting for approval. Vote is 4 yes 0 no. Motion was seconded by Thavisouk

Dudycz motioned that new Hiring Policies for permanent hiring will include approval by the board. Temporary Hiring would continue to be approved by Executive Directors. Vote carried 4 yes 0 no. Motion was seconded by Donleavy.

Termination of Contractor

Walter Dudycz requested a briefing on the status of Bennett Krause, Contractor. Spizzini Dranted a summary report drafted by Bfcnnett Krause showine his work activities (attachment J ^ p i z z i i r i cited concerns about the inconsistencies of report and of work r e S n a h i p with Bennett Krause including and notliLe/tamsuboro^tion. Walter Dudycz introduced the names of several potential lobbing candidates for future consideration by the Board. Board has to approve new contracts for lobbyist on a 1-year contract with renewable clause.

Alan Thavisouk made a motionto terminate me contract of Bennett Krause effective immediately and that Irv Bock draft a letter informing Krause of the Board's decision and forthe immediate return of all properties belonging to SALF. Motion was seconded by Spizzirri. Vote 4 yes 0 no. Motion accepted by Walter Dudycz Walter Dudycz agreed to head the search for a new lobbyist

Project Reports CDC Funding Centers for Disease Control Atlanta have been in regular communications with Spizzirri as to the status of the Congressional Appropriations. Status looks healthy since the Subcommittee met with CDC regarding their continued approval to maintain SALF within CDC's department IL Senate President Emil Jones to received SALF's Awardforsaving the life of a woman usine the Heimlich Daneuver either January 14-

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Sent via e-mail to publicaccess@atg.state.il.us

June 6, 2012 Public Access Counselor Office of the Illinois Attorney General 5 0 0 S. 2nd Street Springfield, Illinois 62706 PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST To whom it may concern: This is a request for information under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Please find attached a letter dated April 16, 2012 from IL Sen. Tim Bivins to Chief Deputy Attorney General Brent D. Stratton. Please provide me with all related records including but not limited to internal correspondence and any response(s) to Sen. Bivins. If available, please provide in digital format and send via e-mail to pmh@medfraud.info I am willing to pay fees for this request up to a maximum of $25. If you estimate that the fees will exceed this limit, please inform me first. Thank you for your attention to my request and I look forward to receiving the requested records. Sincerely,

Peter M. Heimlich Duluth, GA 30096 ph: (208)474-7283 e-mail: pmh@medfraud.info website: MedFraud blog: The Sidebar

DIVIDER

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
STATE OF ILLINOIS

Lisa Madigan
ATTORNEY GENERAL

June 11, 2012

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL Mr. Peter M. Heimlich Duluth, Georgia 30096 pmh@medfraud.info RE: Freedom of Information Act Request 2012 FOIA 020003

Dear Mr. Heimlich: Thank you for writing to the Office of the Illinois Attorney General with your request for information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 ILCS 140/1 et seq. (West 2010)). In an e-mail received on June 4, 2012, you requested copies of "all [records related to a letter dated April 16, 2012 from IL Sen. Tim Bivins to Chief Deputy Attorney General Brent D. Stratton regarding a $25,000 grant to Save-A-Life Foundation in FY2003,] including but not limited to internal correspondence and any response(s) to Sen. Bivins." Your request is granted in part and denied in part. In the records we are providing, we have redacted "unique identifiers" as defined in section 2(c-5) of FOIA (5 ILCS 140/2(c-5) (West 2010)) as "private information." "Private information" is exempt from disclosure under section 7(1 )(b) of FOIA. 5 ILCS 140/7(l)(b) (West 2010), as amended by Public Acts 97-333, effective August 12, 2011; 97-385, effective August 15, 2011; 97-452, effective August 19, 2011. Specifically, we have redacted a signature. Some responsive records, however, are being withheld under section 7(1 )(f) of FOIA. 5 ILCS 140/7(1 )(f) (West 2010), as amended by Public Acts 97-333, effective August 12, 2011; 97-385, effective August 15, 2011; 97-452, effective August 19, 2011.

500 South Second Street, Springfield, Illinois 62706 • (217)782-1090 • TTY: (877) 844-5461 • Fax:(217)782-7046 100 West Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois 60601 • (312)814-3000 • TTY: (800) 964-3013 • Fax:(312)814-3806 1001 East Main, Carbondale, Illinois 62901 • (618)529-6400 • T I T : (877) 675-9339 • Fax:(618)529-6416

Peter M. Heimlich June 11,2012 Page 2

Section KlMf) '' Section 7(l)(f) of FOIA protects against disclosure of "[preliminary drafts, notes, recommendations, memoranda, and other records in which opinions are expressed, or policies or actions are formulated[.]" The records that we have determined are exempt under this section consist of an internal e-mail communication and a preliminary draft written for the purpose of planning courses of action with regard to this matter. All of these materials are predecisional. They are exempt under the rationale that public bodies must be able to evaluate information internally and explore possible courses of action confidentially before making final determinations that should be shared with the public. See Harwood v. McDonough, 344 111. App. 3d 242, 247 (2003) ("as a matter of public policy, section 7(l)(f) exempts from disclosure predecisional materials used by a public body in its deliberative process"). Accordingly, some responsive records are exempt from disclosure under section 7(1 )(f) of FOIA. You have a right to have the partial denial of your request reviewed by the Public Access Counselor (PAC) at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. 5 ILCS 140/9.5(a) (West 2010), as amended by Public Act 97-579, effective August 26, 2011. You may file your request for review with the PAC by writing to: Sarah Pratt Acting Public Access Counselor Office of the Illinois Attorney General 500 South 2nd Street Springfield, Illinois 62706 Fax: (217)782-1396 publicaccess@atg.state.il.us If you choose to file a request for review with the PAC, you must do so within 60 calendar days of the date of this partial denial letter. 5 ILCS 140/9.5(a) (West 2010), as amended by Public Act 97-579, effective August 26, 2011. Please note that you must include a copy of your original FOIA request and of this partial denial letter when filing a request for review with the PAC.

Peter M. Heimlich June 11,2012 Page 3

You also have the right to judicial review of your partial denial by filing suit in the appropriate Illinois court. 5 ILCS 140/11 (West 2010). Very truly yours,

CAITLIN Q. KNUTTE Assistant Attorney General FOIA Officer CQK:lk Enclosures

DIVIDER

June 19, 2012 Sarah Pratt Acting Public Access Counselor Office of the Illinois Attorney General 500 South 2nd Street Springfield, Illinois 62706 Dear Ms. Pratt: Please find attached a June 11, 2012 letter to me from a FOIA officer at the Office of the IL Attorney General. This is to file an appeal of the partial denial of my FOIA request 0 2 0 0 0 3 which is described in that letter. Among other reasons supporting this appeal, per the following and other media reports regarding the Attorney General's investigation of the Save-A-Life Foundation, releasing the denied information is a matter of public interest and public welfare. 9/29/10: The State Investigates the Save-A-Life Foundation, WSIU radio (NPR)

10/19/10: Possible Charity Scam by Sophia Beausoleil, WCIA-TV, Champaign-Urbana IL 6/22/11: Chico’s confirmation Sun-Times as state school boss hits snag by Dave McKinney, Chicago To

6/23/11: Gery Chico Save A Life Foundation Connection Delays His Appointment State Board Of Ed by Will Guzzardi, Huffington Post 11/10/11: Bivins scrutinizes Valley Telegraph questionable

uses of state funds by Emily Coleman, Sauk

Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to your office's decision regarding my appeal. Sincerely,

Peter M. Heimlich Duluth, GA 30096 ph: (208)474-7283

DIVIDER

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
STATE OF ILLINOIS

Lisa Madigan
ATTORNEY GENERAL

June 27,2012

Ms. Caitlin Q. Knutte Assistant Attorney General and FOIA Officer Office of the Attorney 500 South Second Street Springfield, Illinois 62706 RE: FOIA Request for Review - 2012 PAC 20213 Dear Ms. Knutte: Pursuant to section 9.5(c) of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 ILCS 140/9.5(c) (West 2010), as amended by Public Act 97-579, effective August 26,2011), we have received a Request for Review of the response by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to a FOIA request submitted by Mr. Peter M. Heimlich. Enclosed for your reference are copies of the FOIA request and the Request for Review by our office. On June 6,2012, Mr. Heimlich requested copies of all records related to a letter from State Sen. Tim Bivins to OAG Chief Deputy Attorney General Brent D. Stratton, "including but not limited to internal correspondence and any response(s) to Sen. Bivins." OAG provided responsive records with a signature redacted pursuant to section 7(1 )(b) of FOIA (5 ILCS 140/7(l)(b) (West 2010), as amended by Public Act 97-333, effective August 12, 2011; 97-385, effective August 15, 2011; 97-452, effective August 19, 2011). OAG also withheld certain responsive records pursuant to section 7(1 )(f) (5 ILCS 140/7(1 )(f) (West 2010), as amended by Public Act 97-333, effective August 12,2011; 97-385, effective August 15, 2011; 97-452, effective August 19, 2011). We have determined that further inquiry is warranted. Please provide un-redacted copies of the records that were withheld together with a detailed summary for OAG's assertion of section 7(1 )(f).

betterfromPeter M. Heimlich to Public Access Counselor, Office of the Attorney General (June 6, 2012).

500 South Second Street, Springfield, Illinois 62706 • (217)782-1090 • TTY: (217)785-2771 • Fax:(217)782-7046 100 West Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60601 • (312)814-3000 • TTY: (312)814-3374 • Fax:(312)814-3806 1001 East Main, Carbondale, Illinois 62901 • (618) 529-6400 • TTY: (618) 529-6403 • Fax: (618) 529-6416

Ms. Caitlin Q. Knutte June 27,2012 Page 2

As required under section 9.5(c) of FOIA, please provide this information to our office within seven (7) business days after receipt of this letter. As we review this matter, we will advise you if we require additional information. If you believe that other documents or information would help us as we review these issues, you may submit additional records or affidavits with the requested information. Please note that, under FOIA, we are required to forward a copy of any response from a public body to the requester and provide the requester with an opportunity to reply (5 ILCS 140/9.5(d) (West 2010) as amended by Public Act 97-579, effective August 26,2011). The Act provides, however, that "[t]o the extent that records or documents produced by a public body contain information that is claimed to be exempt from disclosure under Section 7 of [the] Act, the Public Access Counselor shall not further disclose that information." 5 ILCS 140/9.5(c) (West 2010), as amended by Public Act 97-579, effective August 26,2011). The Act also requires that we redact "any alleged confidential information to which the request pertains" when providing a copy of your written response to the requester (5 ILCS 140/9.5(d) (West 2010), as amended by Public Act 97-579, effective August 26, 2011). If your response contains information or documents you believe are confidential, you must clearly identify that specific information in your response. Please contact me at (312) 814-6756 if you have questions or would like to discuss this matter. Thank you. Very truly yours,

STEVE SILVERMAN Assistant Attorney General Public Access Bureau Enclosure cc: Mr. Peter M. Heimlich (will receive letter only) Duluth, Georgia 30096

DIVIDER

O F F I C E O F T H E ATTORNEY G E N E R A L STATE OF ILLINOIS Lisa Madigan
ATTORNEY GENERAL

July 11,2012

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL Mr. Steve Silverman Assistant Attorney General Public Access Bureau 100 West Randolph Street Chicago, Illinois 60601 ssilverman@atg.state.il. us RE: Dear Mr. Silverman: I am in receipt of your further inquiry letter of June 27, 2012, wherein you request, pursuant to section 9.5(c) of the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) (5 ILCS 140/9/5(c) (West 2010), as amended by Public Act 97-579, effective August 26, 2011), un-redacted copies of records that were withheld and a detailed summary for the assertion of section 7(1 )(f) of FOIA (5 ILCS 140/7(1X0 (West 2010), as amended by Public Acts 97-333, effective August 12, 2011; 97-385, effective August 15, 2011; 97-452, effective August 19, 2011) as the basis for withholding the records in responding to a recent FOIA request submitted by Mr. Peter M. Heimlich to the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Specifically, in an e-mail received on June 4, 2012, Mr. Heimlich requested copies of "all [records related to a letter dated April 16, 2012 from IL Sen, Tim Bivins to Chief Deputy Attorney General Brent D. Stratton regarding a $25,000 grant to Save-A-Life Foundation in FY2003,] including but not limited to internal correspondence and any response(s) to Sen. Bivins." In response to Mr. Heimlich's FOIA request, we provided redacted copies of e-mails Mr. Stratton received from Mr. Heimlich pertaining to the $25,000 grant to Save-A-Life Foundation in FY2003. The records were redacted pursuant to section 7(1 )(b) of FOIA. 5 ILCS 140/7(1 Kb) (West 2010), as amended by Public Acts 97-333, effective August 12, 2011; 97-385, effective August 15, 2011; 97-452, effective August 19, 2011. In addition, we withheld one internal e-mail communication and one draft letter under section 7(1 )(f) of FOIA. 5 ILCS 140/7(1)(0 ( W e s t 201 °)> a s amended by Public Acts 97-333, effective August 12, 2011; 97-385, effective August 15, 2011; 97-452, effective August 19, 2011. The withheld records are the subject of your further inquiry letter. FOIA Request for Review- 2012 PAC 20213

500 South Second Street. Springfield, Illinois 62706 • (217)782-1090 • TTY: (877) 844-5461 • Fax:(217)782-7046 100 West Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois 60601 • (312)814-3000 • TTY: (800) 964-3013 • Fax:(312)814-3806 1001 East Main, Carbondale, Illinois 62901 • (618)529-6400 • TTY: (877) 675-9339 • Fax:(618)529-6416

Steve Silverman July 11,2012 Page 2

Section l(l)(f) Section 7(1 )(f) of FOIA protects against disclosure of "[preliminary drafts, notes, recommendations, memoranda, and other records in which opinions are expressed, or policies or actions are formulatedf.]" We withheld two records pursuant to this section of FOIA. Specifically, we withheld an internal e-mail communication between Brent Stratton, Chief Deputy Attorney General, and Therese Harris, Chief, Charitable Trusts Bureau, pertaining to the Save-A-Life Foundation. This e-mail was written for the purpose of understanding certain legal requirements placed on the Save-A-Life Foundation in order to formulate a course of action with regard to Mr. Heimlich's inquiry pertaining to the grant. Further, the e-mail contains an opinion regarding the matter involved. We also withheld a draft letter to Senator Bivins from Mr. Stratton pertaining to the issue of the grant to Save-A-Life Foundation. This letter was preliminary in nature and had not been sent at the time of our response to Mr. Heimlich's FOIA request. The draft letter explains certain policies of the Attorney General's office and discusses possible courses of action by this office based on the policies. These records are exempt under the rationale that public bodies must be able to evaluate information internally and explore possible courses of action confidentially before making final determinations that should be shared with the public. See Harwood v. McDonough, 344 111. App. 3d 242, 247 (2003) ("as a matter of public policy, section 7(1 )(f) exempts from disclosure predecisional materials used by a public body in its deliberative process"). Accordingly, the internal e-mail and draft letter are exempt from disclosure under section 7(l)(f) of FOIA. I have enclosed copies of the withheld internal e-mail and draft letter for your review. Also enclosed is an e-mail communication received from Mr. Stratton pertaining to Mr. Heimlich's FOIA request that will assist you in your review of this matter. The enclosed records are confidential pursuant to section 7(1 )(f) of FOIA, and are not to be provided to the requester. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact me at (217)782-9090. Very truly yours,

CAITLIN Q. KNUTTE Assistant Attorney General FOIA Officer CQK:lk Enclosures

DIVIDER

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
STATE OF ILLINOIS

Lisa Madigan
ATTORNEY GENERAL

August 17, 2012

Mr. Peter M. Heimlich Duluth, Georgia 30096 Ms. Caitlin Q. Knutte Assistant Attorney General and FOIA Officer Office of the Attorney 500 South Second Street Springfield, Illinois 62706 RE: FOIA Request for Review - 2012 PAC 20213 Dear Mr. Heimlich and Ms. Knutte: Pursuant to section 9.5(c) of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 ILCS 140/9.5(c) (West 2011 Supp.)), we have received a Request for Review of the response by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to a FOIA request submitted by Mr. Peter M. Heimlich. We have considered OAG's response to the allegations in the Request for Review; Mr. Heimlich did not reply. On June 6, 2012, Mr. Heimlich requested copies of all records related to a specific letter from State Senator Tim Bivins to OAG Chief Deputy Attorney General Brent D. Stratton, "including but not limited to internal correspondence and any response(s) to Sen. Bivins."1 OAG provided responsive records with a signature redacted pursuant to section 7(1 )(b) of FOIA (5 ILCS 140/7(l)(b) (West 2011 Supp.)). OAG also withheld additional responsive records in their entirety pursuant to section 7(l)(f) of FOIA (5 ILCS 140/7(1 )(f) (West 2011 Supp.)). In his Request for Review, Mr. Heimlich appears to assert that all of the redacted and withheld information is subject to disclosure.

'Letter from Peter M. Heimlich to Public Access Counselor, Office of the Attorney General (June 6,2012).

500 South Second Street, Springfield, Illinois 62706 • (217)782-1090 • TTY: (217)785-2771 • Fax:(217)782-7046 100 West Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60601 • (312)814-3000 • TTY: (312)814-3374 • Fax:(312)814-3806 1001 East Main, Carbondale, Illinois 62901 • (618) 529-6400 • TTY: (618) 529-6403 • Fax: (618) 529-6416

Mr. Peter Heimlich Ms. Caitlin Knutte August 17,2012 Page 2

DETERMINATION All public records in the possession or custody of a public body are "presumed to be open to inspection or copying." 5 ILCS 140/1.2 (West 2010); see also Southern Illinoisan v. Illinois Dept. of Public Health, 218 111. 2d 390, 415 (2006). A public body "has the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence" that a record is exempt from disclosure. 5 ILCS 140/1.2 (West 2010). Section 7(1 )(f) exempts from inspection and copying "[preliminary drafts, notes, recommendations, memoranda and other records in which opinions are expressed, or policies or actions are formulated, except that a specific record or relevant portion of a record shall not be exempt when the record is publicly cited and identified by the head of the public body." The section 7(1 )(f) exemption is intended to encourage government officials to openly and frankly discuss matters of governmental concern in order to make informed policy decisions. Harwood v. McDonough, 344 111. App. 3d 242, 248 (1st Dist. 2003). We have reviewed the records withheld pursuant to section 7(1 )(f), which consist of a draft version of a letter to State Senator Tim Bivins and e-mails containing opinions which were exchanged by the Chief Deputy Attorney General and the Chief of OAG's Charitable Trusts Bureau "for the purpose of understanding certain legal requirements placed on the Save-A-Life Foundation in order to formulate a course of action[.]"2 Such records are pre-decisional in nature, and there is no indication that the draft letter and e-mails have been publicly cited or identified by the Attorney General. Accordingly, we conclude that OAG has sustained its burden of demonstrating by clear and convincing evidence that the records in question are exempt from disclosure under section 7(1 )(f) of FOIA. OAG also properly redacted Senator Bivin's signature from a responsive record pursuant to section 7(1 )(b) of FOIA, which exempts from disclosure private information. Section 2(c-5) of FOIA (5 ILCS 140/2(c-5) (West 2011 Supp.)) defines "private information" as "unique identifiers[.]" The Public Access Bureau has previously determined that signatures are unique identifiers and, therefore, constitute private information which may be withheld under section 7(l)(b). 111. Att'y Gen. PAC Req. Rev. Ltr. 9838, issued December 10, 2010.

LetterfromCaitlin Q. Knutte, FOIA Officer, Office of the Attorney General, to Steve Silverman, Assistant Attorney General, Public Access Bureau (July 11, 2012).

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The Public Access Counselor has determined that resolution of this matter does not require the issuance of a binding opinion. If you have any questions, please contact me at (312) 814-6756. This letter shall serve to close this matter. Very truly yours,

STEVE SILVERMAN Assistant Attorney General Public Access Bureau 20213 rfr f pb ex proper sa

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