Who's Adrienne Hiegel (And Why's She Still Working At CPS)?

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The inspector general has some serious questions about how Ron Huberman supervised a contract when he was running the 911 unit -- and some even more serious allegations about his aide, Adrienne Hiegel, who currently works at the Board of Education. According to the Sun Times story:

The report accuses her of directing underlings to "work backwards to get to $2.25 million -- the cost of developing the Motorola software -- by using 18,000 radio parts to add up to" the same amount. Adrienne Hiegel, Huberman's top deputy at OEMC in 2005, was accused of "altering documents" and failing to follow the city's procurement procedures. If Hiegel still worked for the city -- instead of as a Huberman underling at the Board of Education -- she should be fired, the 38-page report states.

Hiegel's name hasn't come up much on this site -- the only mention I could find was a June comment from Retired Principal that listed her as the person in charge of writing the new job description for Chief Area Officer.  But This isn't the first time that Hiegel's name has come up during a controversy.  A 2000 Sun Times story names her as the person who allegedly violated the Shakman decree. So why's she at CPS and has she been suspended yet?

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  • THE MILLIONAIRE LIST? ... List of CPS employees budgeted to be paid more than the CEO's $230,000 annual salary according to the current CPS 'Position File' Budget

    http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=920#comments

    Did Huberman order CPS budget officials to bring out a budget that showed a massive 'deficit' just as he apparently ordered City Hall officials to prepare contracts with Motorola for goods and serves which have yet to be received, then let underlings take the blame?

    Has CEO Ron Huberman

  • Substance lists the names! The salaries are online here--even for those retired. The $$$ being spent by Huberman is out of control.
    Shame on him. Does daley and scott know about this? Scott is not dumb to not know this and not do something about this.
    http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=920§ion=Article

  • That list is obviously fake, no one at CPS makes 2 million dollars a year. If you add up all the numbers in that list it comes to something above 500 million dollars, there is no way Huberman could hide that in the CPS budget.

  • lets see, lets close our eyes and go back in the Wayback Machine. Oh what do we have here? a $475 million budget deficit!

    wow what a coincidence!

    March 11, 2009 (CHICAGO) (WLS) --
    The district is looking for ways to fill a $475 million budget deficit.
    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=6704760

    Staff cuts are likely and officials hinted that a property tax increase may be necessary.

    The schools will receive about $50 million dollars in federal stimulus money.

    That means school officials must find ways to fill the hole in its budget a budget that's being called the biggest in history.

    It's not going to be easy and its appears Chicago Public School officials and heads of the teachers union have different opinions of how to solve the impending crisis.

    While CPS officials blame skyrocketing cost of teacher pension contributions and a lack of state funding, the teachers union says its still simply a matter of not blaming teachers and continuing to put the education of children first.

    The outlook is bleak as Chicago Public School officials tell of a $475 million budget shortfall for next year that may require more cuts and even higher property taxes.

    "The district did not raise property taxes last year. I can say with some certainty if it happens that's where the money could come from," said Michael Scott, school board president.

    The state of Illinois already has its own budget deficit of nearly $9 billion and will not be able to provide more funding.

    Officials say the projected school budget deficit is the largest CPS has faced in recent history and is the result of a $30 million increase for health care costs and other benefits; $35 million in extra borrowing costs; along with $130 million dollars more for employee pension costs and another $145 million in rising teacher salaries.

    New schools CEO Ron Huberman says class size won't increase and core education programs won't be cut in order to balance next year's numbers.

    Right now, there is no plan for teacher lay-offs, but there could be other staff cuts.

    Huberman hopes for some sort of pension reform from lawmakers in Springfield to help to plug the budgetary hole.

    "When they talk about reforming the pension system, I'm not talking about the legislature writing a big check," said Ron Huberman, CPS CEO.

    Chicago Teachers Union officials don't believe contributions to their pension fund is breaking the back of the district. They question how CPS is managing its money -- especially when it comes to hiring consultants and what they call top heavy administrative departments.

    "When you ask to solve a problem by taking money away from people who are providing the lifeline to educational services I think you're being very short-sighted," Mary McGuire, Teachers union recording secretary.

    CPS officials plan to finalize the budget plan by June. It will then be presented to the school board in August.

    Chicago is not alone with its school budget problems. On Wednesday, more that 8,800 teachers and other employees of the Los Angeles, California school district will receive layoff notices for the next school year. That district has a budget deficit of nearly $718 million.

  • Huberman blamed the mistake on Adrienne Hiegel, his deputy in charge of overseeing Shakman-exempt hires. Hiegel did not return calls seeking comment. Huberman declined to name another employee who was working under Hiegel's direction and also has been excluded from any involvement in hiring.

    Chicago abuses hiring decree: Aides to Daley flout Shakman rule by putting 10 on staff By: Dan Mihalopoulos and Laurie Cohen, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Tribune (IL), Dec 16, 2005

  • more to come I found huberman's ties to this.

    stay tuned.

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