State restores funding for charter school operator

Published: Sunday, June 9, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration has restored taxpayer funding for the state’s largest charter school operator, saying it has addressed concerns about nepotism and conflicts of interest.

Chicago’s United Neighborhood Organization is the recipient of a $98 million state school-construction grant. But Quinn cut off funding after the Chicago Sun-Times reported in April that $8.5 million had gone to companies owned by relatives of a top UNO executive.

On Saturday the newspaper reported UNO will receive the next $6.2 million installment of its grant.

Sandra Jones is a spokeswoman for the state agency that oversees the grant. She said UNO has “taken several steps to change the way it operates” and will be closely monitored.

UNO CEO Juan Rangel apologized last month. He also introduced a new board of directors.

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index

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