June 3, 2006

Evans in conflict with brothers over guardianship issues.

U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, D-Rock Island, is fighting his brothers' attempts to be named his permanent limited guardians.

Doyle and Steven Evans filed a petition this spring, as Rep. Evans recovered from complications related to Parkinson's disease, seeking to be named the congressman's permanent limited guardians.
At a hearing Tuesday, Rock Island County Judge Alan Blackwood ordered a guardian ad litem, a third-party attorney, to represent Rep. Evans' interests as his brothers seek to gain permanent limited guardianship over his affairs.

Rep. Evans, 54, also has hired his own attorney.

Technically, a guardian ad litem is appointed for a minor or adult who is unable to handle his or her own affairs. East Moline attorney John McGehee, who was appointed Wednesday, sees his role differently in this case.

"My job as guardian ad litem is to look at all the issues and see if a guardian should or shouldn't be appointed," Mr. McGehee said. "I'm kind of the eyes and ears of the court.

"My goal is to do what is in the best interests of Congressman Evans," he said.
The temporary guardianship is due to expire June 16.

The original petitions said Rep. Evans' condition necessitated the appointment.

"The Respondent was recently in the hospital for complications due to Parkinson's disease and, as a result, has limited mobility and intermittent cognitive impairments," according to the documents.

Rep. Evans' health has improved to the point where a guardianship isn't necessary, Arthur Winstein, who is representing the congressman, said Friday.

"I think, for the most part, Lane is well enough to do just about everything," Mr. Winstein, a Rock Island attorney, said.

Mr. McGehee confirmed that Rep. Evans is against his brothers gaining permanent guardianship.

During Tuesday's hearing, Judge Blackwood allowed Doyle and Steven Evans to file an amended petition for guardianship if necessary and made Rep. Evans aware that he could seek an independent medical examination as part of the proceedings. A physician's report was sealed in the court file when the original petition was filed April 17.

Rep. Evans is scheduled to return to Washington, D.C., next week, after spending several months in the Quad-Cities recuperating from his illness.

Illinois statute recommends the ward of a guardianship be in court for hearings, Mr. McGehee said. Steve Vetzner, spokesman for Rep. Evans, declined to comment on the guardianship proceedings or to say whether the congressman will return to the Quad-Cities for Friday's hearing.

No one answered the door at Rep. Evans' Rock Island home Friday. Doyle Evans, who has been acting as his brother's caregiver, lives with the congressman. Bates Larson, a Chicago attorney who filed the guardianship petition for Doyle and Steven Evans, didn't return calls for comment.
Read the D/A piece by Kurt Allemeier here.


At 6/03/2006 3:13 PM, Blogger DookOfURL said...

I thought I'd bust a gut laughing when I read this quote from Art Winstein: "I think, for the most part, Lane is well enough to do just about anything".

The Winsteins, father and son, have been propping up Lane Evans for decades----they sure ain't gonna give up their cash cow without a fight.

But really, isn't Art Winstein saying Evans can "do about anything" about as accurate and truthful as when Kenny Lay said that Enron was in good financial health?


At 6/03/2006 4:00 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Winstein may be guilty of a little overstatement, after all, Lane's not going to be participating in any Triathelon's in the near future.

But clearly, the quote is meant to say that as far as competency goes, Lane is just fine.

At 6/04/2006 5:49 PM, Blogger DookOfURL said...

I'll believe that "Lane is just fine" when I hear an MD say it----not a political operative like Art Winstein. Do you really take Winstein at his word regarding Evans' condition knowing how tied up the Winsteins are with Lane's political fortunes?

At 6/04/2006 10:02 PM, Blogger Anon 10:32 said...

I am glad to see you clear up what Art W. meant. You are a true blessing. I am glad that you cleared this up for me.

At 6/04/2006 11:30 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Dook... don't get your laceys in a knot now. Winstein just tossed out a positive word on Evans. It's not the end of the world.

But neither am I able to subscribe to the panic and alarm in some of your posts suggesting that Evans is just sitting in a corner drooling or something.

He's doing the best he can, has a lot on his plate, and will finish his term.

I'm very sorry to hear that there appears to be conflict among he and his brothers, as such disputes are always expensive, stressful, and can become very bitter.

I hope for everyone's sake that it's settled quickly and with a minimum of antagonism.

And frankly, I find it extremely difficult to understand why someone would feel the need to continually try to bang on a guy who's suffered a debilitating disease for some time now just when it's become very serious and threatens to erode him physically even further.

It seems tasteless and rather crude.

The man is serving out the remnants of his term.

We should wish him our very best, and honor his service, not continualy kick him in the ass as he leaves office.

Frankly, that's not being a very "compassionate conservative."

At 6/04/2006 11:33 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And anon... I'm not speaking for Winstein, obviuosly, nor do I know exactly what he meant. Just gave my take on what he was driving at.

I surely hope that didn't "clear things up" for you, as I'm sure you were capable of making a judgement about it on your own.

At 6/05/2006 5:15 PM, Blogger DookOfURL said...

The reason I "bang on a guy who's suffered a debilitating disease for some time..." is exactly why I "bang" on him. He has had Parkinson's since '95, covered that fact up until '98 (or was it "93 and '95) has been in obvious decline for sometime, has not been coherent for years should never had run in '04 and probably not in '02 either. I assume it was Evans' vanity and pride that made him announce his run in '06, only to decline one week AFTER the primary. Because of all his cover-ups and political machinations, he does not deserve our pity and he sure as hell does not deserve to run the clock out on his term. He played this for all it was worth, all the while covering up the severity of his illness and playing on our sympathy, while his unelected staff did his work.

I don't just blame Evans. If there was "leadership" in the local Dem party, they would have persuaded Evans to step down after his '04 win. For whatever reason, they chose not to make the tough decisions about Lane's health problem. However, they had no problem sending the Smear Machine after Zinga when she dared to tell the truth about Lane's health. That was a no-brainer.


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