No Comment From Emanuel On Questions About Contracts

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not commenting directly on whether it is appropriate for faith-based groups that are backing his education agenda to get millions of dollars worth of city contracts.

As WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports, some of the organizations have received contracts to operate after school programs, others to make sure children get to and from school safely.

The Chicago Tribune reports all of the groups have come under scrutiny following complaints they paid people to testify in favor of Emanuel’s plans to lengthen the school day and close underperforming schools.

The Tribune says Mayor Emanuel was asked on Monday whether the contracts awarded to the companies amounted to patronage, and did not directly answer the question. He said the focus needed to be on fixing the city’s public education system.

But the mayor did say that the city Inspector General is going to look into the complaints.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports

  • E M R L

    Rahm is nothing but a bully trying to get his way the graft and corruption will never end until the citizens run every one of the fifty thiefs and Ali Rahmba right out office! I thought the city was broke but the aldermen get another 6% raise and the city workers gets days off without pay! Money to pay parents to takes their kids to and from school? Cut the city workers pensions they PAID for! All lies Rahm has shown how to intimindate and minipulate the press to make everybody but himself appear to be the bad guy!

  • bobh

    Politics as usual in Chicago and Crook county. We just need to fire them all. and start fresh with a 2 term max

  • THEE Yard Ape

    The Chicago Way.

  • Chivi

    Come on Rahm!!! Stop the BS!!!

  • non

    How the hell did he get to run for mayor to start with? Aren’t you suppose to be a resident of chicago for 3 years to be eligible? Correct me if I’m wrong, but for the past couple of years or so, he was living in Washington with Obama and his cronies

    • Jim

      He was serving at the Whitehouse, while maintaining a residence in Chicago. He was still a Chicago resident the same as someone serving in the military. This was all cleared up months ago.

  • Larry

    These seem like legitimate programs. I’m sure the contracts went to team players. Leave it to people to always try and find a conspiracy.

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