Story by 89 WLS Reporter Bill Cameron
(CHICAGO) Two lawsuits backed by the teachers union have been filed in federal court to try to block the mayor from closing more than 50 schools. The lawyer behind the suits is claiming the mayor has the money to keep them open.
Not enough money to keep them open, is the argument to close more than 50 schools.
Tom Geoghegan, the lawyer suing in federal court, says the city’s got the money to keep them open.
“The city of Chicago makes all of the financial decisions of the board of education. And the board of education is essentially a poodle of the city of Chicago which is sitting on big piles of cash including [tax increment financing] funds and could easily make the accommodation that these are needed to keep these schools open.”
Those TIF funds are the millions taken from schools and given to developers.
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