Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-06-08
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

CJR accused of fraud
by Mason Harrison
2010-09-08

This article shared 2609 times since Wed Sep 8, 2010
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


A local LGBT-rights organization has come under fire once again from critics who allege that the group's executive director, Marc Loveless, produced a slew of faulty invoices to show to state authorities who reimbursed the organization for more than $30,000 in spending on what was supposed to be HIV/AIDS-related prevention activities, in-house salaries and other measures related to the group's mission.

The Coalition for Justice and Respect ( CJR ) submitted dozens of invoices, dating as far back as 2008, to the Illinois Department of Public Health ( IDPH ) purporting, critics charge, to have spent thousands on various projects such as paying for prevention materials to be given to members of high-risk groups, issuing honoraria to symposium experts and pumping out more than $5,000 to secure airtime on Chicago's WVON radio station.

But a number of payees, vendors and former employees are alleging that CJR never made at least some of the payments the group told the state it made. Longtime LGBT-rights activists Ben Montgomery and Charles Nelson are listed as having received honoraria for participating in a May 2008 workshop on Black gay men. Nelson told Windy City Times that he never received payment, although it was promised, for participating in the workshop. "I was told, 'The check is coming. The check is coming,' but I never received any check," Nelson said. And Montgomery stated that he never participated in the CJR workshop.

Denise King of WVON told Windy City Times that CJR never purchased airtime on the station. "I know nothing about that," she said, adding, "That has to be false." CJR reported to IDPH that is spent several thousand dollars purchasing airtime on WVON for a one-hour program in February 2009. King said that program "never took place" and that the station would never charge the $5,000 amount for an hour of airtime that is listed on the invoice.

CJR also listed $11,000 in salary payments to the organization's four employees, including Loveless. Two former employees who asked not to be named told Windy City Times that paychecks have yet to be cut for their services to the organization.

A spokesperson for IDPH told Windy City Times that grantees who falsely report expenditures are subject to receive a request from the state to return their funding under the Illinois Grant Funds Recovery Act or face criminal charges should state officials determine that a grantee has engaged in willful attempts to mislead officials.

Attempts to reach Loveless for comment were unsuccessful as of the press deadline.


This article shared 2609 times since Wed Sep 8, 2010
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Judge: Kevin Spacey owes almost $31 million 2022-08-04
- On Aug. 4, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana confirmed that embattled actor Kevin Spacey must pay House of Cards producer MRC nearly $31 million for alleged sexual misconduct behind the scenes of the ...


Gay News

Committee makes recommendations for expanded court service for Cook County domestic-violence victims 2022-07-29
-- From a press release - CHICAGO (July 29, 2022) — The Circuit Court of Cook County Committee on Domestic Violence Court has developed a plan to improve court access to help domestic violence victims, which will include an after-hours pilot program ...


Gay News

GoFundMe page for UpRising Bakery raises thousands of dollars 2022-07-25
- A GoFundMe page for Lake in the Hills venue UpRising Bakery and Cafe—an LGBTQ+-owned site that was the subject of protests and vandalism after planning to host a family-friendly drag show that was later canceled—has raised ...


Gay News

Man arrested for vandalism of LGBTQ+-owned suburban bakery 2022-07-24
- Authorities in Lake in the Hills, a suburb of Chicago, have made an arrest in the case of the vandalism of a bakery that had to cancel an all-ages drag show because of the crime, ABC 7 Chicago reported. Joseph I. ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Miami textbooks, Lia Thomas, Florida churches, Key West figure dies 2022-07-24
- Miami-Dade County students could go months without sex-education books after school board members, by a five-to-four vote, rejected two proposed textbooks over concerns they violate the state's Parental Rights in Education bill, known by opponents as ...


Gay News

Man indicted for attacking men in D.C. for their sexual orientation 2022-07-15
- A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Michael Thomas Pruden, 48, with five counts of assault on federal land, one count of impersonating a federal officer and a hate-crimes sentencing enhancement alleging that Pruden assaulted ...


Gay News

More than 500 women sue Uber over claims of sexual assault 2022-07-14
- Uber is being sued by more than 500 women who claim they were assaulted by drivers who use the ride-hailing platform, CNBC reported. The complaint—filed in San Francisco County Superior Court—claims that "women passengers in multiple ...


Gay News

Kevin Spacey pleads not guilty in London in sexual-assault case 2022-07-14
- On July 14, two-time Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey pled not guilty of sexual assault in London's Central Criminal Court, according to WAGM-TV. The former House of Cards star, who ran London's Old Vic theater between 2004 ...


Gay News

Reports: Chicago trans woman murdered in West Englewood neighborhood 2022-07-13
- A Chicago trans woman was attacked and died the late evening of July 11/early morning of July 12, according to reports. An individual was found with multiple stab wounds after Chicago Police Department (CPD) answered a ...


Gay News

John Pennycuff's memorial library at Unity Park is graffitied 2022-07-10
- The John Pennycuff Little Library, at Chicago's Unity Park, was recently sprayed with graffiti. Robert Castillo, Pennycuff's surviving husband, stated on Facebook that some tried to cover the original tagging with their own rainbow-hued graffiti. ...


Gay News

Former Japanese prime minister dies after being shot 2022-07-08
- Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died on July 8 after being shot while giving a campaign speech on a street in central Japan, CNN reported, citing public broadcaster NHK. Japanese publication Nikkei also reported that ...


Gay News

'Cheer' star receives prison sentence 2022-07-07
- On July 6, Jerry Harris, the former star of hit Netflix docuseries Cheer, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for child pornography soliciting sex from minors, Variety noted, citing USA Today. Harris, 22, ...


Gay News

Jeffrey Epstein cohort Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 20 years 2022-06-28
- On June 28, Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for carrying out a years-long scheme with her longtime confidante (and former boyfriend) Jeffrey Epstein to groom and sexually abuse underage girls, media ...


Gay News

Mass shooting takes place at Norwegian gay club 2022-06-25
- Oslo's annual Pride parade was canceled June 25 following a deadly shooting at a gay bar that Norwegian police are investigating as a possible terrorist attack, CNN reported. Two people were killed and eight others taken ...


Gay News

Murdered man's brother continues search for information about 2004 killing 2022-06-24
Video below - A Rockford man is continuing to search for clues about the circumstances surrounding his brother's 2004 murder in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood. Kevin Clewer was found murdered in his apartment on the 3400 block of North ...


 



Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.