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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 October 2012 09:11
And Dunn Bros Coffee is once again an official Corporate Alliance partner with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Join us this month to help raise awareness and funding for the important work this foundation is doing to find a cure.

Here's how we can help The Breast Cancer Research Foundation in October:
  • Start seeing pink! We'll be distributing bright pink cups starting October 1. Raise awareness with every Dunn Brothers drink you purchase in a hot to-go cup. Show it off and show your support.

  • New Dunn Sisters Blend coffee. We're donating $1 for every pound of our fabulous new Dunn Sisters Blend coffee sold in October. This coffee was blended specially for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is available only for a limited time. Available in-store or online.

  • Bold Standard Donation Day. On Tuesday, October 9, 25¢ from each medium or large regular-priced beverage sold will be donated to BCRF.

  • Pick up a pink travel mug and raise awareness all year long. Dunn Bros Coffee is donating $1 from every featured pink travel mug sold in October. While supplies last. Learn More

  • Donate your 25¢ sustainability reward. This month only, we'll give you the option to donate your 25¢ reward for using a reusable mug to BCRF.

BCRF mission

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide.  For more information about BCRF, visit www.bcrfcure.org.

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Lt. Governor Simon to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Monday, 01 October 2012 07:55

CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will launch a statewide cell phone drive in conjunction with Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine campaign on Monday in Springfield. Each donated phone will be entirely erased, and could be given to a domestic violence victim for emergency use.

For each phone donated, Verizon will donate $10 to the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Phones can be donated at the following locations:

·         Lt. Governor’s Chicago office – James R. Thompson Center 15th floor

·         Lt. Governor’s Springfield office – 214 State Capitol

·         Lt. Governor’s Carbondale office – IDOT Facility, 2801 W. Murphysboro Rd.

·         Chicago Bar Association bookstore – 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago

·         Illinois State Bar Association – 424 S. Second St., Springfield

“We have the ability to refurbish old technology in a safe and sensible way,” Simon said. “Instead of tossing an old cell phone in your junk drawer or the trash, donate it to someone where one emergency call could save their life.”

DATE: Monday, October 1

TIME: 11 a.m.

LOCATION: Governor’s Mansion, 410 East Jackson Street, Springfield

 

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Food for Thought Offers Tasty Ways to Support the Rock Island Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Monday, 01 October 2012 07:49

The Rock Island Public Library Foundation will offer book-loving guests a tasty way to ‘eat, drink and support their library” with the 8th annual Food for Thought, a signature event from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 8 at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.

The one-night only event transforms the historic library into a spot for dining, socializing and bidding on books signed by best-selling authors. Admission includes tastes of Rock Island from six guest chefs, wines poured by Thad Miller, wine and spirits manager at the Rock Island Hy-Vee and craft brew samples from Dan Cleaveland of the Blue Cat Brew Pub, and music by the BHC Jazz Combo and Lee Blackmon.

Food stations include selections prepared by Brad Scott and the Scott Community College Culinary Arts Academy, Martha Cleaveland of Blue Cat Brew Pub, Eudell Watts, III, of Eudell’s Specialty Foods, Chef Robert Lewis, “the happy diabetic,” Chef Craig Joos of the Rock Island Hy-Vee and Chef Kyle, of Doc’s Inn.

Guests can bid on more than 30 books signed by their authors, as well as other unique gift items, including a private home dinner party for four, baskets and packages from local businesses.

The 8th annual fundraiser helps the Rock Island Public Library Foundation fulfill requests for special programs and projects that are outside the Rock Island Library’s normal operating budget. Rock Island Library Foundation dollars support special purchases of materials, equipment, beautification projects and more.

The Main Library is open to Food for Thought guests only that night, with admission payable at the door by cash, check or credit. A new feature this year is preferred admission to reward those who RSVP. Admission with an RSVP is $30 for one person or $50 for two. Without an RSVP, admission is $35 at the door per person.

In order to prepare for the event, the Main Library will close at noon on Nov. 8. The Rock Island 30/31 and Southwest Branches will be open until normal hours.

To RSVP, please call Foundation secretary Amy Penry at 309-732-7302 by October 31. Donations to the 501c3 Rock Island Library Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

More information also available on the Support Your Library and News pages at www.rockislandlibrary.org

 
Grassley Questions Deputy Attorney General About Reno ATF/US Attorney Rift PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 October 2012 07:46

Friday, September 28, 2012

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley is asking Deputy Attorney General James Cole about his office’s knowledge about the falling-out between the Reno, NV offices for the U.S. Attorney and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

In a letter sent late last night, Grassley wrote, and provided documents, that ATF agents in Reno notified the Office of Professional Responsibility nearly one year ago, yet the breakdown between the two offices continued.

“It appears the ATF and the US Attorney’s Office may finally be stepping up to resolve the problem in Reno, but we need to learn how it got to this point.  It’s inexcusable that it festered for more than a year,” Grassley said.

Here’s a copy of the text of Grassley’s letter.  A signed copy can be found here.

 

September 27, 2012

Via Electronic Transmission

The Honorable James M. Cole

Deputy Attorney General

U.S. Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20530

 

Dear Deputy Attorney General Cole:

As you may be aware, I recently contacted both Nevada U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Acting Director B. Todd Jones about allegations from whistleblowers that a breakdown in relations had occurred between ATF and the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) in Reno, Nevada.[1] I have not yet received a briefing from either of their offices.

The alleged breakdown is illustrated in a declination memorandum from the Reno USAO, which indicates that as of September 29, 2011, the Reno USAO categorically refused to accept any cases submitted by Reno ATF.  The declination memo states, “We are willing to consider your cases again when your management addresses and resolves the issues at hand.”[2] Apparently as a consequence, ATF’s Reno Field Office has only opened one case in 2012, as the attached chart indicates.[3]

I have since obtained documents from whistleblowers which indicate that these issues were raised with ATF headquarters and the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) almost a year ago.  According to one document, ATF agents in Reno notified ATF’s Internal Affairs Division of the issue on October 13, 2011.[4] According to a second document, an ATF agent in Reno notified OPR on October 25, 2011.[5] As you may know, because of ATF and the Reno USAO’s inability to resolve these issues, three ATF line agents and a supervisor were transferred out of Reno in April 2012.

In light of these facts, I am seeking to understand whether Justice Department management was also notified of the problems between ATF and the USAO in Reno, and if so, what actions were taken to rectify these issues.  Your office, the Office of the Deputy Attorney General (ODAG), is responsible for overseeing both ATF and U.S. Attorneys.  Therefore, please answer the following questions:

 

1)      Was anyone in ODAG notified in any way of these problems prior to my letters to ATF and U.S. Attorney Bogden on September 17, 2012?

a.      If so, when were individuals in ODAG first notified?

b.      What actions did they take to inquire into the situation?

c.       What actions did they take to address the situation?

2)     Were you aware of these problems prior to my letters to ATF and U.S. Attorney Bogden on September 17, 2012?

a.      If so, when were you first notified?

b.      What actions did you take to inquire into the situation?

c.       What actions did you take to address the situation?

3)     Was anyone in the Office of the Attorney General notified in any way of these problems prior to my letters to ATF and U.S. Attorney Bogden on September 17, 2012?

a.      If so, when were they first notified?

b.      What actions did they take to inquire into the situation?

c.       What actions did they take to address the situation?

Please also provide the following documents:

4)     All emails pertaining to anyone at Justice Department headquarters becoming aware of these issues prior to my letters to ATF and U.S. Attorney Bogden on September 17, 2012.

5)     All emails pertaining to anyone at Justice Department headquarters responding to these issues prior to my letters to ATF and U.S. Attorney Bogden on September 17, 2012.

Please provide a response and produce these documents by Thursday, October 11, 2012.  If you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Brian Downey or Tristan Leavitt of my staff at (202) 224-5225.

 

Sincerely,

Charles E. Grassley
Ranking Member

 

Attachments

cc:       The Honorable Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General

U.S. Department of Justice

B. Todd Jones, Acting Director

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

[1] Letter from Senator Grassley to U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada Daniel G. Bogden (Sep. 17, 2012) (Attachment 1); Letter from Senator Grassley to ATF Acting Director B. Todd Jones (Sep. 17, 2012) (Attachment 2).

2 Letter from Assistant U.S. Attorney Sue Fahami to ATF Special Agent (Sep. 29, 2011) (Attachment 3).

3 “Cases Initiated by Program Area,” ATF Reno Field Office (Attachment 4).

4 Memorandum from ATF Internal Affairs Division to ATF Assistant Director for the Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations, “Request to Close Investigation” (Feb. 10, 2012) (Attachment 5).

5 Letter from Justice Department Office of Professional Responsibility to ATF Special Agent (Dec. 12, 2011) (Attachment 6).




[1] Letter from Senator Grassley to U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada Daniel G. Bogden (Sep. 17, 2012) (Attachment 1); Letter from Senator Grassley to ATF Acting Director B. Todd Jones (Sep. 17, 2012) (Attachment 2).

[2] Letter from Assistant U.S. Attorney Sue Fahami to ATF Special Agent (Sep. 29, 2011) (Attachment 3).

[3] “Cases Initiated by Program Area,” ATF Reno Field Office (Attachment 4).

[4] Memorandum from ATF Internal Affairs Division to ATF Assistant Director for the Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations, “Request to Close Investigation” (Feb. 10, 2012) (Attachment 5).

[5] Letter from Justice Department Office of Professional Responsibility to ATF Special Agent (Dec. 12, 2011) (Attachment 6).

 
Grassley Presses for Answers About Alleged FBI Prostitution Case PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Friday, 28 September 2012 15:29
WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley is pressing FBI Director Robert Mueller for information about taxpayer dollars possibly being spent on prostitutes for an FBI agent and several cooperating witnesses in the Philippines.

Grassley’s questions come after a motion outlining the allegations was filed in a California federal district court.  The motion alleges that an undercover agent “invited [the cooperating individuals] to . . . brothels in and around Manila in order to reward them for their efforts and encourage them to continue looking for weapons.  [The undercover agent] ordered prostitutes, and paid for himself and others to have sex with the prostitutes.”  The motion also provides correspondence from the Justice Department which confirms that the undercover FBI agent made reimbursement requests totaling $14,500 in expenses incurred by the undercover agent at clubs in the Philippines.  In addition, the motion claims that many of the prostitutes at one of the brothels the FBI agent frequented were likely minors.

Grassley said that U.S. federal law enforcement personnel must be beyond reproach and that this type of behavior cannot be condoned by FBI leadership.  Grassley has requested the FBI to provide responses to questions, a briefing and documents by October 10, 2012, regarding this situation.

The text of the letter to Mueller is below.  A signed copy of the letter can be found here.

 

September 27, 2012

 

Via Electronic Transmission

 

The Honorable Robert S. Mueller, III

Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

U.S. Department of Justice

J. Edgar Hoover Building

935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20535

 

Dear Director Mueller:

Recently, I became aware of disturbing allegations regarding an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent in the Philippines.  A motion filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California last week alleges that the undercover FBI agent spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on prostitutes in the Philippines for himself and three other individuals cooperating with the FBI.[1] If true, this story raises serious questions about the behavior of this agent and the FBI’s knowledge of this matter.

The motion alleges that the undercover agent and another FBI agent, both based out of West Covina, California, were in the Philippines as part of a weapons-trafficking investigation.  The undercover agent was reportedly posing as a weapons broker for Mexican drug cartels.[2] According to the motion: “On several occasions, the undercover agent invited [the cooperating individuals] to . . . brothels in and around Manila in order to reward them for their efforts and encourage them to continue looking for weapons.  [The undercover agent] ordered prostitutes, and paid for himself and others to have sex with the prostitutes.”[3] It is unclear whether the second FBI agent was ever also present.

The motion attaches a declaration from a federal public defender investigator, who traveled to the Philippines in May 2012 to interview witnesses.[4] The motion also provides correspondence from Justice Department trial attorneys dated August 23, 2012, which confirms that the undercover FBI agent did indeed make “several requests for reimbursement . . . for the time period November 15, 2010 to September 27, 2011 that may relate to expenses incurred by the undercover agent at clubs in the Philippines” when the three individuals cooperating with the FBI were present.[5] The requested reimbursements total $14,500.  The Justice Department’s correspondence is attached to this letter.

The motion claims that many of the prostitutes at one of the brothels the FBI agent frequented were likely minors.  It attaches documentation that on May 5, 2012, the Philippine government raided the brothel and rescued 60 victims of human trafficking, 20 of whom were minors.[6] The aforementioned letter from Justice Department trial attorneys acknowledges that the undercover FBI agent submitted a request for reimbursement based on expenses at the brothel on September 26 and 27, 2011.[7] The motion also identifies at least four other dates on which discovery produced by the government indicates the FBI agent visited the brothel.[8]

In light of this information, I ask that you provide a briefing to my staff on this issue as soon as possible.  I also request that you come prepared to answer the following questions:

1)      Of the $14,500 requested by the undercover agent for reimbursement, how much was the agent actually reimbursed by the FBI?

2)      Was the undercover FBI agent the case agent for this weapons-trafficking investigation?  If not, did the case agent authorize the expenses at the brothels in this undercover operation?

3)      Did any other U.S. law enforcement or embassy personnel visit these brothels with the undercover FBI agent?  Please list each agency, the number of employees involved, each individual’s role, and whether they were a recipient of the services for which reimbursement was requested of the FBI.

4)      Was any of the activity for which reimbursement was requested recorded by wire or video surveillance?  If so, which activity?  Please provide all recordings.

5)      What other U.S. law enforcement or embassy personnel participated in the Philippines in the overall weapons-trafficking investigation?  Please list each agency, the number of employees involved, and their role.

6)      Was the first-line supervisor of the undercover FBI agent and/or case agent aware of the undercover agent’s visits to brothels?  What other supervisors were informed?

7)      When and how did FBI headquarters become aware of these allegations against this FBI agent working in the Philippines?

8)      What actions were taken by FBI headquarters to investigate these allegations?

9)      Has discipline been proposed for any FBI employees (agents or other personnel) in connection with this?  If so, please describe the circumstances and procedural standing of the proposed discipline.

10)  When did FBI supervisors become aware that minors may have been involved at these brothels?

11)  Did the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) running the undercover operation receive notification of and/or authorize the undercover activity at the brothels?

12)  Was the USAO running the undercover operation provided notes or other materials (e.g. 302’s) regarding the events in question?  If so, please provide these documents.

13)  Is the FBI aware of any other instances of similar behavior occurring by other agents stationed around the world?  If so, please describe them.

14)  How many FBI employees (agents or other personnel) have been disciplined in the last eight years, including those terminated or voluntarily separated from the FBI, for soliciting, hiring, procuring the services of, or other inappropriate behavior involving prostitutes?  Include all instances in which the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) reviewed allegations that FBI agents were involved with prostitutes, including a detailed summary of the allegations, the findings of investigation, the pay grade and rank of the employee, the proposed punishment (administrative or otherwise), the location where the incident(s) occurred, and whether the employee is still employed by the FBI.

15)  How many FBI employees (agents or other personnel) have been terminated by the FBI following an investigation or allegations of inappropriate involvement with prostitutes?

16)  How many FBI employees (agents or other personnel) remain employed by the FBI following an investigation or allegations of inappropriate involvement with prostitutes?

Finally, please also provide the following documents:

17)  Any case notes or briefing plan regarding the undercover activity, including how the undercover activity was monitored or details on surveillance by agents in the brothels.

18)  All emails pertaining to FBI becoming aware of any of the above allegations.

19)  All emails demonstrating the FBI’s response to the above allegations.

Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this matter.  I would appreciate receiving your response to this matter by October 10, 2012.  Should you have any questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact my staff at (202) 224-5225.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Grassley
Ranking Member

Attachment

cc:        The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Attorney General of the United States

U.S. Department of Justice

 

The Honorable Michael E. Horowitz

Inspector General

U.S. Department of Justice

 

[1] Motion to Dismiss Indictment Because of Outrageous Government Conduct, United States v. Syjuco, Case No. CR 12-37-RGK (C.D. Cal., Sept. 17, 2012).

2 Id. at 4.

3 Id. at 10-11.

4 Id. at 50-55 (Declaration of Richard Goff (Sept. 14, 2012)).

5 Id. at 114-115 (Letter on behalf of Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer to John Littrell, et al. (Aug. 23, 2012), at 1) (Attachment 1).

6 Id. at 116-127, Exhibit F (Recommendation for Prosecution, National Bureau of Investigation, Republic of the Philippines (May 7, 2012)).

7 Id. at 113-115, Exhibit E (Letter on behalf of Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer to John Littrell, et al. (Aug. 23, 2012), at 1).

8 Id. at 11.  The dates are October 5, 2010; November 16, 2010; February 22, 2011; and September 23, 2011.

 




[1] Motion to Dismiss Indictment Because of Outrageous Government Conduct, United States v. Syjuco, Case No. CR 12-37-RGK (C.D. Cal., Sept. 17, 2012).

[2] Id. at 4.

[3] Id. at 10-11.

[4] Id. at 50-55 (Declaration of Richard Goff (Sept. 14, 2012)).

[5] Id. at 114-115 (Letter on behalf of Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer to John Littrell, et al. (Aug. 23, 2012), at 1) (Attachment 1).

[6] Id. at 116-127, Exhibit F (Recommendation for Prosecution, National Bureau of Investigation, Republic of the Philippines (May 7, 2012)).

[7] Id. at 113-115, Exhibit E (Letter on behalf of Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer to John Littrell, et al. (Aug. 23, 2012), at 1).

[8] Id. at 11.  The dates are October 5, 2010; November 16, 2010; February 22, 2011; and September 23, 2011.

 
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