Nearly half of the 48 groups that got money
this past school year were running dubious programs, or declined to
show how they spent the money. About a dozen of the grants went to
established programs with a history of tutoring or mentoring school-age
children. All of the questionable projects share the same
sponsor: West Side Sen. Rickey Hendon (D-Chicago), who awarded many
grants to campaign workers and donors, the investigation found.
Murderer, drug felons found working in tutoring programs Chicago Tribune
Reginald Akkeem Berry, convicted of the 1988 murder of a Chicago man,
said he didn't know that he had violated the contract. Berry, paroled
in 2006, said he taught teens to renounce violence through his Saving
Our Sons Ministries.
West Side's king of grants Chicago Tribune
Rickey Hendon is an unabashed cheerleader for bringing home the political pork.
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