According to Sun-Times ed reporter Roz Rossi:
School Board members Wednesday unanimously approved plans to place 12 mostly new schools into 11 half-occupied or closed buildings — a proposal that drew an even larger crowd than last month’s vote on school closings. Once again, spectators blasted the board’s public hearing process.Board members continued to thumb their nose at the crowd by reportedly not letting any community members ask questions and then by voting to double their own monthly receipt-free expense allowances, to $24,000 a year for board members and $36,000 a year for the board president. Why the need for such an enlarged slush fund, especially in the midst of this crisis and budget cuts? Here's Daley's hand-picked board members. You figure it out:
- Roxanne Ward is Vice President and Corporate Liaison of Ariel Investments.
- Norman R. Bobins is Chairman Emeritus of LaSalle Bank Corporation.
- Tariq Butt, a wealthy doctor.
- Peggy Davis, V.P. at Exelon Corp.
- Alberto A. Carrero, Jr. Senior Vice President at Banco Popular.
- Clair Munana, international consultant
- Board President Michael Scott, a west-side real estate developer