Clout Causes a Kerfuffle in City Hall
By Kevin Robinson in News on Mar 30, 2010 2:00PM
Clout's so catchy, it's got it's own greatest hits album!
Boswell's name was also on a list of clouted names linked to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, that sought special favor to get children of connected Chicagoans into elite Chicago Public Schools, circumventing waiting lists. Daley's nephew Patrick Daley Thompson is also linked to that list, after he contacted CPS officials on behalf of a politically connected neighbor's daughters. The Mayor has said that it was "unacceptable" for Thompson to contact school officials, but he also said there was nothing wrong with it. Huh? "Again, the VIP list, there's a lot of frustration, and that's why (Chicago Board of Education President) Mary Richardson-Lowry is putting up a, creating a structure where people complain, 'I can't get my son or daughter into a school,' they can go right to a formal hearing," Daley said at a news conference."You need a process. And you have a process, anyone can call, anyone can go to a hearing and say 'I've been denied, I want to know why. Give me the reason why.'" Clearly that process is the same as the mayor's nephew interceding on your behalf.