By Janet Phelan
Who do you go to when your civil rights are being violated?
The answer in intact democracies is clear–you go to the police or to the courts.
When the police and the courts are involved, then what?
The saga of Amy and Dean Sallas prompts exactly these questions.
Amy Sallas was taken against her will from her home in Skokie which she shared with her husband of over fifty years, Dean. Amy had been a schoolteacher and had retired. When there was a family squabble over her pension–it appears that her adult children wanted it and went to court to petition for guardianship over her–the state of Illinois got involved and she was appointed a state guardian. A number of years later, the guardian decided to remove her from her home.
The Public Guardian went to court and stated that Amy was found wandering in the snow without shoes. The fact that a wellness check done that very same day by the Skokie police found no such evidence of risk did not concern the court or the guardian. Amy was taken and, by order of the guardian, she was blocked from further contact with her husband.
This reporter has reviewed the wellness check made by the Skokie police and can confirm that no report of her walking barefoot in the snow was validated.
And now, callers to the home in which she was forcibly taken are being told they cannot speak with her.
In the annals of guardianships, these sorts of abuses are all too common. According to Dr. Sam Sugar, the Director of Americans Against Abusive Guardianships (aaapg.net), almost anyone is a potential victim. The general m.o. is to isolate, medicate and liquidate.
What makes Amy Sallas’s situation unique is the fight being put up in court by her spouse. And now, her other line of defense–the police–appear to also be complicit.
I spoke with Amy several times as her husband was no longer allowed to. In fact, when he showed up for her birthday at Belmont Village in April of 2021, he was, after a pleasant time visiting with his wife, summarily told to leave, “on orders of the Public Guardian.”
So when I called her on Sunday–it was her 54th anniversary and her husband wanted her to know he was thinking of her–I was quite surprised when my call was not put through. Others also tried to call her that day without success.
So I got on the phone to the local police in Buffalo Grove and asked for a wellness check. It is not unusual for those under guardianship to die in a facility and for the family not to be informed.
An Officer “Holly”–she declined to give me her first name or badge number–responded to my call and made a call to Belmont Village. The fact that the officer refused to properly identify herself to me was the first big red flag. The phrase “Secret Police” comes to mind. Or possibly the officer became aware of the gross misconduct she was sanctifying and didn’t want her name out there.
Secret Police officer “Holly” called me back, admitting she hadn’t spoken with Amy but informed me that the facility told her she was fine.
NOT a wellness check, sorry Holly.
But she said something else, which has prompted this report. There is a court order barring her from speaking with anyone but her guardian, she told me.
The Cook County Circuit court denies the existence of such a court order. Here is an email from Elizabeth Smith, sent the following day (Monday January 24th)
Elizabeth Z. Smith (Circuit Court) <email@example.com>
Cc:Cesar R. Rolon (Circuit Court),Patrick J. Hanlon (Circuit Court)
Mon, Jan 24 at 4:55 PM
Hello Ms. Phelan,
Attached is an order that states Mr. Sallas is not to interfere with the Guardian of the Persons authorities. Yet, we did not find an order say Amelia Sallas can only talk to her guardian. Please try Mary at the Chief Judges Office. Thank you.
Specialist, Public Information Department
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
Further contacts with the Buffalo Grove Police were equally unproductive. “This is a civil matter,” declared an Officer Kreis. When Kreis was informed that crimes can be committed under the banner of “civil matters”–for example, it is not unknown for the guardians of alleged incapacitated people to commit theft of the wards’ assets–he admitted that this was true. But apparently kidnapping and isolating a vulnerable individual and attacking her civil rights are not going to be addressed by the Buffalo Grove Police.
There is also an applicable federal law or two. Mention was made of Deprivation of Civil Rights Under Color of Law, Title 18 Section 242. No interest at Buffalo Grove PD in that, either.
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Calls to Belmont Village Director Brian Adelman were not returned. A call to the Chief Operating Officer of Belmont Village, which operates a chain of nursing homes, produced an amended response. Doug Lessard told me that there is an order from the Cook County Public Guardian, not from the court, denying Amy contact with anyone from the outside world. Lessard was asked for the date of that “order” as well as a copy. At the time of going to press he has not replied.
Amy Sallas receives a pension of around $7000 a month. Per Illinois guardianship law, this money is now in the care and protection of the Cook County Public Guardian. One has to ask–are they fiercely protecting her rights as diligently as they are utilizing her money?
The Illinois Guardianship law states the following:
(755 ILCS 5/11a-3)
(b) Guardianship shall be utilized only as is necessary to promote the well-being of the person with a disability, to protect him from neglect, exploitation, or abuse, and to encourage development of his maximum self-reliance and independence. Guardianship shall be ordered only to the extent necessitated by the individual’s actual mental, physical and adaptive limitations. The order shall conform with Sections 11a-12 and 11a-14.
The emotional abuse inherent in isolating an 80-year-old woman from family and friends should not be ignored. The possible corruption of Judge Shauna Boliker, who has been overseeing this case, was discussed in previous articles and includes details of her own financial affairs, including multiple efforts by JP Morgan Bank to foreclose on her Chicago property, as well as tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid Mechanics Liens. One would hope that an Honorable So and So would not be desperate for funds.
Boliker’s finances indicate otherwise.
She and a Judge Edward Robles are overseeing the destruction of the Sallases, both economically and emotionally. It is worth noting that Judge Edward Robles, who does not seem to understand that as a marital property state, Illinois has no jurisdiction over Dean Sallas’s assets, appears intent on foreclosing on the Sallas family home, due to the fact of a loan that was taken out on the property by none other than the Cook County Public Guardian, then abandoned.
Concerns that judges are being paid off through home loans are now rife. Here are Judge Robles’s financial details as mined through the Cook County grantor grantee index. The activity is reproduced here without comment.
Grantor – Grantee – Doc. # – Type Desc. – Recorded Date
ROBLES EDWARD N JPMORGAN CHASE BK 0606636202 MORTGAGE 3/7/2006 16-07-117-001-0000
ROBLES EDWARD N JPMORGAN CHASE BK 0606121028 MORTGAGE 3/2/2006 16-07-117-001-0000
ROBLES EDWARD N CHASE MANHATAN BK USA 0517417042 MORTGAGE 6/23/2005 16-07-117-001-0000
ROBLES EDWARD N MORTGAGE ELEC REGISTRATION SYSTEM 0314301335 MORTGAGE 5/23/2003 16-07-117-001-0000
ROBLES EDWARD N BANK ONE 00036275 MORTGAGE 1/14/2000 16-07-117-001-0000
ROBLES EDWARD N ASHLEY CAMILLA 98508651 WARRANTY DEED 6/16/1998 16-07-105-008-0000
ROBLES EDWARD N NEW AMER FINL INC 98455445 MORTGAGE 6/2/1998 16-07-117-001-0000
ROBLES EDWARD N TMS MTG INC 97900396 MORTGAGE 12/2/1997 16-07-105-008-0000
ROBLES EDWARD N RUDDY PETER P 96751114 WARRANTY DEED 10/2/1996 09-36-214-010-0000
ROBLES EDWARD N GREAT WESTERN MTG CORP 96715704 MORTGAGE 9/19/1996 16-07-105-008-0000
ROBLES EDWARD N GREAT WESTERN MTG CORP 94629639 SUBORDINATION 7/19/1994 09-36-214-010-0000
ROBLES EDWARD N GREAT WESTERN MTG CORP 94623229 MORTGAGE 7/18/1994 09-36-214-010-0000
ROBLES EDWARD N CITIBANK 93328349 MORTGAGE 5/3/1993 09-36-214-010-0000
ROBLES EDWARD N ROBLES EDWARD N 92356852 QUIT CLAIM DEED 5/21/1992 09-36-214-010-0000
ROBLES EDWARD N GREAT WESTERN MTG CORP T3988380 MORTGAGE
Grantor – Grantee – Doc. # – Type Desc. – Recorded Date
ROBLES EDWARD WASHINGTON MUTU BK 0020053555 MORTGAGE 1/14/2002
Grantor – Grantee – Doc. # – Type Desc. – Recorded Date PIN
MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS INC ROBLES EDWARD N 1301515057 RELEASE 1/15/2013 16-07-117-001-0000
MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS INC ROBLES EDWARD N 0608915202 RELEASE 3/30/2006 16-07-117-001-0000
CHASE BANK USA ROBLES EDWARD N 0608613009 RELEASE 3/27/2006 16-07-117-001-0000
BANKERS TRUST CO TR ROBLES EDWARD N 0020443241 RELEASE 4/17/2002 16-07-117-001-0000
BANK ONE ROBLES EDWARD N 0020189007 RELEASE 2/15/2002 16-07-117-001-0000
WASHINGTON MUTUAL BK ROBLES EDWARD N 98831867 RELEASE 9/17/1998 16-07-105-008-0000
TMS MTG INC ROBLES EDWARD N 98603813 RELEASE 7/14/1998 16-07-105-008-0000
ZYGMUNT BOGDAN ROBLES EDWARD N 98455444 WARRANTY DEED 6/2/1998 16-07-117-001-0000
CITIBANK ROBLES EDWARD N 97366973 RELEASE 5/22/1997 09-36-214-010-0000
GREAT WESTERN BK ROBLES EDWARD N 97202861 RELEASE 3/25/1997 09-36-214-010-0000
ROLFS DANIEL J ROBLES EDWARD N 96715703 WARRANTY DEED 9/19/1996 16-07-105-008-0000
GREAT WESTERN BK ROBLES EDWARD N 94821693 RELEASE 9/21/1994 09-36-214-010-0000
MANZO BALTAZARC ROBLES EDWARD N 92356852 QUIT CLAIM DEED 5/21/1992 09-36-214-010-0000
SCHAIBLY HAROLD G ROBLES EDWARD N T3988379 WARRANTY DEED 8/16/1991
Grantor – Grantee – Doc. # – Type Desc. – Recorded Date
WASHINGTON MUTU BK ROBLES EDWARD 0317244026 RELEASE 6/23/2003
Retired attorney Ken Ditkowsky has baldly claimed, “It is no longer safe to grow old in America.”
To paraphrase former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, it takes a village to destroy a villager. Was she also referring to Belmont Village?
Calls to the Cook County Public Guardian were not returned.
Janet Phelan has been on the trail of the biological weapons agenda since the new millennium. Her book on the pandemic, At the Breaking Point of History: How Decades of US Duplicity Enabled the Pandemic, has been published in 2021 by Trine Day and is available on Amazon and elsewhere. Her articles on this issue have appeared in Activist Post, New Eastern Outlook, Infowars and elsewhere. Educated at Grinnell College, UC Berkeley and the University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism, Janet “jumped ship” and since 2004 has been writing exclusively for independent media. Her articles previously appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Oui Magazine, Orange Coast Magazine, the Long Beach Press Telegram, the Santa Monica Daily Press and other publications. She is the author of the groundbreaking expose, EXILE and two books of poetry. She resides abroad. You may follow Janet on Parler here @JanetPhelan. To support her work, please go to JanetPhelan