Friday, June 26, 2009

Flowers Has Not Paid His Rent!!!

The Daily Southtown has uncovered the fact that Flowers has not paid his office space rent. The regional schools boss currently under criminal investigation for misusing school money owes nearly $20,000 in back rent for educational office space, documents show.

Only once this year has Suburban Cook County Regional Office of Education - headed by Supt. Charles Flowers - paid rent to Westchester Public School District 92 1 / 2 , according to documents received from the district through a Freedom of Information Act request.

From July 2008 to June 2009, Flowers' office should have paid $41,150 for the space at 10110 Gladstone Street in Westchester, which is leased from the school district. It has only made good on $24,004. The regional office shares the building with MacNeal School, a private school affiliated with MacNeal Hospital that services special education students, which also rents from the district.

The more than $17,000 lapse in payment has former Regional Supt. Bob Ingraffia wondering if District 92 1 / 2 's school board will initiate eviction proceedings.

"Taxpayers don't like to see the district losing money," said Ingraffia, who lost his re-election bid to Flowers in 2006.

Board president Barbara Stanger declined to comment on whether the board was taking action to recoup the cash.

"I really don't want to comment on anything at this time that, I believe, is being investigated," Stanger said.

District 92 1 / 2 Supt. Jean Sophie was not in the office Thursday, but has previously refused to comment on anything relating to Flowers' office.

Flowers did not return multiple messages left for him.

During Ingraffia's tenure, the office typically paid rent in advance, which was usually one lump sump annually, he said.

"That was so we made sure we would have a roof over our head," Ingraffia said.

Flowers' rent schedule was more sporadic. Often, he would pay on a monthly basis. There were times, however, he would miss a payment ---like September and October 2007 - and would supplement with two payments the next month, documents reveal. Monthly rent for 2008 was $3,300 and $3,429 in 2009.

The SouthtownStar first reported last week that Flowers was the target of a Cook County state's attorney investigation. A two-month SouthtownStar investigation revealed Flowers padded the office payroll with friends and family, charged thousands of dollars in personal expenses and cash advances to his work credit card and more than doubled the office's debt to nearly $1 million dollars. A troubling state audit officially released earlier this month confirmed those findings.

Last year, the Cook County Board approved a $190,000 for Flowers' office. Commissioners have questioned his ability to repay the loan, which is due Tuesday.

Duaa Eldeib can be reached at or (708) 633-5960.


Anonymous said...

What an amazing story this character , Charles Flowers is.

This guy Flowers, with his allies ,Yarbrough,della Patterson,Peraica, Manzo, Jesse Martinez, Mazzulla,Theresa Kelly and McDermott, would try to acuse anyone who was against them as corrupt, but now we really know who there true criminals are,it's Flowers and his gang of clowns!
When reporters went to his office, Flowers was seen hiding below his desk and his sister told the media he was not there. What has happened to ,"Flowers the Reformer"?
The FBI and State investigators have been talking to all his employees and are soon to "strike the hammer" on dumby charlie Flowers head.
My take is that Flowers will be removed from office, his school degree is also being investigated, and he will lose his license.He will also be indicted and will spend time in jail!

Anonymous said...

Why is Ms Yarborough, the Democratic boss who is respnosible for Dr Flowers being slated and elected, not being held accountable for this mess?

Without her assistance, he's not our Regional Super.

It seems she's gotten a complete pass on this.

By now their should have been a "Come to Jesus" meeting between Yarborough and Flowers and "re-staffing" with affordable salaries with competent employees unrelated to Flowers should have occurred.

Apparently Ms Yarborough is getting the "Obama" treatment where she gets a pass for her horrendous decision and political mistakes.

Anonymous said...

This is ridiculous! I have been reading about this man in the paper for approximately 2 months now. I have seen him on the news for about a solid week straight. What is being done to this criminal who is cheating us out of our taxpayer dollars?

Anonymous said...

Very funny. I heard the same thing about how he was hiding by Ms. Della Patterson's desk. He is an arrogant punk. I can't wait until someone brings him down off of that high horse. He spends time interrogating the office tryin to see who has leaked this information when he needs to focus on the matters at hand. He's probably in Mississippi with his momma crying. Such an idiot. GREAT to see that Ingraffia has spoken out...I love it, I love it...

Anonymous said...

Now Peraica wants to whitewash his image, Or practice damage control by denouncing his erstwhile ally????????????. Should he run for County Board President and/or re-election as County Commisioner in 2010.............The issue will be lax ignored or overlooked.

Anonymous said...

Westchester School District 92 1/2 needs to get it's money from the ROE, get Flowers out of Westchester, take back the entire Britten School building so they can stop taking classroom space away from AMERICAN students just to give it to the illegal-immigrant ELL students. Hopefully, the new(ish) superintendent will see the light.