THIS IS A STORY ABOUT THE LACK OF TRANSPARENCY
AND A CONSPIRACY BY LAWYERS FOR THE STATE TO HIDE RECORDS
State of Illinois Healthcare and Family Services inked a deal worth over $190 million with Client Network Services Incorporated ( “CNSI” ) through an Intergovernmental Agreement with Michigan, shutting out vendors to provide Medicaid claims processing. Sources are telling us that number is now over $300 Million but we have not been able to confirm that. The deal will reduce the state headcount by almost 300 while offshoring the work to CNSI’s facility in India via a cloud solution.
Lots of controversy and interested individuals filed FOIA requests for emails and documents concerning this deal after we started exposing the transaction close to two years ago. The list is a respectable one and includes National Review, Chicago Tribune, Belleville news democrat (BND) and an interested state representative, Dwight Kay, whom sits on the appropriations committee of Healthcare and Family Services and was shut out when he started to probe the no bid deal. CNSI is not shy about their business and gave Bruce Rauner a hefty campaign donationalongside Representative Sara Figenholz whom sits on the HFS appropriations committee.
FOIA is important. Without it you wouldn’t have:
1. GPS in your car – as the maps are the result of a FOIA request to USGS
2. Home Loans – as the data necessary comes from County Tax Assessor FOIAs
3. News– as much of the news is a result of a FOIA request to government agencies
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