Comments to County Board from ROAR for AJ Spokespersons

The following was read to the McHenry County Board last night by ROAR fpr AJ Spokesperson Tracy Kotzman:

I am with an organization that reaches 14,000 members who are
actively discussing their concerns regarding a member of this board, one who has been involved in a nationally reported death of a child.

Allegedly it appears as if this person made critical errors in judgement
regarding not only this childs well being but his overall safety.

Isn’t their concern that your fellow board member may be failing in his
most critical duties to the children of McHenry County due to his added
responsibilities he takes on within this board?

I know myself and many in our community and outside of our community are concerned.

After many years of experience with DCFS, he is currently being investigated.

Carlos Acosta

Officials at DCFS, knowing that they are short staffed and have high case loads made the decision to have Carlos Acosta removed from any case work and placed on administrative duties.

Their decision to do so along with his previous disciplinary actions concerns us greatly.

Does that not give you pause?

With the past and recent troubles he is facing with his employment
with DCFS, it is our opinion that he is not capable of being efficient and
diligent in his responsibilities.

It appears as if he has too much on his plate, and he should make a choice which position, in which organization he can adequately direct his focus on and better serve.

If he didn’t represent AJ and other at risk children to the best of his ability, then how can we believe he can represent McHenry County?

I certainly do not want him representing me.

DCFS investigators are in violation of a consent decree, by accepting case loads in excess of that decree.

The concensus is that these investigators are struggling to do their jobs properly, yet Carlos Acosta has time to take on added responsibilities outside of his very critical position where children are at risk?

Including representing McHenry County, District 5, the very same district this tragedy was allowed to happen in? [AJ Freiund was bured in Distict 5, but die in District 2.]

How could this be ethically or I believe there are many people in this room that were and are familiar with with Andrew Freund SR. the attorney that practiced here for years.

Some went to school with him, some lived in the same community with him.

Decisions made by this board affected that attorney, personally and professionally.

So I ask you is it appropriate or ethical for said member of this board to participate in an investigation of this attorney, an officer of the court, for which this board is associated?

Knowing what you know now, do you feel this board member is acting
in the best interests of this community?

I certainly do not.

I believe he his incompentence in fulfilling critical duties he has been
tasked with.

Does this board review, consider and make decisions about the conduct
of its members?

Are you concerned about public perception with regards to highly visible and controversial actions of said members?

What, if any ramifications on this county would come as a result, if his
employment with DCFS is terminated?

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And from Aurora Thornton:

Mr. Chairman, it’s reported that you made a statement, to indicate that your placing the blame for AJ’s death on what you refer to as a “collective failure”.

We are in agreement with that conclusion. We believe, collectively, that DCFS, residents of AJ household, the judicial system is culpable as well as the drug dealers and in our opinion Mr. Carlos Acosta.

In our opinion, in order to remedy a collective failure, all parties to that collective failure, should be appropriately sanctioned.

The life of a young boy is the result of this “collective failure”. We now, have a zero tolerance policy as a group, and as a community….for “collective failures” regarding the children of this county.

We believe that Mr. Acosta should be allowed to resign his position on this board immediately.

We expect this board to ask for, if not demand, that resignation.

You were quoted as saying this isn’t about Carlos Acosta. This is a broken system.”

You were also quoted as saying, ” This is about a system that DCFS Workers who have 15 children they’re supposed to take care of have 40 or 50. That’s what this is.”

Mr. Chairman, your quotes, have some merit, we agree.

Per a long standing Federal Consent Decree, DCFS has specific limitations on how many current, and how many new cases may be assigned to someone such as Mr. Acosta during any given month.

It’s alleged that Mr. Acosta was violating the terms of that decree.

We agree, that this job is an intense and taxing profession, even when appropriate case loads are observed.

Mr. Acosta, who allegedly had an overload of children to protect, nevertheless, feels that he has plenty of time and energy to serve as an elected official representing a very complex and diverse county.

We believe that Mr. Acosta has over extended his abilities to get one job done properly, let alone his many other professions.

Again, we are asking for a resignation.

In the quote from Rep. David McSweeney, “I don’t think that this is someone that should be in public service.

“He should resign from public service and move on.”

Mr. chairman this is in fact about Carlos Acosta.


Comments

Comments to County Board from ROAR for AJ Spokespersons — 19 Comments

  1. Just a few revisions to the statement made,
    Here it is in its entirety

    I am with an organization that reaches 14,000 members who are actively discussing their concerns regarding a member of this board. One who has been involved in a nationally reported death of a child.

    Allegedly it appears as if this person made critical errors in judgement regarding not only this childs well being but his overall safety.

    Isn’t their concern that your fellow board member may be failing in his most critical duties to the children of McHenry County due to his added responsibilities he takes on within this board? I know myself and many in our community and outside of our community are concerned.
    After many years of experience with DCFS, he is currently being investigated. Officials at DCFS, knowing that they are short staffed and have high case loads made the decision to have Carlos Acosta removed from any case work and placed on administrative duties. Their decision to do so along with his previous disciplinary actions concerns us greatly. Does that not give you pause?

    With the past and recent troubles he is facing with his employment with DCFS, it is our opinion that he is not capable of being efficient and diligent in his responsibilities. It appears as if he has too much on his plate, and he should make a choice which position, in which organization he can adequately direct his focus on and better serve.
    If he didn’t represent AJ and other at risk children to the best of his ability, then how can we believe he can represent McHenry County? I certainly do not want him representing me.

    DCFS investigators are in violation of a consent decree, by accepting case loads in excess of that decree. The concensus is that these investigators are struggling to do their jobs properly,
    yet Carlos Acosta has time to take on added responsibilities outside of his very critical position where children are at risk? Including representing McHenry County, District 5, the very same district this tragedy was allowed to happen in? How could this be ethically or morally acceptable?

    I believe there are many people in this room that were and are familiar with with Andrew Freund SR. the attorney that practiced here for years. Some went to school with him, some lived in the same community with him. Decisions made by this board affected that attorney, personally and professionally. So I ask you is it appropriate or ethical for said member of this board to participate in an investigation of this attorney, an officer of the court, for which this board is associated?
    Knowing what you know now, do you feel this board member is acting in the best interests of this community? I certainly do not. I believe he has shown us his incompentence in fulfilling critical duties he has been tasked with.
    Does this board review, consider and make decisions about the conduct of its members? Are you concerned about public perception with regards to highly visible and controversial actions of said members?
    What, if any ramifications on this county would come as a result, if his employment with DCFS is terminated?

    We are here to ask Carlos Acosta to resign his position from this board, we ask his fellow board members do the same.
    At minimum we request Carlos Acosta to take a leave from the board, until this investigation and case is over.

  2. Thank You, ROAR FOR AJ, you speak for all of us, with grave concerns regarding the County Board and who represents their constituents.

  3. If as Jack the Hack stated it was a “system failure”, then Mr. Acosta is culpable as the DIRECT advocate of that system.

    You need to resign and reevaluate your priorities.

  4. Meanwhile, a truckload of surplus “CUT 10% PROPERTY TAX” T-Shirts, was seen heading south to aid flood victims.

  5. Why in the world are they trying to hold anyone but the parents accountable?

    They aren’t saying much about the actual murderers.

    They aren’t blaming the detectives.

    They aren’t blaming the police.

    Only Mr. Acosta.

    Their anger is totally misplaced.

    This group of wackos will chime in and say that ‘of course’ the parents are to blame, but their actions and activism prove otherwise.

  6. It’s inhumane to expect overpaid Public Sector workers to do their job, when there’s Union rabble rousing speeches and other political hobby’s to pursue.

  7. Time to file a civil suit on the grounds of negligence of duty naming Mr. Acosta and DCFS as defendants.

    It’s the only way to affect change.

    Do it “for the children”, as the DEMOCRATS love to say.

  8. Sick of this

    Sounds like you haven’t done your research regarding Acosta’s “missed opportunity” as well as not following court orders as well as previous disciplinary actions for not providing families with services etc.

    It doesn’t sound as if you have looked into what else this group is doing either.

    Maybe research some before speaking out of….. well
    ⏰ 🐱

  9. @Sickofthis

    Here is the great thing about America is you can get a group together and go and protest the police force, detectives or anyone else you want!

    They chose to go after an agency that is dysfunctional and has been for decades.

    Overpaid social workers that make $100,000 a year with pensions and other lucrative benefits paid for by the taxpayers!

    About 100 deaths happen under DCFS every year!

    Acosta ran for a county board seat that takes a lot of time to campaign for going door to door, putting up signs, interviews.

    But he was so overworked with so many cases but had the time to do that.

    County Board meetings are all during the daytime except 1 per month.

    When would he have time to go to these meetings and do his job?

    Why because maybe his job isn’t so taxing after all!

  10. Average salary of Social Workers in Illinois are $52,000-$76,000. Average salary in Woodstock is $62,500. Are you tired of overpriced workers in Government yet with lucrative benefits and pensions!

  11. Does this inaction of any standard of care warrant a charge of criminal negligence?

  12. I encourage Mr Acosta or one of his followers to give his side of the story in this forum.

    Despite imminent litigation I am sure he could address the issues we all have.

    The silence is deafening.

  13. Dear Mr. Acosta: You must answer the questions and provide every requested explanation to these sunshine commenters by giving your side of the story. The good character and undisputed reputation of this sunshine blog (McHenry County’s pride) and sunshine commenters give you no other choice. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tockl meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  14. I was thinking of Acosta’s character and reputation.

    Is that not worth saving or is it way past that?

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