Fri Feb 15, 2013, 03:22 AM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
Rahm-connected charter school exec quits after payments of state grant $$ to relatives exposed
The No. 2 executive of the United Neighborhood Organization quit Tuesday, eight days after the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the politically influential charter school operator paid state grant money to companies owned by two of his brothers. Miguel d’Escoto, who was UNO’s senior vice president of operations, resigned “by mutual agreement” in a letter submitted Tuesday evening, said the group’s CEO, Juan Rangel.
“Unfortunately, my being a member of UNO’s staff has become a distraction,” d’Escoto wrote. “I believe it is in the best interest of the organization and our community that I step down.”
“Rangel said UNO’s contracting process “followed the law. However, we want to avoid even the appearance of conflicts of interest,” said Rangel, who was a co-chairman of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2011 campaign.
D’Escoto was paid $200,000 a year by UNO and had worked for it for six years, public records show. He previously was a city transportation commissioner in the administration of former Mayor Richard M. Daley.
D’Escoto’s brothers were paid with state funds under a $98 million grant UNO got to build new schools...D’Escoto Inc. has been paid more than $1.5 million so far for working as “owner’s representative” on that project and on two other UNO schools...Rodrigo d’Escoto’s company was paid about $6.7 million for work... and has a contract for about $3.1 million to help build the new high school... UNO hired d’Escoto Inc. without seeking other bids...
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Rahm-connected charter school exec quits after payments of state grant $$ to relatives exposed (Original post)
|Fire Walk With Me||Feb 2013||#5|
Response to trublu992 (Reply #1)
Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:31 AM
LWolf (39,875 posts)
4. "Keep getting?"
Didn't Chicago voters VOTE him into office?
I would be pleased to see his political career crash and burn beyond recovery. Chicago voters could help with that.
Response to trublu992 (Reply #7)
Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:13 PM
LWolf (39,875 posts)
do local Democratic organizations actively look for better candidates, or support the status quo?
It sounds like they need to be hearing from more people, and getting more active.
Response to HiPointDem (Original post)
Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:32 AM
madfloridian (82,306 posts)
6. Recommended. Rangel says they follow the law?
"“Rangel said UNO’s contracting process “followed the law. However, we want to avoid even the appearance of conflicts of interest,” said Rangel, who was a co-chairman of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2011 campaign."