Friday, May 12, 2017

Deep Corruption: Illinois high school district under investigation for kickbacks

Dixmoor, Thornton Township
I call what happens in Illinois "Deep Corruption" because graft is so pervasive in the Prairie State. It's much more than felon governors such as George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich.

From the Chicago Tribune:
Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation into south suburban Thornton Township High School District 205 and possible kickbacks tied to technology purchases, the Tribune has learned.

The investigation focuses on the relationship between the district and a suburban-based technology company that sold it $4.5 million in technology equipment since 2009, including hundreds of computers, monitors and printers, attorneys involved with the probe said.

In addition to probing potential kickbacks on those purchases, federal officials also are investigating whether the district received all the equipment it purchased from Comcapital Inc., the company's attorney said. The business, based in Alsip, recently announced it is closing.

A federal grand jury subpoena, served on the school district in January and obtained by the Tribune through the Freedom of Information Act, requested all records related to Comcapital, including contracts, invoices, payment records and correspondence. It also requested similar information from any other company used by the district for technology purchases or support, and records related to the school board's authorization of such purchases and an inventory of them.
Remember, those taxes that go to school districts are "for the kids."

Thornton Township is part of Illinois' Corruption Corridor.

From my post at Da Tech Guy:

Chicago's Southland: The rottenest apple in the corrupt Illinois orchard

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