ATTORNEY GENERAL MADIGAN MOVES TO SHUT DOWN CHICAGO-BASED GROUP POSING AS A CHARITY
Madigan Seeks to Bar Defendants from Ever Operating a Charity in Illinois
Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today filed a complaint for injunction seeking to shut down the Chicago-based We Stop the Killings organization for operating illegally and soliciting donations from the public. Madiganís injunction also seeks to permanently bar the six defendants from managing any charitable organization in Illinois.
The Attorney Generalís action, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges that in June 2010 Yolanda King illegally reinstated a long-dissolved charity, Youth Action of the Midwest, naming herself, Warren Jackson, Armatha Kirkwood, Lisa Hendricks, Linda Jabo and Jeanne Taylor as its directors. King renamed the organization, and together the defendants solicited donations from the public, falsely claiming the funds would help prevent youth violence in the Chicago area.
Youth Action of the Midwest operated in the early 1980s but was dissolved by the Secretary of Stateís office in 1989. Madiganís office discovered the defendants had no involvement whatsoever with the dissolved Youth Action charity and is alleging that by reinstating the organization they violated the stateís General Not For Profit Corporation and Solicitation Acts. Madiganís filing also seeks an accounting of all funds raised by the defendants through We Stop the Killings.
ďAll too often we see defendants like these preying on unsuspecting people who donate hoping they are giving back and helping those in need,Ē Attorney General Madigan said. ďBefore donating your money, ask questions and take time to do research about the charity. Make sure you are satisfied your money is really going to a good cause.Ē
Madigan urged the public to take a close look at any charity that solicits donations. To learn whether a charity or fundraising organization has to be registered in Illinois or to report suspicious solicitations, contact the Attorney Generalís Charitable Trust Bureau, (312) 814-2595 or visit www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/charities/index.html.
To best ensure that your donation will be used for its intended purpose, the Attorney General offered the following tips:
Assistant Bureau Chief Barry Goldberg handled this case for Madiganís Charitable Trust Bureau.