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* Chicago AIDS charity facing scrutiny over spending

Four years ago, the Let’s Talk, Let’s Test Foundation helped persuade Illinois legislators to spend $3 million a year to fight the spread of AIDS in African-American communities.

The Chicago not-for-profit organization — founded by state Rep. Connie Howard (D-Chicago) — went on to get $1.2 million in taxpayer money from that program, called the African American HIV/AIDS Response Fund.

Now, state health department officials are questioning $523,545 in spending by Let’s Talk, Let’s Test. The expenses being scrutinized range from the purchase of a skybox at a college football game at Soldier Field to five-figure “bonus” payments to two staffers, state records show.

Federal authorities also are looking into the foundation. “As of today, we can confirm that the U.S. attorney’s office is investigating the LTLT matter,” Kelly Jakubek, communications manager for the Illinois Department of Public Health, said Friday.

* $500,000 for building rehab, and nothing to show for it

* Illinois county’s slump leaves sheriff in lurch

* Belleville sees protest, counter-protest, over bus attack

* Accusations Fly in Debate Over Dead Bodies

A Chicago alderman and a company that holds a controversial city contract got into a war of words Friday at city hall.

Alderman Ed Burke says contract for transporting dead bodies is a prime example of waste during tough budget times He’s criticized the more than $600 price tag per body charged by the company, GSSP. Burke held another hearing on the matter today in the council’s finance committee, which he chairs, blasting the company and city officials.

* An Olympic transit dilemma

Feds coy on aid, but any upgrades would involve a tricky balancing act

* Chicago Olympic bid plans to tug at emotions

* Eisenhower Expressway expansion project is the next big thing

* Making space for cabs

* CTA slates 3 public meetings on ‘Circle Line’

* Chicago flunks when it comes to special ed

* Haze lingers over 2008 smoking ban

Even after recent clarification, problems with enforcement remain

* Case of Rod Blagojevich fund-raiser Chris Kelly dismissed

* Rally asks: Who shot cousins?

* Governor honors mothers of fallen soldiers

* Gold stars honor military families

* Adlai Stevenson III shakes out the family scrapbook for new book

* Rich Bradley signs off at WUIS

posted by Mike Murray
Monday, Sep 28, 09 @ 8:51 am


  1. That building rehab story for the AIDS charity is unbelievable. Who actually decided that taxpayer money should go into purchasing and renovating a south side apartment building to provide operating funding for a charity organization with the future rent monies??? How is that even defendable??

    Comment by BigDog Monday, Sep 28, 09 @ 8:56 am

  2. With Obama going to Copenhagen, I’m getting the feeling that the Olympics are a done deal for Chicago.

    By that I mean he wouldn’t go if he didn’t already know there was good news. Yes, I’m suggesting the IOC has tipped them off. Don’t be shocked; a cursory reading of the IOC history would disabuse you of any notions that they are of Olympian virtue.

    Comment by wordslinger Monday, Sep 28, 09 @ 9:11 am

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