SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Adventures in state-funded stupidity

Friday, Jul 25, 2014

* We’ve gotten so caught up in attempting to find “criminal” behavior in the governor’s botched anti-violence initiative that we’ve tended to ignore how ridiculous some aspects of the program actually were. From the BND

One component of the program involved training residents of the communities, both parents and youths, to serve as “mentors” to their peers. The individuals were paid to provide mentoring to their peers, but the audit found that time-keeping records in many cases were non-existent or poorly maintained.

The advice given by the mentors also has been questioned. In one instance, a mentor gave advice to a mother about how to deal with a child who violated curfew.

“I told her to tell him that night is the prime time that youth get harassed and killed by the police,” the mentor wrote in his report.

The same mentor gave similar advice to another mother: “We talked about speaking with child about danger of being out on streets late, such as shootings, police brutality, influence of bad things from other peers,” the mentor wrote in his report.


- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - PMcP - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 8:51 am:

    So the state paid for a program to tell people not to trust the state? The incompetence of this program is soul-crushing to hear about.

  2. - Wumpus - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 8:55 am:

    If they know how to relate to the kids, that is important. Scary that it is coming from basically a state funded agency, but have these mentors even been trained? This just makes the $51 million gazillion look worse. I will become a monitor of this program for $5.1 million.

  3. - ... - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 8:59 am:

    We all know the old saying, “Free advice is worth what you pay for it.”

    Only a parent who is incompetent, and probably also unfit to be a parent, would heed such advice from another incompetent individual.

  4. - Pete - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 9:00 am:

    “Beware the police.”

    Where do I send my invoice?

  5. - downstate hack - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 9:06 am:

    “We all know the old saying, “Free advice is worth what you pay for it.”

    Unfortunately in this case the tax payers of Illinois were paying for this “free Advice”.

  6. - Ghost - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 9:08 am:

    wow that mentor was using useing demagoguery to stop violence. he should have left that to the Tribune….

  7. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 9:12 am:

    A simple “nothing good happens on the streets after midnight” would have been sufficient.

  8. - Demoralized - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 9:13 am:

    Didn’t Monique Davis say that she believed the police might be killing kids in Chicago?

    Was she the mentor in question . . . ???

  9. - A guy... - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 10:04 am:

    And you wonder why Gerry McCarthy has migraines? State funded “anti-police” program; that’s a high price for a few votes.

  10. - Taxpayer Tim - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 10:18 am:

    You can’t fault the taxpayers for being so vehemently opposed to raising taxes when their money gets wasted on stupid projects like this. I think most taxpayers are awake to the fact that much of their money gets blown on ill thought out and politically influenced projects, rather that going to where that money is actually needed. The taxpayers don’t trust the state government to do the right thing. Who can blame them?

  11. - wordslinger - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 10:21 am:

    The audit itself is pretty damning. Members of the LAC should read it, rather than chasing their tales like Inspector Clouseau.

  12. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 10:51 am:

    Not all of us, Rich :)

    As Schnorf has pointed out, the audit is damning enough.

  13. - West Sider - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 11:10 am:

    —Ron Burgundy - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 9:12 am:

    A simple “nothing good happens on the streets after midnight” would have been sufficient.—-
    Exactly right. The police are seen as, at best, neutral actors on the West Side. You cannot blame the worker for working with the perceptions of the community.

  14. - walker - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 11:15 am:

    The audit results pointing out ineffectiveness, waste, and some downright stupidity, are not as politically exciting as claiming it was for GOTV in the 2010 election, or that it was criminal corruption.

    Let the truth come out, and speak for itself.

  15. - phocion - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 12:18 pm:

    This mindset - distrust of police, perpetuated by demogogues and thugs - are what cause young men with guns to not drop them when ordered by police, with deadly results. It causes communities to shelter criminals rather than being seen as cooperating with the police to remove them from the neighborhood. It perpetuates cycles of isolation, poverty and despair. Congratulations, NRI! You really know how to get to the root of the problem.

  16. - dupage dan - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 12:22 pm:

    $50 mill wasted. Or is this just election year hyperbole?

    Yes, focus on the report. The criminality angle might be there but it could take months or even years to get to the jury. This report is f-in golden right now.

  17. - Pot calling kettle - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 12:40 pm:

    While I agree that mistrust of the police is not helpful, the history of police actions toward people of color trends to the negative. The likelihood that a young black man will be treated harshly by the police is well documented.

    If your short term goal is to get that young man off the streets at night, you remind him of the things for which he is most at risk. This clearly does not serve the longer-term goal of straightening out the dysfunctional relationship between police and young black males, but the program seemed focused on short-term goals.

    So, this revelation is not surprising nor would I consider the advice stupid. It is based on a painful reality.

  18. - Pot calling kettle - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 12:56 pm:

    Consider this article by the ACLU’s Washington Legislative office:

    The advice given by the “mentor” above is pretty similar.

  19. - Pot calling kettle - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 12:58 pm:

    typo: the previous post should have read: “…the Director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative office:”

  20. - onevoter - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 1:10 pm:

    Thanks Pot calling kettle, good article. I live in Roseland and this is close to what I tell my kids. Sad but True

  21. - VanillaMan - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 1:17 pm:

    $54,500,000 - gone.
    Thanks Pat, that’s your legacy.

  22. - Pot calling kettle - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 1:52 pm:

    ==$54,500,000 - gone.
    Thanks Pat, that’s your legacy. ==

    If Quinn’s legacy is that he wasted $54 million, that’s pretty good for Illinois. We should probably hang onto him.

    Seriously, I suspect that some portion of that money did some good. We need to look closely at the program and identify the successes and failures and move on. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that any such effort will be made. The quote above is a case in point. As I understand it, this is advice commonly given to you black men and it is based on experience. If you want to influence people, you need to give them advice they can relate to.

  23. - Pot calling kettle - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 3:54 pm:

    Stupid cell phone, another typo: “young black men” (not “you”) sorry all

  24. - Befuddled - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 4:10 pm:

    And another NRI story to round out the week. Is that 5 for 5 this week? They just keep coming. Those are much better than participatory trophies, Willy.
    Or the Repubs could just shut up and let the Feds get to it, sometime next year. This is good government in the sense that the voters are being educated about what went on with this program.

  25. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Friday, Jul 25, 14 @ 4:52 pm:

    Pot Calling. Kettle -

    Why not tell kids Santa will put coal in their stocking? Or the Bogeyman will get them?

    Every week the papers are filled with stories of violence. Every black school kid in Chicago has either lost someone to violence or knows someone who has.

    It is a fair bet that these kids already know that their neighborhood is unsafe.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Question of the day
* The Financial Times reports from... Ottawa?
* Caption contest!
* Nope. That was the Russians, not us
* Another Republican touts Green Party vote to help Rauner
* The opposite of transparent
* Tribune attempts Kirk diagnosis
* Wagers made on World Series
* A good question
* Could the SJ-R move the needle for DelGiorno?
* Chicago appears to account for most of state's net voter registration gain since '08
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Dold demanded DCCC ad linking him to Trump be taken off the air
* Yesterday's blog posts

Visit our advertisers...






Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

* [TA Deals] Get the Martian Notifier Smartwatch for just $30!
* Analysts say Sprint and T-Mobile are acquisition targets
* Google’s Pixel margins are a lot like Apple and the iPhone’s
* Samsung sending out battery limiter update to Galaxy Note 7 in Europe
* [Video] Unboxing the Google Pixel
* Could the global smartphone market shrink in 2017?
* Duet Display for iPad Gains 'Pro' Drawing Features

* White Sox developing promising OF prospects
* Podcast: 2016 White Sox Outfield Review
* mikecws91's Offseason Plan
* The ten best developments of the 2016 White Sox season
* KenWo4LiFe's off-season plan
* Getz to oversee White Sox Minor Leagues
* Getz to oversee White Sox Minor Leagues


Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0


* Question of the day - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)..
* Free-tuition activists stoked over arrests for .....
* Rauner's plan to get the lead out - IllinoisHom.....
* NEIU students tell lawmakers to fund education .....
* In World Series bets, Rauner wagers pizza, Kasi.....
* Ohio, Illinois governors place bets over Cubs-I.....
* Ohio, Illinois governors place bets over Cubs-I.....

* Company asks pipeline protesters to leave North Dakota land
* Oh, what a night: Cleveland ready to rock sports world
* Trial delayed for man accused of fatal robbery in Illinois
* Trial delayed for man accused of fatal robbery in Illinois
* Fearing Election Day trouble, some US schools cancel classes
* Next year here: Lovable losers Cubs, Indians meet in Series
* Ohio, Illinois governors place bets over Cubs-Indians series
* Ohio, Illinois governors place bets over Cubs-Indians series
* EXCHANGE: Eagle Scout establishes new campsite
* Hand, foot and mouth disease spreads on Illinois campus

* Feds end lease with Illinois for state park, citing neglect
* Statehouse Insider: Tomorrow's a new day; in Illinois, that may not be good
* Cook County lawyer who posed as judge criminally charged
* 1,100 non-union state workers getting $3,016 bonuses
* Springfield veteran honored for volunteer work
* Central Illinois soldier killed in Afghanistan
* Rauner administration awarding more than $3 million in bonuses to non-union workers
* SIU injury-prevention program reinstated through stopgap budget
* Survey: 386 state jobs could relocate to Springfield
* SIU injury-prevention program reinstated through state's stopgap spending plan

* Obama administration confirms double-digit premium hikes. What happens next?
* A tale of two ballparks: Wrigley vs. Progressive
* Caterpillar beats 3Q profit forecasts
* Caterpillar rally imperiled as sales recovery proves elusive
* U of I biz school gets Deloitte gift to help fund transformation

* His family’s connection to the Cubs? Naming the team
* 30-year-old man dies after I-57 crash in Blue Island
* Chicagocentric adult coloring book just may help you de-stress
* Rodent Control gets its own bureau — again — in war on rats
* Schwarber at DH, batting fifth for Cubs in Game 1 of World Series
* Jay Cutler: Bears future ‘conversations for the end of the year’
* A stripped, emotional Lady Gaga comes to life on ‘Joanne’
* Fantasy football: Trading Wilson provides points, lesson
* Plenty of ‘Magic’ at play in Goodman’s world premiere
* Opinion: In Iowa, my radio crackles alive again for the Cubs

* Trump can't just be defeated. He must be humiliated.
* Trump says Obamacare is 'blowing up' after gloomy report
* Great America, Cedar Point parks bet on the Cubs-Indians World Series
* Colin Powell says he's voting for Hillary Clinton
* ESPN snubs White Sox in Cubs' World Series coverage
* A Washington ritual: Reading John Podesta's stolen emails
* Murder suspect's sister: She told me about plot to kill husband in '79
* Judge: Statement 'Simpsons' graffiti suspect gave cops is inadmissible
* Jay Cutler on having John Fox's support: 'He doesn't have a choice'
* Game 1: Kyle Schwarber bats 5th, Chris Coghlan 7th in place of Jason Heyward

The widget AQL4JYGHIY powered by Feed Informer does not exist.

* Our Opinion: Endorsing Bourne, DelGiorno for the Illinois House
* Kathleen Parker: You can dress him up, but Trump is Trump
* Our Opinion: Leslie Munger endorsed for Illinois comptroller
* Feds end lease with Illinois for state park, citing neglect
* Our Opinion: With poor choices, Clinton gets nod for president
* Statehouse Insider: Tomorrow's a new day; in Illinois, that may not be good
* Bernard Schoenburg: DelGiorno apologizes for backer's vulgar Facebook post
* Cooler temperatures lead to greater needs
* Women for Women tops half million mark
* Cook County lawyer who posed as judge criminally charged

* Q-C blogger tries all the pumpkin things, so you don't have to
* Road closed: Oakland Avenue
* SIU's Rodriguez out indefinitely with knee injury
* Man arrested after allegedly intentionally damaging crops with a pickup truck
* McLean County agencies seek 2,000 Thanksgiving turkeys
* Hot chocolate race mixes new and old fall traditions for Lagomarcino's
* Illinois Theatre: The Minotaur
* Update: Passenger dies after semi-trailer crash on Internstate 57 that had killed driver
* Update: Passenger dies after semi-trailer crash on I-57 that had killed driver
* Who's in the news? William Albracht

* Kyle Schwarber to hit fifth for Cubs; Coghlan replaces Heyward
* Mundelein merchant threatens to sue over proposed pet-sale restrictions
* Chicago Cubs set lineup for Game 1 of World Series
* World Series snapshot: The game before the game
* First-round playoff matchups

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Sheila Simon, Sen. Dick Durbin talk budget......
* Sen. Durbin addresses Will County's heroin......
* Opioid Epidemic Symposium Gathers Experts ......

* Democrats see path to Senate control in Il......
* GOP senator flip-flop-flips on supporting ......
* Health questions remain, but Sen. Kirk won......

* Fundraiser Thursday evening for Judge Ketki "Kay" Steffen
* Where's Weyermuller? Reviewing Evanston bakery's presidential "cookie polling"
* DNA Info: Pride Cleaners, Chatham 'Architectural Icon,' For Sale
* World Series tix sellers asking $100k to $1M for Wrigley Field seats
* Thorner/O'Neil: Political correctness sets the path towards totalitarianism tolerance
* Thorner/Clarke: It's not about Hillary or Trump, it's about ending corruption
* Steve Goodman: A Dying #Cubs Fan's Last Request #postseason #flythew
* Illinois REALTORS® urge voters to reelect Sen. Rezin
* Morning Minute: First-time buyers help push U.S. home sales higher in September
* Vote for Sen. Forby says Illinois REALTORS®

* Governor’s Children’s Cabinet Makes Lead Poisoning Prevention A Priority - October 23-30, 2016 - National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
* Illinois EPA Sponsors Interactive Environmental Education Event with Riverton Elementary School - Riverton Third and Fourth Graders “Dive In!” to Celebrate the Environment
* Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Honors Veteran Mr. George Pempek
* Illinois Partners with State of Telangana, India to Strengthen Smart State Initiatives - State to state agreement to accelerate opportunities and service to citizens
* Illinois EPA Announces Vehicle Emissions Testing Network Updates - New Contract to Offer More Efficient, Less Expensive Tests

      Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller