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Jim Trueblood
08-30-2011, 08:39 AM
Ah yes, another shining example of a taxpayer funded, government run program.:suspicious:

Violent Felons PAID To Babysit Children
State Agency Failed To Do Background Checks

By Hannah Roberts (http://americansheepdog.com/home/search.html?s=&authornamef=Hannah+Roberts)

Last updated at 11:06 PM on 29th August 2011

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Sex offender Cornelius Osborne was paid $5,0000 public money to babysit

Convicted rapists, child molesters and other violent felons have been paid to babysit the children of poor families.

The government programme has given sex offenders access to the children over the past decade, while paying them as much as $5,000 each in public money.

The money comes from a $750 million-a-year program that subsidises child care for more than 150,000 impoverished Illinois families.

The Child Care Assistance Program program, has come under scrutiny before, A law passed in 2009 forced the state's Department of Human Services to do a better job of vetting potential participants.

The aim was to prevent convicted rapists — like a man who earned $5,000 baby-sitting two children over a two-year period — from taking part.

But it took nearly 18 months to start the improved vetting procedures, an investigation by the Chicago Tribune found.

Even today there are not sufficient safeguards to prevent people who live in homes with sex offenders and other felons from participating, the newspaper found.

Convicted sex offender Darron Walker was sent more than $3,600 in checks to care for a child who was not a relative

State officials, after learning of the findings, have vowed to implement further reforms, the paper reported.

Republican Senator Matt Murphy said: 'You are talking about not only the state sanctioning, but the state creating an economic incentive for someone with a criminal record to be in a room with a kid.' 'That's frankly not a situation that I find acceptable.'

Supporters say there are no problems with the vast majority of those who participate in the program.

Maria Whelan, the president of the non-profit Illinois Action for Children said: 'This is a program that is absolutely essential if we are going to, with a straight face, tell families that if they work and if they continue to develop themselves, we can help them make a difference for their families.'

The Department of Human Services did not do full background checks on sitters and instead depended on an honour system where it relied on criminals and sex offenders to be honest when applying for jobs with the programme.

Cornelius Osborne had been convicted of raping two women and had been to prison repeatedly for a succession of felonies, from robbery to failing to register as a sex offender, state records show.

But when he filled in an application to babysit his sister's children he did not declare the full extent of his criminal record.

His response showed 'drug trafficking' but he didn't mention prison stints for rape, robbery and kidnapping which would have disqualified him from benefiting from the scheme.

The state did not check Osborne's record and over more than two years, the state paid Osborne nearly $5,000. Eventually another conviction — for dealing drugs — put him back behind bars.

Darron Walker spent more than a dozen years in prison for his role in an attempted sexual assault and a homicide, according to court records.

Yet the Department of Human Services sent him more than $3,600 in checks from 2006 to 2008 to care for a child who was not a relative, according to state and court records.

Officials later discovered Walker was a registered sex offender, and the agency sued him, demanding he pay back the money.


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08-30-2011, 09:16 AM
Simply amazing and totally inexcusable....full background checks are relatively easy to get and inexpensive. If needed, take the charge out of their first check...assuming they pass, otherwise make them pay.


08-30-2011, 02:36 PM
It is shocking to think that child molesters would lie to get access to not only kids but state give away money as well. In the computer age, there is no excuse for a state agency not doing background checks because they are cheap and easy to get ask anyone who has bought a handgun from a store in the last 25 years.
there will always be problems with give away programes from the state or federal government as well .. tend to attract those who are in need and the preditors looking to exploit needy people.

08-30-2011, 05:51 PM
Illinois politics at its BEST!

08-31-2011, 08:55 AM
I would really like to say I am surprised.