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May 26, 2022

BEWARE: Unregistered Company Soliciting Tens of Thousands From Local Governments In Illinois

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On June 17, 2021

IL. (ECWd) –

It has come to our attention that a company, which, according to the Secretary of State’s Department of Business Services, is not registered to do business in the state of Illinois, has been soliciting local governments for donations or grants for the purported purpose of developing training for elected officials and police officers.

The company’s name is “Fight For IL”, and is not registered with the Illinois Secretary of State to conduct business in Illinois, it purports to be a 501(c)(3) but has never registered with the Illinois Attorney General’s Charity Bureau to solicit in Illinois.

Fight For IL registered in Florida as a not-for-profit in February 2021, but does not list a FEIN in their business registration. and cannot be found in the Internal Revenue Service’s database of charitable organizations (maybe the IRS is slow in updating its database…). Illinois law requires foreign (out-of-state) corporations to register in Illinois prior to conducting business in Illinois.

The Illinois Charitable Trust Act and Solicitation For Charity Act require registration prior to solicitation in Illinois.

The corporate officers are Bonnie Kurowski, Erik Phelps, and Eowyn Correl. Employees of the corporation (according to their website)  include Matt Knutelsky, Tara Gunder, and Lynn Urlaub.

They recently asked one small rural county for $50,000 to help develop their corporation and indicated in that solicitation that they were asking other local governments for grants also.

A copy of the “proposal” can be found (HERE).

As always, we challenge any public body to provide the citation to any authority for them to expend any public funds for such a purpose as this.

More on this to follow in the coming days, until then, we urge local governments to do their due diligence prior to gifting taxpayers’ funds to anyone.

 

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3 Comments
  • “Jay Washington””
    Posted at 13:43h, 17 June

    Lie after lie, BK when does it stop? It’s been said you went back to Illinois because Florida doesn’t listen to your rants or threats. Who is the almighty founder “BK, EP, a few more people, let’s not go forget the township agitator? Thank you ECWd, you are absolutely best as what you do thanks for your for your service to our country, Thank-you for saving us and generations coming. Thanks for honest reporting with trie facts with back-up documents. attached to each story, when referring back to a earlier story. We respect you both more than you will ever know.

  • Dave
    Posted at 15:08h, 17 June

    Unbelievable!

  • Cindy
    Posted at 16:20h, 17 June

    Zero to do with this article, but:
    Really nice interview on your 4/20 radio interview. Thank you, John and Kirk.

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