Since news of the indictment became front page fodder for all Chicago Political Commentary News Junkies Barbara to absorb, Byrd-Bennett Now Has A Rare Opportunity To Blow The Doors Wide Open for them and expose how Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City That Works Really Works.
And believe it or not, I am saying this in the most kindest of ways because the woman who is at the heart of the latest CPS scandal is the only one seemingly willing to "fully cooperate with authorities" whereas the other co-conspirators don't or won't.
So let's call an ace an ace shall we Barbara Byrd-Bennett?
I believe that any key insider to a crime must divulge "true and meaningful information in exchange for a lighter sentence." In other words everything is conditional on nailing the other sleazebags involved in this conspiracy. And let's face it - this doesn't appear to be the first rodeo for Gary Soloman and/or Thomas Vranas.
And I really don't care what the attorney's for Soloman and/or Vranas have to say about "value or something tangible being given the school system" because no amount of dog-wagging or story spinning will change the fact that I believe their contracts were obtained criminally.
A crime has been committed by way of a conspiracy. And in my book a heinous one at that because their scheme directly impacted our most precious and valuable resource - the children of the Chicago Public School System. People should not forget either that that scheme more likely than not had something to do with the decision to close 50 Schools.
Schools in areas that deserve and require an equal and level playing field!
Naturally, this sort of maneuvering by the Board of Education isn't anything new when it comes to blighted areas of the city. They are always the first one's to be stripped of vital resources and that goes back for as long as I can remember. Still it is plain wrong!
So Barbara Byrd-Bennett do you have enough courage to tell us all how exactly this age-old game is played or will you be silly enough to protect those who tempted you and your greed in the first place? I mean that is what you want people to ultimately believe about you isn't it? That it was Gary Soloman (whose own murky past) and his partner Tom Vranas who put you up to this?
Again this plea deal or whatever the Federal Authorities are offering you in exchange for your spilling the beans must be conditional on you swearing to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help you God!
I think most people understand that no one really walks into a position of power without the help of others - especially when it comes to political positions and appointments. It is what it is - still some agreements and arrangements go well beyond the pale.
Especially since there must have been some juicy opportunities for Barbara Byrd-Bennett to avail herself of given that Gary Soloman and Tom Vranas owns and operates three north suburban educational firms - SUPES Academy, Synesi and an educator search firm called PROACT Search. And it would seem, at least in my own mind, that Gary Soloman knew this as he advocated for her hiring at CPS.
You know, the more I read about this, the more sleazy it seems to get. And I have to tell you - that this is exactly the sort of corruption that I abhor.
We are talking millions upon millions of dollars and when you add up all the "job opportunities" between Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Gary Soloman in Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago well I suspect there is more than meets the eye between the co-conspirators.
What I don't understand, though, is how Barbara Byrd-Bennett would even consider working with or even shielding Gary Soloman given that he allegedly referred to African-American people as “mooks, shines, burrheads, yard apes, porch monkeys,” and several other racially offensive terms.
If what the Chicago Sun-Times Article that I read that in is true then I have to wonder exactly how Barbara Byrd-Bennett feels her relationship with Gary Soloman was based on? And believe me, I hate bringing up racism because as much as I abhor political corruption I abhor racism even more.
It also raises the question as what sort of business do Gary Soloman and Thomas Vranas operate? Is any of it built on Educational Ideals or is it really what it seems to be - a Big Fast Money Mill?
UPDATE: BARBARA BYRD-BENNET PLEADS GUILTY COMPLETE DETAILS IN CHICAGO TRIBUNE
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