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CHICAGO (WBBM) – Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel says he’s keeping the team that Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed to run the City Colleges of Chicago.

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Rahm Emanuel says City Colleges Chancellor Cheryl Hyman—herself a product of the City Colleges system—will stay on. So will Board of Trustees chairman Martin Carbrera Jr. and Trustee Everett Rand.

The Mayor-elect acknowledges this shows he likes the way Hyman and her team have been trying to remake the troubled community college system.

Emanuel says he is 100 percent behind the current administration’s ongoing efforts to reverse the dropout rate and the lagging enrollment at the community colleges, and to improve the curriculum for the students.

Emanuel is also appointing some new trustees, including Vice-chair Ellen Alberding, Attorney Larry Rogers Senior and former Governors State University President Paula Wolff.

Last month, a controversy erupted at the City Colleges, which drew union representatives to take an informal “no confidence” vote against Hyman.

Faculty members were angry about spending at the district office. According to board documents, new hires total $3.63 million in funding and consultants’ contracts total $2.2 million.

A Chicago media firm had gotten $500,000 for marketing and branding the campaign to “Reinvent the City Colleges” and another $54,000 for helping Hyman — who Mayor Daley recruited from ComEd — to write and publish her vision for the future of the City Colleges of Chicago.

But City College officials said they have increased the number of advisors, tutors and mentors. They also claimed to have cut the budget by $30 million, which was puzzling given that budget documents showed a $50 million spending increase over last year.

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