UPDATE: We love it when bloggers work together to blow the whistle on ridiculous stuff going on in Illinois. Check out posts on the Ayers/Dohrn dinner auction on RebelPundit.com, Backyard Conservative, West Side Blog, Hat tips to all. Let's halt this ridiculous sudsidy.
CHICAGO - Evidently, this year's budget for the Illinois Humanities Council demands the council subsidize itself because the group is holding an online auction to celebrate its 10 year anniversary. The auction is running now through December 19th.
Two of the IHC's Public Square auction items feature Chicagoans Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, notorious America haters and suspected domestic terrorists.
Who cares, you might think, they're not hurting anyone. Look closer.
While Medicaid providers wait and wait to be reimbursed from the state, certain vendors don't have much trouble getting their taxpayer funds every year. Such as the Illinois Humanities Council. Since 2007, the Council has been the beneficiary of $4,189,582, compliments of Illinois taxpayers. From the Comptroller's website:
Dinner with Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn and a Cubs game with Bernadine are two items up for bid:
So, you may wonder, what does the Illinois Humanities Council do with the tax dollars and what does the Public Square do?
The Public Square hosts a set of programs aimed at bringing the humanities to under-served and racially diverse communities in our city. Among our continuing programs is the Café Society, a project designed to foster a more robust civil society, more cohesive and interactive communities, greater media literacy, and a more informed and engaged citizenry through weekly coffee shop conversations about contemporary social issues. We also host Artists, Activists, and Authors After Hours, a program that provides intimate, informal discussions that allow for meaningful exchanges among people who share some connection to the work of a visiting artist. In addition, we work to break down the barriers to participation by offering these events for free and holding them in various neighborhoods throughout Chicago.
Now isn't that more important than paying those long-waiting, cloutless Medicaid vendors?