Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Supes Academy and CPS Scandal Are More Than An Embarrassment or a Criminal Conspiracy - It Is A Clarion Call For An Elected School Board. The Chicago Public School (CPS) System Can No Longer Be The Corrupt Political Appointment Apparatus It Has Become.
However, let's not delude ourselves either because the City of Chicago has a long history of political corruption and elections by themselves won't guarantee that what former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Supes Academy Co-Owners Gary Soloman and Thomas Vranas did won't happen again. And that is regardless of what the attorney for Soloman and Vranas said "about this being some sort of "errors in judgement" being made or that there was a value in what they provided to CPS.
That is just pure B.S. so far as I can tell.
As a matter of fact the only errors in judgement made by Gary Soloman, Thomas Vranas and/or Barbara Byrd-Bennett was that they were arrogant enough to think they wouldn't be caught given the long trail of damning emails that were left behind!
So lets be very clear here - the only reason these co-conspirators are cooperating with Federal Authorities is to lessen their sentences and fines!
But make no mistakes here, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Gary Soloman and Thomas Vranas have had a relationship that goes way beyond the Chicago Public Schools and it is my hope that the Feds take a very long and hard look into ALL of their business dealings. And so far as I am concerned the notion that the victims received something of value, as stated by the attorney representing Supes, well that should be taken with a very, very tiny grain of salt.
Especially given that sweet email exchange between Barbara Bennett-Byrd and Gary Soloman in which she allegedly "I have tuition to pay and casinos to visit." This, of course, was all designed to enrich the co-conspirators and leave the children attending CPS institutions and its' Taxpayers high and dry!
These type of people are incredibly corrupt and any deals to lighten their crimes would be an insult to law-abiding citizens!
And anyone thinking that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel should not be held unaccountable better think twice about that as Barbara Byrd-Bennett was HIS PERSONAL CHOICE when he maneuvered for the the resignation of Jean-Claude Brizard. Now I was no fan of Brizard either but that was because I had the time to do my homework on him. Which Rahm Emanuel evidently did not do with either CEO.
So Mister Mayor - please don't stand there making any pithy statements of how disappointed you are for this latest betrayal of trust. The betrayal began when appointments were not properly vetted by you or your administration.
Matter of fact, vetting doesn't seem to be a priority given the fact that your Chief of Police Garry McCarthy was allowed to promote Constantine G. “Dean” Andrews to Chicago Chief of Detectives after this man created a fictitious witness statement that helped prevent Richard "RJ" Vanecko, former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew, from initially being charged with the killing David Koschman.
But that's another story I wrote extensively about isn't it Mister Mayor?
In the meantime, I remain completely baffled as to how Chicago Residents and Voters can remain as content as they are living in a city that (a) is infected by corrupt politicians and political appointments sucking them dry while also knowing they have (b) a Police Department and a Cook County States Attorney's Office that literally picks and chooses which laws they will obey or uphold despite their sacred oaths to Serve and Protect All Citizens of Chicago.
You know, I keep saying that you get what you pay for but how do you justify that when looking into your children's eyes when their future opportunities are being tampered with? Are you going to keep accepting the Status Quo or will you demand change?
As usual, this is just one man's opinion but I hope you will consider what's been said today.
However, if you need more in-depth information on the latest scandal, here are a few good places to begin:
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