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Defending Yensen

To the Editor:

I am a board member of a nonprofit organization.

Our board of directors scrupulously attends to the rules regarding the distribution of grant money. We follow the rules. Just as The Advantage Group should have.

An audit that disclosed TAG’s financial discrepancies, including double billing, put the organization under state investigation. TAG also was charged with endorsing Republican political candidates, something a nonprofit organization must not do.

If TAG’s executive director, Patricia Owens, who has been vastly overpaid when her salary is compared with others of like responsibility, had not put TAG in jeopardy by allowing even a hint of impropriety, perhaps it still would be in business.

How is it that Republican County Board members, who claim to be all about the conservation of taxpayer dollars, were not doing due diligence regarding TAG? When an honorable, hardworking Democrat on the County Board, Paula Yensen, brings the issue of wasted tax dollars to the public, she is excoriated for her effort.

It took courage for Yensen to expose TAG’s “fancy-financing,” knowing she would be outrageously attacked by Republicans for her trouble. Yet she did her duty for McHenry County taxpayers. To claim she did it for political purposes is ludicrous, for what did it profit her except character assassination?

When Republicans twist the facts to their own devices, they are the ones who are playing politics.

How unfortunate that they are trying to tar and feather an honest, dedicated fellow County Board member.

Judith Vandenboom



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