What a Difference 4 Days Makes
The Chicago Public Schools inspector general has launched an investigation into senior staff's use of leased cars, including an SUV driven by schools chief Ron Huberman that's equipped with satellite radio and heated seats.
The investigation was sparked by a Tribune story Sunday that disclosed Huberman's use of two taxpayer-funded cars -- a perk not available to previous school chiefs.
The story also prompted the administration to review its leasing program and discover procedures were not followed, said Monique Bond, schools spokeswoman.
[...] "That department is responsible," Bond said. "I don't want to implicate any individual, but we found out that policies were not followed ... Those found to be responsible will face severe disciplinary action."[...] "Ron is upset that proper procedures were not followed," she said. "He's troubled. He's embarrassed, and he's angry."
- Huberman's car and driver can be used by his senior staff, spokeswoman Monique Bond said. His personal car is to get to and from work, weekend events and school-related trips to Springfield, she added. Bond said Huberman worked at least 36 weekend days in 2009 , and has taken a handful of trips to Springfield.
- On Saturday, Mayor Richard Daley said he was unfamiliar with the situation, but knows "Huberman will respond to that appropriately."
- Bond said Huberman typically begins his day about 7 a.m. and doesn't end until 8 p.m., on average. She said it doesn't make sense to have a driver make trips to his home, and that it's more cost-effective to have a separate car.
Hey look! It's Hubie and Mo'neeq wasting our fucking money! What a pair of pompous jagoffs.