Via E-Mail Transmission and U.S. Mail Illinois State Senator Tim Bivins M103B State Capitol Springfield, Illinois 62706 Re: Save-A-Life Foundation

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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,

Brent D.Stratton Chief Deputy Attorney General

Knutte, Caitlin
From: Sent: To: Subject: Attachments: Stratton, Brent Friday, March 02, 2012 11:33 AM Knutte, Caitlin FW: Save-A-Life Foundation Senator Bivins Ltr 3-2-12.pdf

Here's my email and attached PDF to Sen. Bivins. From: Stratton, Brent Sent: Friday, March 02, 2012 11:29 AM To: '' 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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