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COMMITTEES: MINORITY SPOKESPERSON: STATE G O V E R N M E N T & VETERANS AFFAIRS MEMBER: AGRICULTURE & CONSERVATION APPROPRIATIONS I COMMERCE CRIMINAL L A W
ILLINOIS STATE S E N A T E
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STATE SENATOR ■ 4 5 T H D I S T R I C T
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 -yeea 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