Sunday, April 19, 2015

School Scandal Deepens

  • Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett is taking a paid leave of absence in the face of a federal investigation that subpoenas show is taking a broad approach in its search for information about the district's decision to award a $20.5 million no-bid contract.

    Chicago Board of Education Vice President Jesse Ruiz, an attorney and former chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education, was appointed interim CEO. Ruiz and school board President David Vitale were among officials that voted 6-0 in 2013 to approve a contract to the SUPES Academy training organization that is at the heart the federal inquiry.

We don't know what you think, but it is our experience that people don't take "leaves" unless the feds have them dead-bang. In fact, the feds don't usually announce investigations unless they're hoping to get someone to talk in the face of an upcoming dead-bang indictment.

You have to love the fact that the next two guys in charge also voted for this crooked ass deal.

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Anonymous 11th Dist King said...

paid leave of absence? Must be nice?

4/19/2015 01:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And you wonder why little Johnny can't read.

4/19/2015 01:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's all sorts of big names involved with the voting for this money. There's Pritzkers all the way up to Gov Rauner named.

4/19/2015 01:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Paid leave of absence"
Her contract won't be renewed.
As was pointed out
The Nine-Digit-Midget seems to always pick these people that have one foot in felony charges.

4/19/2015 02:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And why are our pensions going belly-up?

These damn bastards should rot in the penitentiary.

4/19/2015 02:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Paid leave" is just a cute way to keep the big salary coming until conviction. More entitlements for the elite class of heredity educators.

4/19/2015 03:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree SCC. The Feds have her by the short hairs.

4/19/2015 03:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kill the corruption. Prison is a start.

4/19/2015 03:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Illinois State Board of Education has their problems as well:



http://www.statesmennews.com/breaking/state-board-of-education-member-resigns-more-than-superintendent-employ-h1949.html

4/19/2015 04:46:00 AM  
Blogger fillmoreranger said...

What do I have to do to get a paid leave of absence?

4/19/2015 05:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And "Blago" got 14 years for something that he never completed....

4/19/2015 06:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where there is smoke, there's fire. But really, you guys have no idea how corrupt and how much waste there is with CPS and its connected contracts. I'd love to share what I know and have seen first-hand, but I am just a low-level cog on the ring, and I would put the livelihood of myself and quite a few others in jeopardy. Further, we don't know the ins and outs of the contracts, just that the work many of these contractors were hired to do was never done.

4/19/2015 07:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..and once again little Lisa Madigan is neither seen nor heard
Now if BBB had purchased unsafe baby furniture on that contract, CPS would be feeling the full weight of the AG office. What a useless bunch.

4/19/2015 07:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wake up feds, this doesn't stop with the CPS. All the city depts, especially streets and water use no bid conrtracts for all sorts of shit that should be competitively bid.

4/19/2015 08:00:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

How about a non-paid leave of absence? She's already been "paid".

4/19/2015 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You elected Rham again, this is what you get. More of the same.

4/19/2015 08:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm sure knows how to pick em

4/19/2015 08:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paid leave at over $25G per month. Only in Chicago.

4/19/2015 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only is Chicago broke, but they doubled down on debt without secure assets backing it and will soon lose tax free status on much of its outstanding municipals. Oh yeah, it gets worse;

http://kristiculpepper.tumblr.com/post/114712372952/how-chicago-has-used-financial-engineering-to

4/19/2015 08:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need an elected school board and park district board. I know this will not get rid of corruption, but these are two bodies with the ability to levee and increase property taxes. This is taxation without representation, which was a partial cause of a little something we call the Revolution. Rahm and Daley before him would claim they didn't raise property taxes, the whole while their hand picked boards were.

4/19/2015 08:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was training for Principals who said overwhelmingly that the training was crap. So, not only did they blow 20 mil., they didn't even get their money's worth.

4/19/2015 08:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Need I say that a $20 million dollar no-bid contract doesn't get awarded without some very heavy influence from the top of this city's government?

4/19/2015 08:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The next two guys in charge voted yes because the Rahm/Rauner combine wanted them to vote for it.

In fact, those two puds would probably be washroom attendants if they weren't stooges for Rahm/Rauner.

This story is a perfect illustration of how Rahm/Rauner are hoovering up all of the loose change that Daley missed before they BK the place.

Stupid, fuckin voters in this country.

4/19/2015 09:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does the term "paid leave of absence" bother anyone else? Sure, sit at home while the taxpayers give you money. In the meantime we are trying to fire you for being a criminal.

Everybody gets that, right? She is a criminal.

4/19/2015 09:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my gut feeling is that the daleys and 11th ward are knee deep in this sh-t, lets see 20.5 million for a principles work shop not een the pentagon would had been stupid enough to approve this, also what was the expense/ profits ratios, sounds a lot of politically connected people made a lot of money

4/19/2015 10:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have them look into all the 20 year olds with no yearly credits that attend High School all day long and do NOTHING!

4/19/2015 10:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always remember that all the clouted RAHM puts to lead City departments(i.e Gary/Weis etc)
seem to never use any time off.

These leeches then quit and get fat checks to cash out time off!

But they do take time off!

Has anyone in ethics question Byrds ethics form that the City makes regular patrol officer fill out?
I know all those beat officer who handle million dollar contracts.

Media Trolls.... FOIA BYRDS ethics statement!
I bet it has been updated??? Has her Medical insurance been cut off?
Has her key to her office been taken away?
Has her computer clearance been suspended?
But the media trolls always want the police to be fire as soon as a YOU Tube video pops up.

4/19/2015 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CHUY was right!

4/19/2015 11:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember this.....Paid Leave of Absence for her but NO pension for you. Thanks for voting for Rahm.

4/19/2015 12:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this sounds like the 11th ward in knee deep in this, f-ck bridgeport

4/19/2015 12:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have them look into all the 20 year olds with no yearly credits that attend High School all day long and do NOTHING!

4/19/2015 10:35:00 AM
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This is a huge problem in the CPS! God forbid we infringe upon their rights to a free education. I work for cps and I've been saying that they have a right to a free and equitable education. Once they voluntarily refuse to utilize their opportunities (I would give them 2 F's per four years in summer/night school) I would tell them they squandered the opportunity, you want to stay, charge them tuition so the city recoups the money spent on said goofball. People waive/refuse their rights all the time. Nothing illegal about tossing them out or using alternative (GED) programs.

4/19/2015 12:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emanuel is the target. He will be indicted this week.

4/19/2015 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nothing will happen, it's all legit!

4/19/2015 12:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT: Rahm's college counselor is charged with PCS-Intent
http://www.cwbchicago.com/2015/04/blowin-it-teen-who-robbed-rahms-son-now.html

4/19/2015 12:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Does the term "paid leave of absence" bother anyone else? Sure, sit at home while the taxpayers give you money. In the meantime we are trying to fire you for being a criminal.

Everybody gets that, right? She is a criminal.

4/19/2015 09:34:00 AM

First, paid leave is a misnomer. She's using unused vacation days. Most news outlets are neglecting to mention that, which was the second sentence behind 'paid leave' in the press release.

Second, we have this thing called 'due process'. So, no, she's not a criminal until she's adjudged to be a criminal. Your opinion doesn't enter into the equation.

Removing her from a decision-making role was the right thing to do. I'm sure the Feds will see the rest of the process through and you can call her a criminal once she's found guilty. You would want the same courtesy if you were the accused person.

4/19/2015 12:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
..and once again little Lisa Madigan is neither seen nor heard
Now if BBB had purchased unsafe baby furniture on that contract, CPS would be feeling the full weight of the AG office. What a useless bunch.

4/19/2015 07:53:00 AM

So true.

4/19/2015 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in the day old time Alderman Paddy Bauler said it best...."Chicago ain't ready for reform". The more things change the more they stay the same.

4/19/2015 01:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So...

The feebs are doing an "up-skirt" of BBB over this $20 million contract.

Meanwhile, nobody is saying shit about those awful financial/investment vehicles sold to CPS by the same 1%-er banking/investment/finance crooks who obscenely financed Rahm's re-election so that they can continue to steal/obscenely profiteer as they have for years under Daley?

Fuck all that other noise...
THESE are the m/fers who are too big to fail.

There WILL be NO Fed-Gov take down of these corrupt bastards.

The teachers WILL continue to be vilified because their pensions are viewed as sweet honey-pots that Rahm, Rauner and the whole array of 1%-er money conjurers want to get their hands on but not quite yet because people now see these m/fers intent with crystal clarity.

This agit-prop shit show (Fling! - SPLAT! Hey look at dat!) about so called greedy teachers refusing to take a haircut to "help" fix this mess not of their making, has been cheered on by local media. Hence all the energetic pantyless cartwheels by the likes of Steinberg, Spielman, Brown et al...

Still waiting on the Koch Boys to blow into town and visit the same uncertainty, worry, financial concerns and sleepless nights upon them and their ilk that everyone in the Great American Middle has been enduring.

Heh... May random members of Dude Inc. have cause to be in close proximity with you disingenuous assholes.

Fuckery seemingly has no end.

4/19/2015 01:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone tell me again why the FEDS never went after Richie Daley?

4/19/2015 01:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Have them look into all the 20 year olds with no yearly credits that attend High School all day long and do NOTHING!

4/19/2015 10:35:00 AM

"We don't do expulsions anymore."

Something about they're mandated to warehouse these disruptive fuckers until they turn 21?

Teachers can't teach because of these assholes.
Children can't LEARN because of these assholes.
An environment non-conducive to learning because of these assholes and the rattle-mind progressive thinking that keeps them in place.

Worked some schools and without fail, you would see the same assholes doing the fool/sitting in the principal's office and other stupid shit.

And school staff would give us the eeeevil eye because we refused to "help them" with these
little assholes.

"Help" meaning putting Police hands on the little darlings for a disciplinary problem/breach of school rules...

"Catch him! He RAN from ME yesterday!"
Let that ignant m/fer run... He'll get tired after a while.

They want "help" with these six foot, 200 pound, DNA already in play (both male and female) two legged feral mules already highly experienced in fighting and fucking? Eating, sleeping and the quest for a safe dark corner to take a shit in notwithstanding...

You KNOW how it will end.

The second you blast a crater in the floor and they see that oversized "child" sitting in it with just their head and their feet sticking out, suddenly that PO-leece help is a big fucking problem as that school staffer is NOW a prosecution witness.

"I seent what dat ossifer done!"

Sorry... No laws broken = Hands off.
Order in your schools are a function of STAFF.
Police in schools for presence.

Fix the built in theivery in the CPS budget and hire CIVILIAN truant officers so Policemen won't have to
be aggravated with the sure to follow foolishness.



They hate it when you stay true to the Police mission and can articulate where the law and common sense dictates where your duties begin and end.

4/19/2015 02:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Da Chitcawgo way , under criminal and paid leave of absence. Hush money .

4/19/2015 04:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe someone should look at where they all are suppose to be living ( within the city limits ) I know the CPS school where I work about 35 to 40% reside in the burbs using city addresses. Contract time boys and girls . If this was us at CPD we would be fired.

4/19/2015 08:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't realize how Chicago really worked until I was sitting at restaurant one day with a family member who owned a small business. Johnny "quarter's" Boyle sits down and says.."Do you have that $25,000 yet? My family member says no. After he leaves the table, I ask what was that all about? The family member tells me that if they pay that amount, he will hook them up with city contract. Since then, the reoccurring boil on my ass is call "Johnny Quarters Boil".

4/19/2015 09:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

U know what, SCC, WTF happens to the Unwelcome Crew of Cops from the Old 019 at Bel/Wes? We had our own thing going west of Clark and didn't realize how great we had it.
WE HAD A WATCH! They forced us over to the Island of Santorini, we didn't ask to go there. As a matter of FACT the 023 personnel treated us like shit, busted us up as partners, and played all these wonderful games on us. The mid W/S somehow was a patrolmen w/a rank between Lt and D/C.
A Copper stood up w/in the 1st year of the merge and said "We don't need any1 from 023!" and that was about the size of it.
We, as Capt. McGovern and Jack Schultz's watch, were fucked straight up the ass w/out lube.
Fuck that place

4/19/2015 11:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Emanuel is the target. He will be indicted this week.

4/19/2015 12:17:00 PM

If only this was true.

4/20/2015 12:53:00 AM  
Blogger JohnL said...

Just another Chiraq Crook.

4/20/2015 04:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Maybe someone should look at where they all are suppose to be living ( within the city limits ) I know the CPS school where I work about 35 to 40% reside in the burbs using city addresses. Contract time boys and girls . If this was us at CPD we would be fired.

4/19/2015 08:51:00 PM

CPS Student Residency Violations are taken seriously by CPS because if CPS catches someone's kid living outside Chicago, CPS can get money coming into their bank account.

CPS Employee Residency Violations are only looked into if the violator is deemed a troublemaker and has a past history of going against the grain or disciplinary issues as money is lost by CPS to look into employee violators.

Though, those CPS employees hired before November 20, 1996 are grandfathered in with the old residency policy and can live on the moon. And, several CPS employees are deemed need basis employees, meaning if they work in an area where CPS has a shortage of personnel, these employees can get a residency waiver to live in the suburbs, WI, or IN. However, they can only get a residency waiver if they were hired as a non-Chicago resident and they can't move from Chicago to the suburbs and request a residency waiver.

CPS Need areas for CPS are: GET THIS...PE, Counseling, Librarians, Special Education, Math, Science, and some Language teachers.

4/20/2015 06:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, of course, Rahm Emanuel (like his predecessor) knows nothing about this.

4/20/2015 06:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Can someone tell me again why the FEDS never went after Richie Daley?

4/19/2015 01:59:00 PM

It was part of the deal that got mayor mumbles out of the way to let obumer get the little one out of Washington.

4/20/2015 08:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another resignation, Mr. Ricardo Meza is officially out The office of Executive Inspector General. He got wind of some subpoenas.

4/20/2015 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BBB will be ok. She has been making her allies for a while - she was the driver behind changing the Board policy for how to become a principal so that the sister of an Alderman could become one last year.

4/20/2015 01:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:47pm...Sorry buddy, this isnt a PSMV case up for a probable cause hearing in Branch 48. By the time the Feds let on to the public that they are investigating someone......99% of the time theyve already got them dead to rights.

4/20/2015 03:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
12:47pm...Sorry buddy, this isnt a PSMV case up for a probable cause hearing in Branch 48. By the time the Feds let on to the public that they are investigating someone......99% of the time theyve already got them dead to rights.

4/20/2015 03:47:00 PM

Yes, I'm sure Robert Blagojevich would wholeheartedly agree with your assessment of guilt and innocence. Then again, maybe not. (That's why judges try cases, not anonymous posters on blogs.)

My point was, the woman has not been found guilty in a court of law and her employer cannot take actions as if she HAS been found guilty. We can all 'believe' she's guilty, but that is different from a conviction.

So, since she has unused vacation days and her contract apparently allows this, she is USING them.

4/20/2015 06:10:00 PM  

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