Friday, October 16, 2015

Gary Who?

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he doesn’t know and has never met Gary Solomon, a key player in the $23 million contract kickback scheme that culminated in the guilty plea by his handpicked former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

    [...] With Solomon’s fingerprints all over the hiring of two schools CEO that went sour, one of whom turned out to be a crook, Emanuel was asked Wednesday to clarify the nature of his relationship with Solomon, who was indicted along with Byrd-Bennett.

    How did he know him? Where did he meet him? Why did he rely on him? And if he knew that Byrd-Bennett once worked for Solomon’s company, why did the mayor not disqualify SUPES and two other Solomon-owned education consulting companies from receiving CPS contracts?

    The mayor’s answer was enlightening and unequivocal.

    “First, I don’t know Gary Solomon. Never met Gary Solomon. Not a supporter of mine in any effort. So, I don’t know how you can say that, based on the fact that there is no relationship between me and Gary Solomon ever,” Emanuel said.

    “The U.S. attorney just finished five months of review. Didn’t talk to me about anything. Didn’t ask for anything from me. … And I don’t believe that mayors should get involved in contracts, which is why I did not.”
Riiiiight. We can only hope that there are (A) wiretaps and (B) Byrd-Bennett sings like a canary.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

run forrest run....

10/16/2015 12:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For a while there it sounded like Daley taking.

10/16/2015 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Won't happen . She already cut a deal and pled.
keep dreaming .

10/16/2015 01:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm never met Gary S., but he probably met Bob J. who is best friends forever with Gary S.... So technically it's not a lie... Right? Right? Bueller?

10/16/2015 01:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God, I hope they link these two. Fucking thieves. Hey Rauner, how's that "term limits" campaign promise coming along?!

10/16/2015 01:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm, you Shit-Ass!

Surrender those e-mails!.

10/16/2015 01:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Riiiiight. We can only hope that there are (A) wiretaps and (B) Byrd-Bennett sings like a canary.

Uh, a little optimistic if not outright naive SCC? We can only hope for a Republican appointed US Attorney General and US Attorney here in Chicago. Thats what we hope for.

10/16/2015 01:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to grab that wedding dress and skip town

10/16/2015 02:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Feds let Blago know he was being taped before he could enmesh the person that held the US Senate seat he selling. Do you think they extended the same courtesy to that a$$hole Rahm?

10/16/2015 05:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope BBB gives up Rahm. Then Rahm can give up Daley...... we're allowed to dream right?

10/16/2015 05:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gary who? Gary this --

"In 2001, Solomon [from Wilmette] was forced out of Niles Township School District 219 under a cloud after he was accused by his bosses of “immoral and unprofessional” conduct, including allegations he kissed a female student, covered up students’ drug and alcohol use and sent “sexually suggestive, predatory” emails to students, court records show.

"For many teachers, it would have been a career-ending scandal. But Solomon, who has denied any wrongdoing, rebounded to build a highly profitable career in education. He went into business with a former Niles West student [Thomas Vranas] and started a trio of education firms that have gotten government contracts worth tens of millions of dollars."

10/16/2015 05:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Gary. More Gary.

"Man behind controversial CPS contract allegedly used racist language, sent predatory emails"


"Before his principal-training company came under federal criminal scrutiny for its lucrative deal with Chicago Public Schools, Gary Solomon previously faced allegations he used racial slurs in emails sent as a north suburban high school dean, according to documents released Thursday by his former employers.

"In an email to a former female student who had recently graduated, Solomon allegedly referred to African-American people as “mooks, shines, burrheads, yard apes, porch monkeys,” and several other racially offensive terms.

"He also wrote that black people “will never set foot in his house,” according to a transcript of a state hearing held because Solomon initially fought efforts to remove him from the school.

"And, in a personal journal he kept on a school computer, Solomon described another school administrator as an “uppity n—–,” a lawyer for District 219 alleged, according to the transcript."

Lots more ugly here.

10/16/2015 05:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Gary Who. No wonder Rahm has "gone fetal" on us.

"Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office was more involved in a $20.5 million school contract with a now-indicted consultant than previously disclosed, public records indicate, but his administration has refused to release hundreds of emails that could provide a deeper understanding of how the deal came to be."

10/16/2015 05:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hope Byrd sings like a Bird

10/16/2015 05:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will Gary talk? Of course he will, better watch out though the people who he can talk about are powerful, nice to see the Feds taking down the rich guys, who have been skating away for years, bet when Trump takes office the gloves will be completely off the Feds and it will get more interesting at the highest political levels here! "Very interesting, intriguing perhaps!"

10/16/2015 07:36:00 AM  
Anonymous stash the polski guy said...

still a chance citizens can celebrate a mayoral indictment before a cubs world series clincher.

10/16/2015 07:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mayor's comment was total bullshit as well as being enlightening and unequivocal.

10/16/2015 07:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Rahm developing Fedheimers like Shortshanks did?

10/16/2015 08:00:00 AM  
Blogger The Keesing Bandit said...

Sing like a canary? With that plea she will sing like a jailbird.

Now, kees me you fool!!!!

10/16/2015 08:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I don’t believe that mayors should get involved in contracts...," like public union contracts, like parking meter contracts, like leasing public land for $1 contracts.

10/16/2015 08:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an interesting article about past conduct. If who ever hired her didn't know about her past, they are either a lier and/or involved too!

Even the tribune could figure this out!

Chicago doesn't want nobody, nobody sent!

10/16/2015 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm "...I don’t believe that mayors should get involved in contracts, which is why I did not.”

Well there in lies the problem.


We have a MAYOR AND HIS CREW that doesn't give a shit on how the taxpayers money is being spent.

All the MAYOR AND HIS CREW wants to do is raise more taxes, create more fines and fees using the taxpayers as an ATM.

When it comes to being held accountable you have the balls to come out and tell us you don't think you should get involved?

You guys should try that mentality.

Next gang member that gets popped on the west side or Englewood or where ever and the media asks why CPD didn't stop it just tell 'em. "I don't believe CPD should get involved in gang shootings which I did not " Lemme know how that works out../sarc

10/16/2015 09:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The call for stricter BACKGROUND CHECKS is misplaced and should be for political office holders.

I suggest they all wear body cameras and recording devices 24/7. This is necessary as it will help save taxpayers millions in legal fees down the road.

It's common sense really.

Starting at the top we're talking what..50 alderman and the mayor and the CPS board which would not be very costly equipment wise. If the bullshit continues then we just go down another staffing level until it stops.

10/16/2015 09:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Babs ain't saying shit about Rahm.

...and the feds won't be asking about Rahm.

10/16/2015 10:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One could only pray that the new US Attorney for our Northern District has evidence on Rham, Daley and Madigan.
Yup, one can only pray for justice.

10/16/2015 12:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Hot Pursuit said...

Hey Rahm, just remember...Three can keep a secret when Two are dead... no stress there.

10/16/2015 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I don’t believe that mayors should get involved in contracts, which is why I did not.”

Let the jury decide that

10/16/2015 01:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Is Rahm developing Fedheimers like Shortshanks did?

10/16/2015 08:00:00 AM

It must be in the walls of the fifth mold.

10/16/2015 03:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe Andy Shaw missed it. Nothing gets passed him and his crew.

10/16/2015 04:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm is a control freak. There's no way he didn't know.
All of the underlings are afraid to make a decision without his blessing.
He may have layers of "buffers", but he knew.

10/16/2015 06:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Solomon a graduate of some north suburban high school and RAhM never heard of him, bull farts.

10/16/2015 07:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Rahm is a control freak. There's no way he didn't know.
All of the underlings are afraid to make a decision without his blessing.
He may have layers of "buffers", but he knew.

10/16/2015 06:50:00 PM



10/17/2015 09:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter he didn't know. He should have known.

I happen to believe he did know.

This and the Pakistani Comptroller show Rahm is incompetent or just is the opposite end of a Daley turd.

That's not surprising to this Chicagoian.


10/17/2015 01:28:00 PM  

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