“You pay your taxes and Healthcare and Family Services (Medicaid) managers think it is OK to spend that money partying out on a boat, in Boston harbor, with a vendor that was soliciting Illinois for over 100 million dollars in business.”
Would you think it is appropriate for someone to spend your tax dollars for a conference to go party with a vendor spending lavish amounts of money to entertain on private boats, given gifts and extreme amounts of alcohol. HFS responded in partial to our FOIA request and we believe they only released the names of those they think are expendable.
We do find it interesting that they don’t know who paid for that party. That being the case is it safe to say they didn’t? If so, have they violated the State Officials and Employee Ethics Act? For anyone that has ever been to the Boston Harbor rest assured if your going partying on a boat in that harbor it’s a safe bet you will exceed the $75 a day limit the state has in place, specifically item #8 of the act.
These very state workers collectively under the leadership and direction of Chief Information Officer Stephen Depooter have executed an Intergovernmental Agreement with Michigan circumventing Illinois procurement to hand over to the party throwers (CNSI – Vendor for Michigan) 30 million+ dollars in business this year.
CNSI is currently under federal grand jury investigation initiated by the Louisiana Attorney General for the same type of business. Improper contact with state officials! Southeast Michigan Health Information Exchange is also suing CNSI currently for contract violations while at the same time the State of Michigan enters into an agreement to sell their services to Illinois. CNSI has a laundry list of states that are suing them and have had extreme cost over runs and continue to low ball contracts and then ask for more money after they are awarded.
We have one question for Julie Hamos, who is in charge of Illinois HFS. Who is minding your shop?
The Edgar County Watchdogs are working closely with Adam Andrzejewski on multiple projects of which this has been our primary effort for the last three months that included a trip to Louisiana to share information with Tom Aswell of the Louisiana Voice.
For those that think you can’t make a difference, I want to make a special call out to Diane Benjamin of Ellsworth, Illinois (BlnNews.com) who was the one person who is responsible for bringing this to the right people to be investigated and exposed! One person does make a difference!
We have now established multiple whistle blowers from several state agencies to include senior managers who have assisted in the gathering of this information. Currently we have approximately 1,000 documents and emails.
We are about to unleash a massive amount of information online showing the corruption including how one of the managers had business ties in a company that was being awarded tens of million of dollars as part of the $190,000,000 MMIS replacement project. Stay tuned as our team of investigators continue to compile the information over the next week!
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CNSI didn’t like the story. Their lawyer replied to the charges. Here is our response back: http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2013/07/dedicated-response-to-cnsi-senior-vice-president-legal-counsel/