| by Michael Graham

In 2015, Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett resigned from her position when she began to be embroiled in the bribery and contract-steering scandal in which she was accused of abusing her position for her own financial gain and the gain of her former employer.

Byrd-Bennett pleaded guilty to a scheme in which the owners of SUPES Academy, Gary Solomon and Thomas Vranas, would set aside 10 percent of the $20.5 million no-bid contract awarded to SUPES as a kickback for Byrd-Bennett’s role in helping them secure the contract.

Today Byrd-Bennett is being sentenced in federal court for her guilty plea in the bribe scheme. Important information regarding this case includes: