Rockford, Il – 4 23 2011 – ProLifeCorner- by Frank Munda – Northern Illinois Women’s Center (NIWC) has earned the reputation for being one of our nation’s most hate-filled, bigoted, racist killing centers (abortion clinic) in our nation. A book could be written about the many attacks against the pro-life community that occur at 10th and Broadway. We will attempt to confine our facts to the anti-life position of the 11th ward alderman, Karen Elyea.
Many of us in the pro-life community have been asking who is this city alderman, Karen Elyea, who thrust herself into the public spotlight? Why is she taking such radical, left-leaning positions? She is an elected official and is supposed to represent all of the people of Rockford and promote the greater good and in particular for her constituents in the 11th ward.
When she took public office as a Rockford city alderman we had heard rumors about her dark side which sent up red flags, but we decided to take a wait and see attitude. But because of her aggressive use of her political office, regarding the bubble zone, we were forced to look into her past in order to understand where she was and is coming from. The results of this investigation is revealing and shocking.
Her Dark Past.
The interesting thing about cyber-space is when you are an activist, whether on the right or left, the view or position that one takes is out there for a long time and can be retrieved years later. Some of the easily obtainable information gathered on alderman Elyea reveals that she is not the concerned citizen that she portrayed to her voters. She is, in reality, an ultra left wing, anti-life (read here pro-abortion), drug using, and drug promoting activist.
The Rockford Police Are To Be Commended For Their Revealing Investigation.
Based upon what investigators could find in police reports, the Rockford police department did a good job in their investigation of complaints of possible drug use at the Minglewood store located on Church Street. The police should be commended for their selfless work in helping to protect Rockford citizens from the criminal elements. The sad reality is, as one reads the public records regarding to Karen Elyea’s arrest, Case # 03-003800 and related court docket, one will find that it seems she possibly received special treatment from the legal system OR the system seems to be way too soft on criminals by allowing plea bargains. It is time for citizens to call upon our government to back up the police department by demanding that the courts prosecute drug-related crimes to the full extent of the law and knock off the plea bargaining; that is possibly how the war on drugs could be won.
Deception and double standards are her guiding principles. When Karen Elyea ran for public office we could not find, anywhere, where she made it clear to her constituents that she was a radical pro-abortion supporter; nor could we find that she promoted the use of marijuana nor the fact that she used marijuana and was convicted of illegal drug usage, or that she was arrested in her “head shop” as a result of an ongoing investigation by Rockford police detectives; or that she had a smoking pipe in her hand and a large quantity of illegal marijuana and scales on location. She also admitted to officers that she sold an average of 40 drug pipes a month, mostly to young people. By selling 40 pipes a month, it makes one wonder how many of her customers are now hooked on a stronger drug, sick, dying, or dead as a result of these sales. Oddly enough, she seemed even proud of the fact that these pipes were made locally, which raises many questions. For example, what follow-up did the police do to find the manufacturer of these illegal drug related pipes? Was anyone involved in the manufacture and distribution of these pipes arrested? We don’t think the selling of these pipes was even a part of her sentence. For some strange reason she got only a slap on the hand as a result of these charges.
Before we go further, this is the point where the opposition will want to attack the messenger. Resist that knee-jerk reaction. The information regarding Ms.Elyea’s criminal activity can be found under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) which is a matter of public record and is where we obtained the information.
Why are you bringing this information out now?
Our investigators have had some of this information about Alderman Elyea for some time, and we take no delight in exposing her now, but feel it is necessary to demonstrate that she is not what she would have her constituents believe. She is, in reality, a pro-abortion, drug using and drug promoting activist. When all the pieces are put together one can come to a conclusion that she deceived her public as to her true motives and ran for public office and bided her time until she could promote her anti-life agenda. Her promoting of the bubble zone caused us grave concern because we know it is unconstitutional and an attack on our rights to free speech and assembly. Free speech is a right that Wayne Webster and Elyea claim for themselves but systematically deny to pro-life citizens. By promoting the bubble zone she demonstrated her double standards and clearly shows she wants free speech as long as it agrees with her anti-life, left leaning thinking. It was tempting to come forth with this information at that time. We prayed about it and when the city fathers showed responsibility and shelved this irresponsible proposal, we decided to withhold the information we have. The straw that broke the camel’s back is her relentless attack on the free ultrasound clinic. She clearly demonstrated her double standards and hypocrisy, along with her anti-life friends, all the time chanting “choice” while denying women true choice, which is to see a free ultrasound of her baby in the womb. Her actions are immoral, undignified, and dishonest-we could go on. This is the reason we are trying to expose her for what she really is. We have no other agenda than to bring forth the truth and let the public decide for themselves if this is the kind of person they want to represent them and their families or not.
Investigators have found, in a recent Rockford Register Star article, that Rockford alderman Karen Elyea admitted for the first time in her almost 5 year political career she was letting her pro-abortion beliefs rule the fight with pro life advocates. But in a typical radical move she accused the city administration of letting its pro-life beliefs affect them, implying the city was doing the same as she is doing, that is to let personal beliefs enter into any decisions. The mayor and Patrick Hayes are both attorneys and, we believe, they would not be foolish enough to allow personal feelings to enter into this most serious concern; that they would make decisions based upon the law and within the guidelines of the law.
We found it refreshing that Ms Elyea told the truth for a change, that she is a pro-abortion activist. But this information should have been freely given to her voters a long time ago, as part of her statement of her agenda back when she ran for both of her public offices.
The Wonders Of Cyberspace-or You Can Run But You Can’t Hide
Cyberspace can be a funny place sometimes, especially when someone has a website such as Ms Elyeas Minglewood site. Sometimes people let out a little more information on their true feelings than they originally intended. Ms. Elyea, on her business web site, openly supported radical left wing organizations and websites and according to investigators she did it for years.
The things that are posted on a site and then are removed have a way of staying out there and can be retrieved later on. Several years ago she promoted radical pro-drug and pro-abortion sites.
Below you will find a list of anti-social, drug promoting, pro-abortion sites promoted on Karen Elyea’s Minglewood business site.
Under the banner of “our favorite links” you would find at the top of her homepage:
Erowid is an online library containing tens of thousands of pages of information about psychoactive drugs, plants, and chemicals, including entheogens, psychedelics …
March For Women 2004– The time is right for a public demonstration of historic size in support of abortion rights and reproductive freedom for all women.
Cannabis Culture: Cannabis Culture is a magazine about marijuana and hemp around the world. Cannabis Culture is published every two months, and can be found at hemp and head shops, retail …
MoveOn.org: A racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Catholic remarks that are being published at MoveOn.org’s …
Pot Tv– Pot TV is a web-based video channel owned by Canadian cannabis activist Marc Emery (another example of Minglewood’s anti-social drug promoting attitude.
Naral Pro-choice: One of the original anti-life, radical pro-abortion organizations.
ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a leftist, secular-progressive organization. It was run for its first 30 years by an American named Roger Baldwin
ACLU Drug Policy Alliance: Appears to be a spinoff of the ACLU: DPA is the nation’s leading organization working to end the war on drugs. Question: How would this help law and order? This sounds pro-drug to me.
America Coming Together (ACT) The Federal Election Commission announced on August 29, 2007, that it had reached a settlement agreement with ACT for violations of various federal campaign finance laws during the 2004 US presidential campaign. ACT has agreed to pay $775,000 in fines.
It’s Magic-It’s Gone!
Don’t bother looking at her site now! It’s been sanitized. That’s right; investigators found that early in 2005 all references to these left wing sites were scrubbed and removed. Some speculate that the sanitation procedure was done possibly to hide what one could conclude is her true radical beliefs and six years later these links have never returned to her Minglewood site. Like a person with a plan, she was quiet as a county board member. She bided her time until she could secure her position as a city alderman and then promote her radical anti-life agenda by the promotion of the bubble zone. Later she increased her anti-life stance with her relentless attacks on the mobile ultrasound clinic.
After all of this, we can see how less than open she has been. Knowing what her true positions are and comparing them to a statement in a recent Register Star article in which the reporter said, in reference to Elyea, “A Rockford alderman admitted her abortion rights beliefs are fueling her fight over fair access to the city’s only abortion clinic.”; the same article later said “Elyea said she’s tried to keep her personal beliefs out of the ongoing debate, but doesn’t think the city’s administration is willing to do the same.” All these “personal beliefs” are the only things she is really about and has been for the past several years. Certainly she is not about the will of the decent law abiding citizens of Rockford. It has been documented that when pro-life citizens respectfully tried to approach Ms. Elyea to ask her a question, she attacked that citizen by saying I don’t negotiate with terrorists.
Investigators have tried to find when she had, if ever while running for public office, stated in any of her voting literature or rallies that she was and is a pro-abortion, pro-cannabis activist long before her political career. Not to do so is deceiving at the very least. Now all can see that she was less than candid with her voting public. We let the readers decide if removing her radical website links from her site in early 2005 was intended to deceive her voters or not.
Some citizens know that Karen Elyea was arrested at her Church Street Minglewood, while smoking pot at the time of her arrest; there was also another person on the premises who was charged with doing the same. She admitted to selling an average of 40 drug related pipes per month. Anyone can make a mistake, but for her to continue to promote her Pot TV and Cannabis Magazine on her website for over two years after her arrest and while she was on a two year probation, shows she has no remorse, no repentance, no change, but it does show her apparent contempt for the laws. One can only conclude that her site was sanitized for the purpose of presenting a different image of herself. Had she scrubbed her site in 2003 after her arrest, admitted her past mistakes, and changed her ways, that would have been wonderful; but I guess that’s a pipe dream.
A Call To Action
In view of this information being brought forth, I think the Rockford government should investigate Alderman Elyea for possible improprieties. She ran for public office shortly after finishing up a two year drug related probation. Did she even have a right to run for the respected office of county board member and then city alderman? On the Rockford City website it is stated that anyone who has been convicted of any felony cannot become a Rockford police officer. Do these same rules apply to our aldermen and/or county board members? If they do not, then why not? Does this mean that now convicted drug users can create unjust law and then decent law-abiding police officers are forced to implement those laws?
The government should investigate the apparent cover-up of her pro-abortion past and her sleeper agent-like quietness on the county board until she could get in a position to launch her anti-life ways by promoting the “bubble zone”. More recently we have her relentless crazed attacks against the mobile ultrasound clinic and her misrepresentation of the facts to city leaders to promote her hidden agenda.
We would encourage the mayor, City legal, and her fellow aldermen not to be swayed by her when considering pro-life legislation or government action.
And lastly to the people of the 11th Ward in Rockford: Would it be best for your community to not re-elect this radical agenda-driven activist who gained power over you through deceptive means? Now that you know the truth, you decide.