CPS scandal. Solomon, Byrd-Bennett, Swanson, Brizard, Vitale, Emanuel, Zopp, Vallas. Mums the word.


“I don’t know nothin’ about that.”

There is more on the CPS SUPES scandal in today’s Trib.

There is more connecting the dots.

And the dots take the scandal closer to the fifth floor.

But nobody is talking.

Asked whether Solomon had connections to Swanson, the mayor said, “I’m not going to talk about it, given that there are questions.”


The mayor’s office and CPS have to date not fulfilled the Tribune’s requests for emails to or from the Emanuel administration that are related to the controversy.


Brizard said he doesn’t recall being involved in a no-bid contract at CPS.


Since those initial statements, however, Vitale has declined to comment further.


Byrd-Bennett also has declined to answer Tribune questions.


“I’d really rather not talk about it,” said Andrea Zopp, a school board member and former prosecutor who last week announced her bid for the 2016 Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. “There’s a lot in the public record on this already.”


Solomon confirmed through a spokesman that he played a role in Emanuel’s selection of Brizard but has declined to answer further questions.


Vallas, who later returned to the Chicago area and unsuccessfully ran for Illinois lieutenant governor last year, said he and Solomon stopped working together in 2010. Vallas declined to explain why.

So, that should clear things up.

9 thoughts on “CPS scandal. Solomon, Byrd-Bennett, Swanson, Brizard, Vitale, Emanuel, Zopp, Vallas. Mums the word.


    Because of the obvious deeply seeded corruption of this and the former administration is why I believe that Chicago wouldn’t dare to declare bankrupcy. Once an oversite manager gets into the records it will be obvious that there are many bodies buried which will ultimately bury them.

  2. So nobody is talking, surprise surprise. They don’t talk when there is good news. Most are in the dark anyway.

  3. Fred,

    I just saw this on the AFSCME web site.

    MAY 21, 2015
    Pensions for Cook County employees under attack
    Call state lawmakers now – tell them to OPPOSE SB 843
    Tell your representative you oppose President Preckwinkle’s plan
    to cut County pension benefits!
    Call toll-free: 888-912-5959

    Despite a Supreme Court ruling indicating ironclad constitutional protections for public employee pension benefits, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle is once again pushing a plan in the General Assembly that would make steep cuts to the retirement benefits of most County employees.

    The legislation, SB 843, was approved by the House Pension Committee on Wednesday and could go before the full House soon. It incorporates many of the same pension reductions the Preckwinkle administration has pushed in previous legislative sessions, including:

    Reduction in the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). The current 3% compounded would be reduced to the higher of 2% or ½ CPI, compounded.
    COLA would be delayed by one year for new retirees.
    COLA would be suspended if the funding ratio falls to 59%.
    Higher retirement age.
    Reduction in the funding formula (service multiplier) from 2.4 to 2.3 for all years going forward.
    Service multiplier is reduced to 2.2 if funding ratio falls to 59%.
    Final Average Salary (FAS) would be based on highest consecutive 8 years instead of 4 years.
    Employee contributions would increase by 1% in 2015 and an additional 1% in 2016.
    AFSCME was successful in blocking this measure last year because of the grassroots pressure that union members brought to bear. That same kind of grassroots lobbying effort is now needed again. Make sure you call your state representative immediately to let him or her know that you oppose President Preckwinkle’s plan to cut County pension benefits.

    Remind your legislators about labor’s recent state Supreme Court victory, in which the justices unanimously ruled that public employee pension benefits are protected by the Illinois constitution.

    Call your state representative today to urge him or her to oppose SB 843 – you can use the toll-free AFSCME legislative hotline by calling 888-912-5959.

    – See more at: http://www.afscme31.org/news/pensions-for-cook-county-employees-under-attack#sthash.TVmjagJm.dpuf

  4. You’d think that Emanuel, CPS, the school board, etc. telling the Trib. to go [___] itself would make the Trib. think twice about cheerleading for all of the above. You’d think wrongly, though.

  5. It’s time to bring back “tar and feathering” that will get these crooks to tell the truth…maybe!!!

  6. “I’d really rather not talk about it.”
    And I just love it how Zopp has the gall to run for public office.
    Of course, she’ll be the darling of the 1%, her campaign fueled by $$$$.

  7. “the mayor said, ‘I’m not going to talk about it, given that there are questions.’ ”

    Wow. Rahm’s channeling Richie. Next, he’ll be complaining about being scrutined.

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