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Rahm has Plans for the CPS if he is Elected Mayor, Beginning with Transparency

Rahm has Plans for the CPS if he is Elected Mayor, Beginning with Transparency

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Mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel has proposed even further cuts in the CPS budget after the systems inspector questioned more than $800,000 in spending under the last two board presidents.

“City government should be in the business of delivering services for taxpayers — not serving as a cash cow for individual interests,” Emanuel said in a statement released by his campaign.

“There’s no excuse for frittering away $800,000 in taxpayer money, particularly in times like these. … We need to ensure that there are accountability measures that prevent this from ever reoccurring. Chicago Public Schools have a responsibility to use taxpayers funds as they are intended: for our children and classrooms.”

If he is elected mayor, Emanuel said he would create an “easy-to-search database” that would cover all CPS spending and it would be updated quarterly.


The questionable spending included: more than $12,000 spent on board holiday parties at Williams’ home; $92,900 worth of donations to not-for-profits on which Scott or a family member of Scott’s at some point “served as a member of the board of directors”; $5,333 for office art; $979 for a one-night stay by Williams in a New York City hotel; $6,080 in food and beverages at the Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field; a $1,734 limousine tab during a Washington D.C. trip and $1,978 spent on alcoholic beverages.