Wednesday, October 19, 2011

LINK Fraud? In Chicago?

Evidently, nationwide. But no one seems to care:
  • Link cards are supposed to help families across the country that are out of work or struggling financially to put food on the table.

    It’s the modern-day version of food stamp, and it’s all funded by taxpayers. But local convenience store operators are getting their hands on the cards and profiting without selling any food, [...].

    Nationwide, the problem is so bad, it is estimated there is $330 million in Link Card fraud each year.

If you go into any corner grocery store in certain neighborhoods, the only food items in evidence are bags of chips and assorted drinks, yet these corner stores pull in more Link and WIC money than any individual Jewel or Dominick's store. How can that be? Fraud, on a massive scale, but no one is following up on it.

Anyone want to guess where much of this money ends up? We're betting overseas, working against American interests. And even Tom Dart recognizes the problem:
  • In Illinois alone, $251 million in Link Card food assistance is given to recipients each month. The big bucks are badly abused, says Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

    “I could do Link Card cases every minute of the day, and use every person that works for me, and I’m still not going to be able to get out in front of this thing,” he says.

It's huge.

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91 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't this be put out in front of national media outlets and get the ball rolling? Here on SCC is a food start, however it is like preaching to the choir since we all know of the abuses. How about the search warrant where the store owner had te link machine hooked up in his house and was selling crack to bustouts who paid with link?

10/19/2011 12:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True story. Media can look into. Go swipe the link card at the corner store. Store owner gives cash back to link user, pockets a share for ringing up the phoney sale. Link user now has cash to go buy drugs. Store owner has more money to send overseas to countries that dont have our best intrest.

10/19/2011 12:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couple of days ago, yep, saw a woman buying pop and chips,with her Link card, after which she bought lottery tickets..yep, it's all legit.

10/19/2011 12:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Illinois alone, $251 million in Link Card food assistance is given to recipients each month. The big bucks are badly abused, says Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

“I could do Link Card cases every minute of the day, and use every person that works for me, and I’m still not going to be able to get out in front of this thing,” he says.




so, void the damn things en masse, and make everyone reapply for benefits.

not 'entitlements', but assistance benefits, based on verifiable need.

and not 'i needs my links caaaard'.

10/19/2011 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, but these dumb ass liberals want to continue giving our hard earn money away. When the money runs out and these lazy animals start to loot, i got something for them.

10/19/2011 12:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like these store owners are taking a page from our corrupt thieving politicians. How much money gets stolen by thess Democrat/Republican bastards every year. Look at these corrupt assholes like Celeni on trial now. He has stoelen millions and has worked with both sides of the political aisle. Corruption is nothing new in this state so why even get upset about it.

10/19/2011 12:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My aunt has been a checker at Jewel for 21 years. She tells tales of LINK abuse that would make your head spin. A family of illegals paying with LINK and right behind them in line was the father paying for all the booze with a wad of hundreds. Filet mignon and lobster tails. Shit, I bust my balls and can't afford surf-n-turf. Most disturbing though was a few weeks ago. Joe comes in and buys like 10 gallons of Oberweis milk, goes directly to the lot to dump out the milk, and brings in the glass bottles for the cash deposit and buys a pack of squares. Your tax dollars hard at work to feed these poor helpless families. I'm very proud to say that she reports every instance she feels is abuse/misuse. I'm certain it falls on deaf ears in this shit state of ours, but proud nonetheless.

10/19/2011 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some state did follow up on spending of the welfare money using prepaid cards. They discovered they were used all over the world, including china and middle east.

10/19/2011 12:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Illinois alone, $251 million in Link Card food assistance is given to recipients each month.




each month?


EACH MONTH!!!!!?????


Holy Fuck Me In The Ass, Batman, that is some serious doe ray me!


3 BILLION doe ray me's a year.


now, that's a whole shitload of flamin' cheetos!

10/19/2011 12:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One corner store in the ghetto managed to rack up one million in Link in only one month. The state electronically reimbursed the store at the beginning of the next month and the money was instantly wired overseas to the middle east. The store closed and the middle easterners who ran it were gone. To say Link card fraud is huge is an incredible understatement.

10/19/2011 01:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen people use the link card then get into mercedes benz. I have seen people who speak zero english use the link card. I even witnessed a homeless man with a link card sell it to buy drugs. Its disgusting the fraud that goes on.

where is the oversight? Oh wait the democrats are in charge in illinois. There is zero oversight. They like the votes of the freeloaders.

10/19/2011 01:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

America is the only country where the poor people are obese.

10/19/2011 01:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a limit on how long one can live on a link card. Better yet, you want to get free food and rent... your no good lazy ass is showing up to work doing something. How about county swap for food/rent.

10/19/2011 01:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of LINK cards.

The card operates like a debit card...

Now with a debit card there is a swipe fee of about .44 per swipe.

On 10/01/2011 a new law was passed that reduced the swipe fee to a max of .24 each time the card is used.

The actual cost to do each transaction is only .04 so the rest is profit and you can see the huge mark-up even with the lower charges now in effect.

see Durbin fee video

So here's the question for the reporters that read this blog.

How are the banks compensated for processing LINK card transactions?

Are LINK cards paying the same swipe fees as a debit cards since they operate just like a debit card, or was an entirely separate agreement reached with the bank to handle these LINK transactions?

If LINK cards and the fees charged are in fact treated just like debit cards, which we need to find out, then is the LINK program now benefiting from the new lower charges or is the LINK agreement somehow excluded and being charged the old rate as some sort of gift to the banks?

10/19/2011 01:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dartts not gonna use HIS people for much, trust me.

10/19/2011 01:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have a Link Card..Mandatory drug testing once a month. Piss hot or refuse,lose the Link Card for 6 months..Florida started testing,the Link Card usage dropped 40% within one month.

10/19/2011 02:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simple solution. Only let certain stores use them. Stop funneling money to the terrorists.

10/19/2011 02:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take those PURPLE VISA cards away from the parasites! What's wrong with you?

10/19/2011 03:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So we spend a little over 3 billion dollars a year in tax payers money on link. Shut the whole program down and our financial problems are solved. Reduce payments by 20 percent a year. That's plenty of time to find a job and, here's a crazy idea, support yourself.

10/19/2011 03:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Link card funds terrorism

10/19/2011 04:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is where the pension money goes, your taxes go, and the politicians scratch their heads instead of fixing the problem. They just don't care, business as usual and they get richer.

10/19/2011 04:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Silent T said...

Liberals & Democrats are not only ruining the country but the entire cultural fabric of this nation. For the love of God & all of mankind Chgo awake da fuck up & vote anything but democrat.

10/19/2011 04:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm just a singer. Got 20? Take my card.

10/19/2011 05:16:00 AM  
Anonymous HATER said...

DART?

O RIGHT THE GUY THE SPECIALIZES IN CORPSES.

YEA THAT GACY MURDER THING A HEATER.

HOW ABOUT DART FOCUS ON THAT SILLY PRISON OF HIS AND TEACH THOSE SHERIFFS HOW TO RIGHT A REPORT AND SIGN A COMPLAINT.

O 1 MORE THING WHAT WITH ALL THE SHERIFF LOSING THEIR GUNS?

10/19/2011 05:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Hey, I'm Just Sayin, said...

What could go wrong when you are helping the poor and unfortunate to survive in this big, bad and unfair world?

The LA Times did an investigation on California's welfare spending. There, they receive an ATM card with literally no restrictions. Here's what they discovered:

$69 million in California welfare money drawn out of state

Reporting from Sacramento — More than $69 million in California welfare money, meant to help the needy pay their rent and clothe their children, has been spent or withdrawn outside the state in recent years, including millions in Las Vegas, hundreds of thousands in Hawaii and thousands on cruise ships sailing from Miami.

State-issued aid cards have been used at hotels, shops, restaurants, ATMs and other places in 49 other states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam, according to data obtained by The Times from the California Department of Social Services. Las Vegas drew $11.8 million of the cash benefits, far more than any other destination. The money was accessed from January 2007 through May 2010.
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/oct/04/local/la-me-welfare-20101004

California welfare recipients withdrew $1.8 million at casino ATMs over eight months.
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jun/25/local/la-me-welfare-casinos-20100625

10/19/2011 05:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two words: Food Pantries.

Milk, eggs, cheese, bread, meat. Child formula. No $. What will they do? Sell the stuff to each other, or to the quickly going out of business Palestinian corner winery?

10/19/2011 05:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Can't this be put out in front of national media outlets and get the ball rolling?"

Yes it can, and the worthless MSM will either ignore it, or claim that any investigation or reduction in benefits will result in the wholesale starving of children.

10/19/2011 06:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Juvenile probation officer , virtually all my families get the LINK card . Their kids also get free meals year round from school.Have always been curious why we have to pay twice to feed them.Also, a common complaint we get is one of the kids taking the LINK card and cashing it in at the neighborhood corner store .It's pretty obvious where the money is coming from to subsidize the drug trade in the hood.It's the LINK and the SSI which almost all our kids also seem to get.

10/19/2011 06:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The LINK should be replaced with bags of rice and Asian carp.

10/19/2011 06:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Transported some guys who were in a stolen car last week for another unit. One gentleman in the group had $1500 cash on him, a $1000 vest (yeah, WTF?), and some nice threads. He also had his link card paper clipped to the cash when we handed him off to lockup. My tax money hard at work there.

10/19/2011 06:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So we spend a little over 3 billion dollars a year in tax payers money on link. Shut the whole program down and our financial problems are solved. Reduce payments by 20 percent a year. That's plenty of time to find a job and, here's a crazy idea, support yourself.

10/19/2011 03:23:00 AM

Hmm, lets see city, state and county threatening (and doing) layoffs. Companies leaving or closing and you say a year is plenty of time to find a job. Funny, funny, funny.

10/19/2011 06:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burger King, Mcdonald's, Taco Bell...etc. They started lobbying so that they can get a piece of that pie.

You want to take away my clothing allowance and replace it with a PX? Fine, take away the LINK and have people show up at a warehouse filled with food they will be able to access using an Il. DL or ID. that is ONLY used to purchase food.

10/19/2011 08:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, the liberal state of Minnesota lets them double dip on welfare. Sweet!

10/19/2011 08:12:00 AM  
Blogger Stopthepresses2 said...

The next time you're standing in line at a cash machine wanting to withdraw your hard earned cash, don't be shocked when the person in front of you is using their LINK CARD in the "Magic Money Machine" to withdraw your hard earned tax money too. Money they neither earned or deposited. http://crimeinchicago.blogspot.com/2011/09/first-magic-cash-machines-atms-now.html

10/19/2011 08:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI. Congress just approved a 3.9% raise in ssi benefits for next year. So pookie with "asthma" or the shot up gang banger are getting bigger raises than us.

10/19/2011 08:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go into Roeser's Bakery on North Avenue and Kedzie on any given day and watch the number of expensive birthday and yes, even wedding cakes being paid for with LINK cards.It is unbelievable.

10/19/2011 08:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It takes 2 to tango. Let's also go after the leeches of society who have and abuse these Link cards.
By the way with the economy in the toilet and everyone suffering some form of economic hardship shouldn't these leeches share the pain? How about cutting back on how much they can suck from the government. Use the old times are tough phrase on them.

10/19/2011 08:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i always knew this program was a black hole, just like the public schools.

10/19/2011 09:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Certain neighborhoods, my ass. I was at the 7-11 on Cumberland and Foster and saw a couple of ghetto princesses loading up on snacks using a Link card. On my money! And Michelle Obama wants ME to eat better?

10/19/2011 09:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw that report on CBS. Too bad the hack from CBS and television Tom chose a stolen merchandise case to expose the LINK fraud. That store had very little to do with LINK fraud. To the reporters reading this, go check out stores on S. State street called A&G Liquors and L&P Foods. L&P foods takes in over 1 million/month in LINK. It is a candy store. Same with A&G.

10/19/2011 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What ever happened to that requirement that Public-Aid recipients are required to contribute a few hours of public
service each week as a condition of getting
money and or food stamps ?
It was called "Workfare".
Did it disappear with the abolishment of ADC (Aid To Dependent Children)

10/19/2011 10:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Reporters !!!!!!!!!!!
Hello Investigative Journalists !!!!!!
Link Card Fraud and Abuse is so rampant, and obvious it is difficult not to be aware of it.
People who shop in the city, have to have witnessed it.
Problem is NO NEWS AGENCY will go near it.
Why ???????

10/19/2011 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many officers have tried to report fraud, guess what. None one cares and the officer get the run around.

10/19/2011 10:35:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Another issue seen first hand is that yes, these people cry about being poor and in need of a LINK card. But when they receive this card, instead of going to an actual grocery store they go to the corner store and buy nothing but junk food for themselves and their kids. It's disgusting.

10/19/2011 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 0142: In a former life I used to sign people up for Link cards, truth is most of my clients were either receiving unemployment or were working.

@ 0250: Not against piss tests but DHS can barely process the applications w/n federal guidelines, they will not be able to handle a brand new piss testing procedure at all.

@ 0323: See if the farmers and food industry would let them shut this program down. It's an indirect subsidy to corporate America whether you understand it or not. Now fast food stores are arguing they should have access too.

@ 0554: Food pantries typically don't have any of the things you mentioned. Their food is usually canned goods and boxed meals.

Just saying...I did it everyday once upon a time ago. The program aint what you think it is and if you think they only do it for the poor you better think again.

10/19/2011 10:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to mention they double charge for liquor.

Also, I was in Walgreen's recently and I coulda sworn the hillbilly crackhead got $10 cash back from the Link card after the manager was called over.

10/19/2011 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two words: Food Pantries.

Milk, eggs, cheese, bread, meat. Child formula. No $. What will they do? Sell the stuff to each other, or to the quickly going out of business Palestinian corner winery?
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EXACTLY.....all grown from local farms ...giving the farmers some cash and making work for them....

gotta cut out that middle eastern middle man...

10/19/2011 11:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why do you kiss darts ass scc. Thats why i tuned out your blog. He is more anti-police than weiss and for whatever reason you never write a negative post on him.

10/19/2011 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One corner store in the ghetto managed to rack up one million in Link in only one month. The state electronically reimbursed the store at the beginning of the next month and the money was instantly wired overseas to the middle east. The store closed and the middle easterners who ran it were gone. To say Link card fraud is huge is an incredible understatement.

10/19/2011 01:06:00 AM

We know you're full of shit. Talking out of your ass making up shit. 1st off they'd be red flagged. Secondly. Payment is not made at the end of the month. It's made that next day. If you had this info as you claimed you would've known that. Stop trying to be cool when you're presenting yourself to be an idiot.

Drug test all those that want and/or want LINK/WIC if they don't want to be tested, then they don't need our tax paying dollars. Let them starve.

10/19/2011 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No shit !! You mean to tell me that the link cards are not being used on food??? I never would in a million years believed this story. People using the card for cigarettes and booze??? Or they are lending the cards out for drugs?? No no this can't be ture our politians would have put safe gaurds in place. And if this was to happen they would enforce the law right away and make examples and/or have mandatory drug tests on the link card users regardless of the blacklash from the reverends/voters/democratic machine...right???...chirp...chirp... Oh yeah my bad this is Chicago. Well back to work I go because their are people depending on me to supply their drug, tobacco, and alcohol addiction problem/a.k.a. link card. Oh wait now I might be funding another terroist act against myself!!! "I must be duh..Winning!!" Shieeet to think I used to get stressed out about lossing my job. If I have this to fall back on I might as well get fired a.s.p. and enjoy the good life where everyday is like a pay day furlough friday holiday all rolled into one. And the more kids I have the more money I get. Shit why Iam I still working!!?? SARCASTIC RANT OFF.

10/19/2011 12:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard a store that will give $20 USC to swipe $40 of the link card.

10/19/2011 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous BURNIN' CITY said...

I've arrested at least 6 people that had more than 1 link card in their name or a variation there of.
Tryed in vain to report it to the state/county.
Made copies of all these cards and kept copies of arrest reports, etc.
Waited to be contacted by any agency..shouldn't have wasted my time.

10/19/2011 01:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People that I know you work in grocery stores have called the hotlines to report fraud and were ignored. The resources to investigate this type of fraud are just not there. And, I suspect, the will to do anything about this is also missing. But, I would like to see a few stings now and then. But, then you would have to count on our cook county judges to really slap these thieves down and I doubt that is going to happen.

10/19/2011 01:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2130
How about a HIDTA missiion on Link Cards. Follow the money and see where all of its go. Get the USAG FBI DEA and DHS. Maybe InterPol? seriously; if you think about it something can be done to curtail this abused system to help those in need.
Put some heat on the state legistraitors to force drug testing
to reduce abused like the state of Florida. Have the city spot check these business for proper licenses, complaints, tip lines on business that looks the other way on illegal activities.
If this is done right it can have protintail to stop this shit. How many millions can be save and criminals lock up or temperary put out business?
OT: Round two discussion on closing 21 will be held in Bronzeville.
Thursday Nov 3, 2011 at 6:30pm
Sixth Grace Pesbyterian Church
600 east 35 st.
sponsored by KOCO.
Kenwood Oakland community org.

10/19/2011 01:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@hater, I'm not the grammar police, but maybe before you say that others should learn to "right" a report, you should figure out the difference between "right" and "write."

10/19/2011 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my solution was and always wil pick a number of people in your family, let a nutritionist plan a menu for the month, and let them go to a neighborhood location and pick up their food . that's it no money no link card, you get food for the month.

10/19/2011 02:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HOW ABOUT DART FOCUS ON THAT SILLY PRISON OF HIS AND TEACH THOSE SHERIFFS HOW TO RIGHT A REPORT AND SIGN A COMPLAINT.


++++++++++++++++++++++

"Right" a report? Look in the mirror dumbass.

10/19/2011 02:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Institute mandatory drug testing for Stink!!!!!! Most of the west side would be starving!!!!

10/19/2011 03:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True story. Media can look into. Go swipe the link card at the corner store. Store owner gives cash back to link user,...

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You are aware that the link card is used for more than just food stamps right? You can legitimately receive cash using a link card. Depends on what services you are getting.

10/19/2011 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cut or put time limits on public aid. Make it like Unemployment.

10/19/2011 03:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couple of days ago, yep, saw a woman buying pop and chips,with her Link card, after which she bought lottery tickets..yep, it's all legit.

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Well let's think about that for a minute. Let's play devils advocate.

First off I think many people immediately come to the conclusion that a person on link doesn't have a job, is lazy, and does nothing. The time tested stereotype that probable describes many but not all people on link today.

All those people working Obama's shovel-ready jobs, they qualify for link. As does many of those highly touted new (poverty-scale, $16K/yr to start) jobs created by Ford and touted by the mayor. They qualify for link. There are college students on link

Buying state lottery tickets keeps our taxes down (allegedly) as the money from them goes towards schools and other things.

So if a person on link comes up with some cash to buy a lottery ticket some might view that as giving the link money back to the city/state!

I know where you're coming from though...and hey..at least the state is getting some of it's money back right. It could be worse.

The money could be spent on drugs and the city gets nothing.

So crazy as it sounds maybe we should be thankful that they are giving back.

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With regard to the $300 million dollars in link fraud. What percentage does that represent anyways? It's a lot of money no doubt and the fraud should not be tolerated however are we talking 1%, 10% .. fraud??

We should be just as outraged at money blown in things like clouted city contracts for parking meters and towing services and other waste. Start at the top and work down. Don't work from the bottom up. Money is better spent looking at the frauds at the top of the heap first.

10/19/2011 03:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Governor Quack, instead of raising our taxes all you have to do is reform the welfare system in Illinois by implementing a drug screening program. It would save hundreds of millions annually. Also cap it to let's say five years then you have to get a JOB.

10/19/2011 03:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have a Link Card..Mandatory drug testing once a month. Piss hot or refuse,lose the Link Card for 6 months..Florida started testing,the Link Card usage dropped 40% within one month

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Well there's 45 million people on Food Stamps in the USA. 15% of the population. I don't know what the drug test would cost but if it was something like $100 you should know that max a single person only gets on link is $200/month. As nice as it sounds we would blow more money then we're spending now. Maybe if we excluded the seniors on the program however it still seems like a lot of money.

10/19/2011 03:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reporting from Sacramento — More than $69 million in California welfare money, meant to help the needy pay their rent and clothe their children, has been spent or withdrawn outside the state in recent years, including millions in Las Vegas,...

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haha..Hey when you're on a tight budget you can get a lot of food real cheap at one of those Vegas buffets are you kidding me??

All you can eat prime rib $2.99..

10/19/2011 04:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liberals & Democrats are not only ruining the country but the entire cultural fabric of this nation. For the love of God & all of mankind Chgo awake da fuck up & vote anything but democrat

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I'll give you half credit but no.

Term limits.

Get ALL these lifetime career clouted politicians out of office. All of them. Term limits.

You may think that they are on your side but they'll drop you like a bad habit, turn their backs on you when you really need them.

Term limits baby!

I'm tired of the democrats and tired of the republicans that once elected only stand there and tell us about: look what those people over there are doing to you..or are trying to do to you. Enough of this well we tried to do this of that and they stopped us. If you got stopped from doing something then you failed regardless of being a republican or democrat. You failed to get your point across to win the majority of the people and you are therefore out of touch or just a plain bad choice to be in office.

Term limits. Break up the clout.

10/19/2011 04:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a thought....I'm sure I will get lot's of slams about it but I think it has some merit. A lot of people hit hard times, especially in the current economy. Instead of giving people experiencing hard times a link card, how about opening up a commissary for their needs. For instance, One commissary on the south side, One on the west side, One on the east side, and one on the North side of the City. At each commissary, the BASIC items needed to survive will be supplied...ie, Bread, milk, eggs, sugar, flour, (You get the idea). No steaks, no lobsters, no chips, no pop, JUST WHAT IS REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY LIFE. Secondly, each recipient is entitled to a winter coat, boots, gloves, hat, (You get the idea). No Air Jordans, No Guess jeans, No FUBU Shirts, JUST WHAT IS REQUIRED TO BE PROPERLY CLOTHED. Ok, now here is how this would work. If you wear out your shoes, you bring them to the commissary and get a new pair...if you outgrow your coat, you bring it to the commissary and get a new one. If it's good enough for the Chicago Fire Department (Who do work for a living), it should be good enough for people who expect and demand free hand outs. The food supplied would be based on actual family members living in the household. Just a thought

10/19/2011 04:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If kids are now getting free breakfast and lunch at school the amount they are getting on their link card should refelct that. Why has nothing changed??

10/19/2011 05:31:00 PM  
Blogger SCC said...

why do you kiss darts ass scc. Thats why i tuned out your blog. He is more anti-police than weiss and for whatever reason you never write a negative post on him.

If you could point out our ass kissing, we'd pay money to see that.

We don't know him as he's the sheriff, not the superintendent of the CPD, so why would we write about him?

And if you actually read the post, we said the fraud was so obvious "even Tom Dart recognizes the problem." Too subtle for you we guess.

Sorry you so completely lack a sense of humor you can't see something staring you right in the face. Asshat.

10/19/2011 05:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should be just as outraged at money blown in things like clouted city contracts for parking meters and towing services and other waste. Start at the top and work down. Don't work from the bottom up. Money is better spent looking at the frauds at the top of the heap first.

10/19/2011 03:44:00 PM

Well said!

10/19/2011 06:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What ever happened to that requirement that Public-Aid recipients are required to contribute a few hours of public
service each week as a condition of getting
money and or food stamps ?
It was called "Workfare".
Did it disappear with the abolishment of ADC (Aid To Dependent Children)

10/19/2011 10:11:00 AM

ADC which was really AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children did NOT disappear.The name just changed, the program is now called TANF (temporary assistance for needy families).

10/19/2011 06:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it be cheaper to open up few storefronts geographically in the city . and the people needing assistance can come in and get their boxes of food or other items. No money in hand , just food on shelves.

10/19/2011 07:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This type of abuse will never be investigated. It would be a hardship on Obama supporters.

10/19/2011 07:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This kind of crap goes on seemingly unnoticed and yet the politicians and business leaders lay the blame on government workers and retirees for the public pension crisis in this corrupt state. Here is an example of outrageous waste and fraud from people who did nothing to earn a dime of this money and where some may even be going to fund terrorists. But don't do anything about this. Keep crying that the public employees and retirees, who actually earn their pay, are the ones screwing the state. Idiots!

10/19/2011 10:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its a Federally subsidized ATM. Your middleastern store owner charges 30 to 50% and pays the rest to the card holder. The store owners get paid electronically twice a month and move it out within minutes of receiving it. To get a link machine from the state the store owner does not need an ssn, no background check just a checking account number. Its been around for years anytime you try to chase down an AUSA or Federal LE to prosecute you get a blind look. Try to get an ASA to approve charges and its tossed out a window. The Fed's own estimate is about 25% of Illinois payouts are fraud. What federal deficit? Maybe Tom Cross should submit a link fraud bill?

10/19/2011 10:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone stated earlier FOOD PANTRIES! Problem solved.

10/19/2011 11:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With this cities logic and leaders, that Food Stamp story is a waste of space.

Just what exactly are we going to do about it?

They don't have a documented source of income. They don't have any documented assets so fining them is a waste of time. Where's the money going to come from?

Lock someone up that is cheating on a $200/month food stamp program and put them in the county where it cost the taxpayers $140/day..and that's if we could find the space from all the overcrowding. Seriously wtf? How does that help?

Ya wanna pay $140/day or $200/month...I'm just sayin'

You just let them starve and desperate people do desperate things that should be pretty wild.

The damn city already refuses to hold convicted felon illegal immigrants at request by the Fed for deportation because it cost us $250,000 to do that last year.

We don't have $250K to protect the public like the public is paying for but we have well over $250K for pretty LED bus signs and new parks with bird baths and walking paths. Don't have money to bring the cities pension contributions up to the level they committed to but we have well over $250K for double digit raises, personal drivers and police taxi-cab services for retired politicians.

We can't afford to arrest people.

We start busting any more people and we're going to have to raise taxes again to pay for it all.

10/19/2011 11:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My aunt has been a checker at Jewel for 21 years. She tells tales of LINK abuse that would make your head spin. A family of illegals paying with LINK and right behind them in line was the father paying for all the booze with a wad of hundreds. Filet mignon and lobster tails. Shit, I bust my balls and can't afford surf-n-turf. Most disturbing though was a few weeks ago. Joe comes in and buys like 10 gallons of Oberweis milk, goes directly to the lot to dump out the milk, and brings in the glass bottles for the cash deposit and buys a pack of squares. Your tax dollars hard at work to feed these poor helpless families. I'm very proud to say that she reports every instance she feels is abuse/misuse. I'm certain it falls on deaf ears in this shit state of ours, but proud nonetheless.

10/19/2011 12:40:00 AM

The Ultra near me has a sign that the Oberweiss bottle deposit cannot be paid via LINK. So not sure, if that is a store or State regulation.

10/20/2011 12:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

c'mon, what's with all these 'new' ideas on solving the welfare drain on our tax base?

this so-called 'aid' hasn't been about helping the needy for decades.


what it has been, and is, about is:


1. retail sales

since a working, wage earner will only buy what his/her family needs, what better way to increase sales than to take, through taxation, some of that working wage earner's wages and give them to other, non-working families, who will reliably spend every penny at a retail outlet near them.


2. buying the vote


sub-human nature being what it is, who are the lazy going to vote for, the candidate who promises them jobs, or the incumbent who's been giving them their bread and butter for doing nothing?


3. maintaining, and growing, an underclass dependent upon, you guessed it, the politicians in office


generation after generation, bred to be dependent upon 'government cheese', are job security for the incumbent, career politicians. and that's a fact, jack.


add to this the exporting of manufacturing, driven primarily by the quest for ever increasing profits, while ignoring the fact that an ever decreasing consumer income creates the demand for cheaper goods and services, which increases the manufacturers' need for lowered labor costs, which further decreases the consumer's income, leading to an even greater demand for even cheaper goods and services, and the downward spiral of a once vibrant national economy bears more than a casual resemblance to the sound of a toilet, made in china, being flushed.


welcome to the world that corporations have made.

supported by the gambling syndicate commonly known as the stock market.

10/20/2011 12:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Link card abuses are so vast and far-reaching, it's really unbelievable. The worst, of course, being the store owners who are sending the money back to fund groups like Al-Qaeda. But they're also abused by our own citizens. I can't tell you how many people I've stopped for traffic who, as they fumble through their wallets/purses for their drivers licenses and insurance cards, reveal the Link card in their possession. Now the people I've seen with the Link cards are not your typical bustout with no job. I've seen people in suits on their way to work, nurses going to and from the hospitals where they work, and the list goes on and on. I asked one nurse (who was wearing her nurse scrubs by the way) why she has a Link card. She laughed and said "oh its not mine." Another nurse (in scrubs), whom I asked about her Link card said "yes I have the Link card. I don't make that much money." Ummm sweetie you were driving a huge ass brand new suv. I think you have plenty of money. The problem is our government feels it would be too expensive to look into everyone that applies for Link. They think it's easier and more cost effective to just hand it over to anyone that applies regardless of how much money they make. I'm pretty sure the local reverends hold seminars for their flock instructing them on the best way to get ahold of their very own Link card regardless of income. It's a terrible shame that the working man's taxes are being stolen like this. But, other than getting rid of the whole system, it's never going to change.

10/20/2011 02:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let my get a 40 oz of beer, some squares, flaming hots, and a red juice...heres my link card can you ring it up as milk, and whole grain cereal so I wont get caught..sure,
thank you come again!!!

10/20/2011 02:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LINK has got to go. It is un-policable/ violations = uninforcible.

10/20/2011 02:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Communist plan put everyone on welfare and bust the country ,then take it over.

10/20/2011 05:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRbUmO-XGso

10/20/2011 07:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Swipe your EBT- all goods for free!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylV8y_JZbuk

I recall when LINK meant there was a new Legend of Zelds video game out on Nintendo and you and all your pals were happy and excited to play that game.

Now LINK just sparks off thoughts of welfare junkies and political hacks buying votes of the underclass who are 'incapable' of working for a living and need EBT and other hand outs for the good of society.

A vote for welfare politics is a vote for 'free' goodies like your link card!

Maybe those Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Chicago protest hobbyist dickheads can be recruited to protest against LINK abuse. Nah... Soros won't back them on that action.

Hey Rahm, can you do something about it? You know, for the kids?

Bet you debit card get hit thanks to the (dickless) Durbin amendment to Dodd-Frank. LINK users too? Ha...

My Costco membership and my credit cards have a digital image of me printed on them. WHY THE FUCK CAN'T LINK CARDS!? Think the store owner can then look at the card and see if the image matches the person using it?

That will be ignored in the real world by hood shop keepers, still at least TRY to stop east abuse and misuse of the LINK card.

I recall that was proposed not too long ago and it was shot down. Fraud and enabling fraud for these hand outs runs down and up the board.

10/21/2011 04:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Fuck Rahm said...

Anonymous said...
Its a Federally subsidized ATM. Your middleastern store owner charges 30 to 50% and pays the rest to the card holder. The store owners get paid electronically twice a month and move it out within minutes of receiving it. To get a link machine from the state the store owner does not need an ssn, no background check just a checking account number. Its been around for years anytime you try to chase down an AUSA or Federal LE to prosecute you get a blind look. Try to get an ASA to approve charges and its tossed out a window. The Fed's own estimate is about 25% of Illinois payouts are fraud. What federal deficit? Maybe Tom Cross should submit a link fraud bill?

10/19/2011 10:43:00 PM



Hey, ease up on the LINK card crap, we will be needing LINK cards ourselves after Rahm gets done fucking with our pensions.

10/21/2011 07:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thugs were approaching customers at Leamington Foods on Roosevelt and Kedzie and asking to pay for their groceries with their LINK card in exchange for cash and no one at the store did anything to stop this. They have a security guard there but he did nothing neither did the security guards outside in vehicles. This is why LINK fraud continues, the store should have called police or told the thugs to leave, they did nothing. Now I shop other places and shop there as litle as possible, if they cannot provide a safe store free from thugs and traffickers - go somewhere else. As for me calling the police - for what - so they could stalk me home and terrorize me and my family? The thugs would not have known the store called the police so f-- Leamington.

10/24/2011 03:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LINK cards have cash benefits and food benefits. Cash for those who do not have a bankaccount to deposit their cash funds that they receive from the state.

10/24/2011 03:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:50:00am - She may have bought that hugh suv when she made more money. when people buy pop and potato chips with their LINK cards that means less food to eat so they are sticking it to themselves as well as the tax payers.

10/24/2011 03:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work at a large natural foods store and I rarely if ever see a LINK card used for essential items, it is only ever used to buy expensive organic foods, massive quantities of expensive seafood, or gourmet cheese for examples. Yesterday witnessed someone buy an $80 case of nutritional yeast with a LINK card. Absurd the way these people go to the bank, the "under-priviledged" sure know how to scam the government. And there is no shame, if something is not covered they want the manager, and then they tell you how to bag the groceries. Folks, if you can't afford your groceries, don't tell me how to bag them.

4/17/2012 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger alvinp said...

If the poor are abusing link card you better believe that the fat cat living in the suburbs are profiting from it too. Why else would he/she not say anything? C'mon people just follow the money trail.

1/18/2013 07:19:00 AM  
Anonymous T Charles said...

Fraud is everywhere!

10/08/2013 12:00:00 PM  

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