CHA Chief Resigns Amid Credit Card Controversy

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Housing Authority chief executive officer Lewis Jordan has submitted his resignation, in the wake of questions about his use of a government credit card.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bob Conway reports, Jordan submitted his resignation Tuesday. It will be effective at the end of the month.

Questions have mounted in recent weeks about Jordan’s use of CHA credit cards, which he said in a statement have overshadowed the work of the agency, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Bob Conway reports

He wrote in his resignation letter that the issue has been an impediment to his ability to steer a $1 billion organization, but added that his credit card use was consistent with CHA and federal policies, the Sun-Times reported.

Last week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel revoked city credit cards, after reports about officials in various agencies abusing them.

He also hired a firm to review the way the cards have been used for the past two years.

The mayor said he would wait for the results of the review, but he says the message to his department heads is that the culture of accountability is here.

Jordan was appointed by retired Mayor Richard M. Daley in December 2007. He had previously served as director for the Housing Authority of Cook County and executive director for the Rockford Housing Authority.

He is also a former resident of CHA housing, having lived in the Rockwell Gardens development until the age of 2.

  • johnw

    Those people cannot be trusted.

  • Gimme my handout

    Chicago Housing Authority is a $1 billion organization? That’s $1 billion of tax payer’s money allocated to free or discounted housing for the “you know who” types of folks!

    • NWA

      If you are trying to say that the “you know who” types of people are African-American then you are wrong. What about the elderly who receive CHA assistants? And, the single mothers of all races who receive assistants? The disabled receive help from the CHA. But, the one obvious mistake I do see is in how you were raised. You have a problem with people of color, poor people, the disabled and, the elderly.


      • Leroy Goldberg

        I see a BLACK man in that picture.

      • johnt

        Rewarding teenage girls with free housing for breeding illegitimate children is not a reasonalbe, rational, or sustainable government program.

  • Arelem

    Someone needs to teach the headline author how to spell “resign”.


    RUN, RUN, RUN…………………THEY STILL GONNA GET YA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pothead

    RAHMULUS !!!!!!! One down and many many more to follow.

  • tom sharp

    Why does he get to “resign” in stead of being thrown in jail for misuse of public funds???

    • Tammy

      Because that is the way our Illinois government works. A pat on the back, a pension, and another list of state “misappropriation of funds” swept under the rug.

      Until someone actually gets the nads to do something about it, it will be this way forever. Was he a relative of Strokers? :)

      One has to wonder how much money can be recovered if people were held accountable for their actions.

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