Chicago Public Schools spends millions of dollars on outside legal fees to politically connected law firms while laying off nearly 850 employees after closing 28 schools last week with more to follow...
According to FOIAs issued by Corruption Busters to CPS,
over $2 Million was spent in just 8 months from October 2012 to May 2013.
Here is an illustration of the typical sole source award of monies without scope, definition or disclosure of how many attorneys will be working on the engagement. Not mentioned in this engagement is the typical hourly rate for outside counsel at $295 per hour. But the rub is, there are usually 2 or 3 attorneys assigned to the work so the effective hourly rate is $900! If CPS used in-house counsel, the hourly rate would be $40.
This is certainly continue abuse of taxpayer funds. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is now proposing a property tax increase to cover the deficit created by patronage workers awarding monies to Friends and Family.
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