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Quinn Stands By Decision To Defund State’s Largest Charter School Operator

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Governor Pat Quinn is standing firm on his administration’s decision to cut off state money to the United Neighborhood Organization, the state’s largest charter school operator, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

Governor Quinn says UNO has built some impressive schools but if there are questions about how those schools were built he has to take action.

The Chicago Sun Times reported that millions of dollars in construction contracts went to companies owned by two brothers of former UNO executive Miguel d’Escoto.

“Well I have known the people there for some time. I knew the founders and I think over the years the organization had a good reputation and did a lot of good things but if there is something wrong now, we got to get to the bottom of it and straighten it out, that is really where we are coming from,” said Quinn.

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity faults UNO executives for failing to notify them about the possible conflicts.