Story by 89 WLS reporter Bill Cameron
It's a welcome piece of good news after the Hadiya Pendleton story.
Here at City Hall the aldermen paid tribute to Fermi Elementary first grade teacher Jennifer O'Connor. She refused to let one of her 5 year old students go home after school when she found him hoarding food in his desk to take home to his younger sister.
Their state-approved guardian grandmother is accused of feeding them cat food, and there are allegations of her biting and burning the children with a hair iron.
In the City Council, Alderman Ed Burke said this of O'Connor's courage to get them to a safe home, "She protected these two fragile youngsters when the system failed them."
The grandmother and two of her daughters are facing charges.
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