WBEZ | resignation http://www.wbez.org/tags/resignation Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago Police Review Board Leader Resigns http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-police-review-board-leader-resigns-114064 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/5458307047_55e83427bb_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO&nbsp;(AP) &mdash; These are the latest developments in the case involving the 2014 killing of a black teenager by a white police officer who shot him 16 times (all times local).</p><div><p><strong>8:45 p.m.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en"><strong>BREAKING: As feds launch probe, head of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Chicago?src=hash">#Chicago</a> agency that investigates <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/police?src=hash">#police</a>-brutality claims writes: &quot;I&#39;m resigning with some regret.&quot;</strong></p><strong>&mdash; Chip Mitchell (@ChipMitchell1) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChipMitchell1/status/673698313204424704">December 7, 2015</a></strong></blockquote><strong><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></strong><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Chicago&nbsp;Mayor Rahm Emanuel&#39;s office says the head of the city&#39;s police review board has resigned and will be replaced with a former federal prosecutor, a move that comes amid protests over the fatal shooting of a black 17-year-old by a white police officer.</p><p>The mayor&#39;s office said in a press release Sunday night that Scott Ando, the chief administrator of the Independent Police Review Authority, had resigned effective immediately.</p><p>The statement says Sharon Fairly, general counsel and first deputy of the city&#39;s Office of the Inspector General, will take over Ando&#39;s role. Fairly previously served for eight years as an assistant U.S. attorney</p><p>The statement says &quot;new leadership is required as we rededicate ourselves to dramatically improving our system of police accountability and rebuilding trust in that process.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rahm?src=hash">#Rahm</a>: Ando cut case backlog at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Chicago?src=hash">#Chicago</a> agency that probes <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/police?src=hash">#police</a> shootings but more cop &quot;accountability&quot; needed. <a href="https://t.co/ZSogNX1jnb">pic.twitter.com/ZSogNX1jnb</a></p>&mdash; Chip Mitchell (@ChipMitchell1) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChipMitchell1/status/673705854076497920">December 7, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">1/3 Before resigning, Ando fired supervising investigator who found <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cops?src=hash">#cops</a> at fault in shootings, <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZ">@WBEZ</a> revealed: <a href="https://t.co/1XQmvRhlWc">https://t.co/1XQmvRhlWc</a></p>&mdash; Chip Mitchell (@ChipMitchell1) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChipMitchell1/status/673709946853175297">December 7, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">2/3 To train <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/police?src=hash">#police</a>-shooting investigators, Ando brought in psychologist who testifies for cops, <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZ">@WBEZ</a> revealed: <a href="https://t.co/FNIiHPKhgG">https://t.co/FNIiHPKhgG</a></p>&mdash; Chip Mitchell (@ChipMitchell1) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChipMitchell1/status/673709914330497025">December 7, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">3/3 Ando put other ex-<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DEA?src=hash">#DEA</a> agents into top posts at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Chicago?src=hash">#Chicago</a> agency that probes <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/police?src=hash">#police</a> brutality, <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZ">@WBEZ</a> revealed: <a href="https://t.co/c8J5qdN5OD">https://t.co/c8J5qdN5OD</a></p>&mdash; Chip Mitchell (@ChipMitchell1) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChipMitchell1/status/673709879446474752">December 7, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Fairly&#39;s appointment is among several changes implemented in&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;since Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times. Van Dyke was charged just hours before city officials released video of the incident.</p><p><strong>4 p.m.</strong></p><p>The U.S. Justice Department is expected to announce this week a civil rights investigation of the&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;Police Department similar to probes of police departments in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.</p><p>The decision to investigate was confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the decision who wasn&#39;t authorized to discuss the investigation publicly because it has not yet been announced. The person said an announcement is expected this week.</p><p>The investigation would come as the police force is under intense scrutiny since the recent release of a video showing white police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times.</p><p>Prosecutors have charged Van Dyke with first-degree murder in the 2014 shooting, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel forced Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy to resign.</p><p><strong>2:50 p.m.</strong></p><p>About 200 protesters are demonstrating in downtown&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;following the release of documents showing that police officers&#39; accounts of the 2014 killing of a black teen differed greatly from what was captured on dashcam video.</p><p>The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he hopes the sight of protesters holding a disciplined and non-violent march will prompt the city to &quot;dispense justice and fairness all across the city.&quot;</p><p>The protesters walking in the business district known as The Loop are counting to 16 to signify the number of times that Officer Jason Van Dyke shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. They also called for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign.</p><p>Police fought for months to keep the public from seeing the dashcam video but released it last month facing a court deadline and only hours after Van Dyke was charged with murder.</p><p><strong>11:45 a.m.</strong></p><p>The&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;Police Department&#39;s interim superintendent is warning officers they face discipline if they don&#39;t make sure both the video and the audio of their squad car dashboard cameras are working.</p><p>The department was harshly criticized when it reported that the audio was not functioning on the dashcam that recorded the October 2014 fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by officer Jason Van Dyke. Days later, the city released four more dashcam videos from other squad cars at the scene &mdash; none of which included audio.</p><p>Escalante told the&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;Tribune (<a href="http://trib.in/1NAsbLk">http://trib.in/1NAsbLk</a>&nbsp;) that he&#39;s sent inspectors to do random checks of dashcams. He says that when they&#39;ve found technical problems preventing them from working they are disciplining officers who did not report those problems to their supervisors.</p><p>Information from:&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com</p><p><strong>3 a.m.</strong></p><p>The Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to lead a march through downtown&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;in response to newly released police reports about last year&#39;s shooting of a black teenager 16 times by a white officer.</p><p>Jackson&#39;s Rainbow PUSH Coalition has called for a rally at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at State and Van Buren streets. Demonstrators will march to the Thompson Center.</p><p>Jackson says the newly released documents show police &quot;misrepresenting&quot; what happened the night of Laquan McDonald&#39;s death. Jackson has reiterated his call for &quot;a full, thorough investigation with subpoena power&quot; and says it&#39;s time to escalate the protests.</p><p>The city Friday released hundreds of pages of documents related to the October 2014 killing of McDonald by Jason Van Dyke, a white police officer. Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Sun, 06 Dec 2015 21:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-police-review-board-leader-resigns-114064 Mayor Emanuel Dismisses Police Chief in Wake of Video Release http://www.wbez.org/news/mayor-emanuel-dismisses-police-chief-wake-video-release-114018 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/rahmfiresmccarthy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO&nbsp;(AP) &mdash; Rahm Emanuel sought for months to keep the public from seeing a video that shows a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times. Now, a week after the video&#39;s release, the&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;mayor has fired the police superintendent, created a new task force for police accountability and expanded the use of body cameras.</p><div><p>But Emanuel&#39;s effort to keep the video secret and his long wait to take action at the police department has stirred deep skepticism among those protesting the teen&#39;s death. Many activists are especially incensed by the fact that the video first surfaced during a re-election campaign, when the mayor was seeking African-American votes.</p><p>&quot;In our community, everyone is saying it (the video) was not released because of the election,&#39; said Corey Brooks, a prominent black minister.</p><p>Had it emerged earlier, the video &quot;could have buried&quot; Emanuel&#39;s chances for re-election, Columbia Law School professor Bernard E. Harcourt wrote in a New York Times op-ed piece published Monday.</p><p>The mayor defended the decision to withhold the video from the public until the investigation was finished.</p><p>&quot;You don&#39;t compromise an ongoing investigation,&quot; he said. &quot;Yet it&#39;s clear you all want and the public deserves that information. They&#39;re two conflicting principles.&quot;</p><p>Asked by a reporter if Emanuel thought he would become a distraction himself and would consider resigning, the mayor responded, &quot;You&#39;ll make that judgment. I think I&#39;m doing my job. And I try to do it every day do it in a professional way.&quot;</p><p>Emanuel on Tuesday announced the dismissal of Garry McCarthy, who only days ago insisted to reporters that the mayor had his &quot;back.&quot;</p><p>The mayor praised McCarthy&#39;s leadership but called it an &quot;undeniable fact&quot; that the public&#39;s trust in the police had eroded.</p><p>&quot;Now is the time for fresh eyes and new leadership,&quot; Emanuel said.</p><p>Protesters have been calling for McCarthy&#39;s dismissal in response to the handling of the death of Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old who was killed in October 2014.</p><p>Some aldermen, particularly members of the city council&#39;s black caucus, have also been seeking McCarthy&#39;s resignation, citing the city&#39;s crime rate and questions about the department transparency.</p><p>The city released video of the shooting only after a judge ordered it to be made public. Last week&#39;s release set off several days of largely peaceful protests. On the same day, officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with murder.</p><p>&quot;Any case of excessive force or abuse of authority undermines the entire force and the trust we must build with every community in the city,&quot; the mayor said. Police officers are only effective &quot;if they are trusted by all Chicagoans, whoever they are and wherever they live in the city.&quot;</p><p>Emanuel introduced McCarthy as his pick to lead the department in May 2011, replacing former FBI agent Jody Weis, who was unpopular with many rank-and-file officers who claimed Weis did not stand behind them.</p><p>Alderman Howard Brookins Jr., a member of the black caucus, said he appreciated Emanuel&#39;s &quot;willingness to change course.&quot;</p><p>Chief of Detectives John Escalante will oversee the department until a permanent replacement is named, Emanuel said.</p><p>The mayor also announced the creation of a task force on police accountability that will help develop an early warning system allowing the department to intervene with problem officers racking up complaints from the public.</p><p>Van Dyke was the subject of 18 civilian complaints over 14 years, including allegations that he used racial epithets and excessive force. Complaints against police are not uncommon, but the number filed against Van Dyke was high compared with other officers.</p><p>Emanuel&#39;s office announced Sunday that the police department would expand its use of officer body cameras from a single district to roughly a third of&nbsp;Chicago.</p><p>Emanuel credited McCarthy with modernizing&nbsp;Chicago&#39;s&nbsp;police force, getting illegal guns off the streets and pushing a community policing strategy that the mayor said had reduced overall crime rates to a record low.</p><p>In particular, McCarthy was a constant preacher on the need for tougher punishments for gun offenses. He hammered on the fact that many murder suspects had prior gun convictions, which McCarthy argued should have kept them off the streets.</p><p>But the police chief came under pressure because of homicides that included high-profile cases such as the slaying of Hadiya Pendleton.</p><p>Pendleton, an honor student, became a national symbol of gun violence when she was gunned down in 2013 as she talked with friends just a mile from President Barack Obama&#39;s South Side home. She died just days after returning from the president&#39;s inauguration.</p><p>In New York City, McCarthy rose from patrolman to an executive position. He later became police director in Newark, New Jersey before coming to&nbsp;Chicago, where he promised he would &quot;have the cops&#39; backs.&quot;</p><p>The silent&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;video shows McDonald walking down the middle of a four-lane street. He appears to veer away from two officers as they emerge from a vehicle, drawing their guns. Van Dyke opens fire from close range and continues firing after McDonald crumples to the ground.</p><p>Police have said McDonald was carrying a knife, and an autopsy revealed that he had the hallucinogenic drug PCP in his system. Cook County State&#39;s Attorney Anita Alvarez has said the 3-inch blade recovered from the scene had been folded into the handle.</p><p>Defense attorney Dan Herbert has said the officer feared for his life, acted lawfully and that the video does not tell the whole story. Van Dyke was released from jail Monday after paying the required $150,000 of his $1.5 million bail.</p><p>Also Tuesday, relatives of another person fatally shot last year by&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;police stepped up their pleas to have the squad car video made public. Emanuel spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said the city was &quot;looking into&quot; releasing it.</p><p>Police have said 25-year-old Ronald Johnson III was fatally shot by an officer on Oct. 12, 2014. At the time, authorities said he pointed a gun at police.</p><p>His mother, Dorothy Holmes, has said he was running away from police. She and attorney Michael Oppenheimer have seen a copy of the video because of lawsuits they have filed.</p><p><em>Associated Press writers Caryn Rousseau, Jason Keyser and Sophia Tareen contributed to this report.</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/mayor-emanuel-dismisses-police-chief-wake-video-release-114018 Mizzou president resigns over handling of racial issues http://www.wbez.org/news/mizzou-president-resigns-over-handling-racial-issues-113703 <p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/University%20of%20Missouri%20President%20Tim%20Wolfe.jpg" title="University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe. (Jeff Roberson/AP)" /></p><p>The president of the University of Missouri System says he is resigning amid student criticism of his handling of racial issues.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="und"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NeverForget?src=hash">#NeverForget</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ConcernedStudent1950?src=hash">#ConcernedStudent1950</a> <a href="https://t.co/iq4zzFWTyS">pic.twitter.com/iq4zzFWTyS</a></p>&mdash; JB. (@_JonathanButler) <a href="https://twitter.com/_JonathanButler/status/663461444399341569">November 8, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Tim Wolfe says his resignation is effective immediately. The announcement came at a special meeting of the university system&rsquo;s governing body.</p><p>Black student groups<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/two-personal-statements-help-explain-situation-mizzou-113696" target="_blank"> have been complaining for months</a> about racial slurs and other offensive incidents on the system&rsquo;s overwhelmingly white flagship campus in Columbia.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">And here are the demands re: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ConcernedStudent1950?src=hash">#ConcernedStudent1950</a>. <a href="https://t.co/k7GXVL1DiA">pic.twitter.com/k7GXVL1DiA</a></p>&mdash; deray mckesson (@deray) <a href="https://twitter.com/deray/status/663418083189501953">November 8, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Their efforts got a boost over the weekend when 30 black football players announced they wouldn&rsquo;t participate in team activities until Wolfe was removed.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Here&#39;s how the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mizzou?src=hash">#Mizzou</a> protests grew on Twitter: <a href="https://t.co/ExDnrOEqEc">https://t.co/ExDnrOEqEc</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ConcernedStudent1950?src=hash">#ConcernedStudent1950</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MizzouHungerStrike?src=hash">#MizzouHungerStrike</a> <a href="https://t.co/DsveNr3d1n">pic.twitter.com/DsveNr3d1n</a></p>&mdash; Today in Blk (@todayinblk) <a href="https://twitter.com/todayinblk/status/663722029762387968">November 9, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://blackstudies.missouri.edu/faculty-staff/core-faculty.html" target="_blank">Stephanie Shonekan</a>, chair of the Department of Black Studies at the University of Missouri, and an associate professor of ethnomusicology joins our discussion.</p><p><em>The Associated Press contributed to this report.</em></p></p> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 12:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/mizzou-president-resigns-over-handling-racial-issues-113703 Arne Duncan stepping down as Education Secretary http://www.wbez.org/news/arne-duncan-stepping-down-education-secretary-113150 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/arneduncan.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res445267634" previewtitle="Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a letter to his staff that he will step down to spend more time with his family, who live in Chicago."><div data-crop-type="" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a letter to his staff that he will step down to spend more time with his family, who live in Chicago." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/10/02/gettyimages-466823057_wide-d3d4d0eb6e973c429fe8f15eb6ec37e187dd645a-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 338px; width: 600px;" title="Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a letter to his staff that he will step down to spend more time with his family, who live in Chicago. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)" /></div><div><p>&nbsp;</p></div></div><p><strong>Updated at 12:15 p.m. ET.</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Arne Duncan will step down as President Obama&#39;s education secretary in December, a White House official confirms to NPR.</p><p style="text-align: justify;">Obama has selected Deputy Education Secretary John B. King Jr. to replace Duncan. King is a former New York State education commissioner. (President Obama is making a personnel announcement at 3:30 p.m. ET.)</p><p style="text-align: justify;">King is 40 years old, and the White House says that would make him one of the youngest Cabinet members in American history. (Julian Castro, the current secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is 41.)</p><p style="text-align: justify;"><img alt="Before John King Jr., Duncan's expected replacement, came to the Department of Education, he was the New York state education commissioner. He was the first African-American and first Puerto Rican to serve in that post." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/10/02/ap_441648178176-24379611df7ad75326f4e89b2a5f54d4fe6d68f7-s300-c85.jpg" style="float: right; height: 240px; width: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="Before John King Jr., Duncan's expected replacement, came to the Department of Education, he was the New York state education commissioner. He was the first African-American and first Puerto Rican to serve in that post. (Mike Groll/AP)" /></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Duncan has been there since the beginning of Obama&#39;s tenure and is one of only a few members remaining from Obama&#39;s original Cabinet.</p><p style="text-align: justify;">He&#39;s come under fire at times from the right and left because of various initiatives, including Race to the Top, the Common Core educational standards and an embrace of charter schools &mdash; something that has rankled teachers unions.</p><p style="text-align: justify;">The irony of the controversies is that education was one area in which Republicans, early on in Obama&#39;s tenure, would say they agreed with him. They liked his reform agenda and Common Core originated with Republican governors like Louisiana&#39;s Bobby Jindal who have since backed away seeing an uproar from conservatives and even some teachers.</p><p style="text-align: justify;">Duncan is moving back to Chicago, where he said, in a farewell letter to colleagues, that he has been splitting time. Duncan is the former head of Chicago schools.</p><p style="text-align: justify;">In the letter, Duncan called the opportunity to serve as education secretary &quot;the greatest honor of my life.&quot; He endorsed King as his successor and included&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-king/education-the-difference_b_148855.html">this reflection</a>&nbsp;King wrote about his upbringing.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/10/02/445266796/arne-duncan-stepping-down-as-education-secretary" target="_blank"><em>via NPR&#39;s </em></a><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/10/02/445266796/arne-duncan-stepping-down-as-education-secretary" target="_blank">It&#39;s</a></em><a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/10/02/445266796/arne-duncan-stepping-down-as-education-secretary" target="_blank"><em> All Politics</em></a></p></p> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/arne-duncan-stepping-down-education-secretary-113150 US Congressman Aaron Schock resigns http://www.wbez.org/news/us-congressman-aaron-schock-resigns-111711 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Aaron Schock_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated May 18, 9:28 a.m.</em></p><p>WASHINGTON &mdash; Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock&#39;s fall was fast and hard even by Washington&#39;s unforgiving standards.</p><p>In his fourth term in Congress at a mere age 33, Schock was the rare media-savvy GOP millennial on Capitol Hill, attracting fans by the thousand on Instagram, posing bare-chested on the cover of Men&#39;s Health magazine, and leveraging his national profile to become a prodigious fundraiser for fellow Republicans.</p><p>Energetic and ambitious, Schock made it into the lower rungs of House leadership last summer as a senior deputy whip, and aspired to more.</p><p>But along the way Schock accepted rides on donors&#39; private planes without properly reporting the expenses, made improbably lucrative real estate deals with political supporters, and even spent $40,000 in taxpayer money to decorate his office in the style of PBS&#39; &quot;Downton Abbey&quot; &mdash; money he paid back after the expenditures came under question.</p><p>On Tuesday, with no warning to House leaders and only weeks since the drumbeat of bad news began in earnest, Schock abruptly announced that he would resign his seat in Congress effective March 31, leaving political life as dramatically as he&#39;d entered it as a 19-year-old write-in candidate for the Peoria School Board.</p><p>&quot;I do this with a heavy heart,&quot; Schock said in a statement. He said he had given his constituents his all, &quot;but the constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for myself.&quot;</p><p>Schock&#39;s announcement came a day after news broke that the Office of Congressional Ethics had begun contacting the congressman&#39;s associates in an apparent investigation. His departure would leave congressional investigators without jurisdiction but would not necessarily end the legal cloud over him, as the Office of Congressional Ethics could refer its findings to the Justice Department or to the Federal Election Commission.</p><p>Back home in Peoria, the news was a bitter letdown for supporters who&#39;d seen Schock as a different kind of politician in a state with a sordid history of political corruption.</p><p>&quot;He was that breath of fresh air that we all hoped for,&quot; said Beth Magenheimer, a Peoria mother of four. &quot;We have been really proud of him. So this has been a little hard to take.&quot;</p><p>A special election will be held within 120 days of the vacancy. GOP state Sen. Darin LaHood, considered a front-runner to replace Schock in the heavily Republican district, announced his candidacy Wednesday in Peoria. LaHood is the son of Ray LaHood, who served in Congress and later as President Barack Obama&#39;s transportation secretary. State Sen. Jason Barickman said he is considering running while state Sen. Bill Brady decided against pursuing the seat.</p><p>For Schock, a cascade of negative stories followed The Washington Post&#39;s report in February on the &quot;Downton Abbey&quot; redecoration &mdash; a revelation that he&#39;d dismissed by remarking to ABC News, &quot;Haters are gonna hate.&quot;</p><p>An AP examination of Schock&#39;s frequent flights around his central Illinois district found that he spent more than $40,000 from his House expenses for travel on planes owned by a group of donors. A separate AP story detailed how Schock has relied on several political donors for almost all of the Peoria-based real estate deals that have provided much of his personal wealth, estimated at about $1.4 million in 2013.</p><p>Even so, until last week, Schock thought he could weather the controversy and had turned to a team of communications strategists and lawyers to head off any more embarrassments.</p><p>But then the Chicago Sun-Times and Politico began questioning discrepancies between mileage reimbursements that Schock was paid and the number of miles on his SUV when he sold it. The gap suggested Schock was billing taxpayers and his campaign for miles that were never driven.</p><p>Schock and his advisers realized they had a situation that could not be called an error or misunderstanding, according to a Schock adviser who demanded anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. It proved to be the deciding factor pushing Schock to leave Congress. On Tuesday a spokesman said Schock had repaid all mileage expenses incurred since he joined Congress, &quot;out of an abundance of caution.&quot;</p><p><em>Associated Press writers Jack Gillum, Matthew Daly, Philip Elliott, Alan Fram and Donna Cassata in Washington and Kerry Lester in Springfield, Illinois, contributed to this report.</em></p></p> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/us-congressman-aaron-schock-resigns-111711 Black and white and read all over http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-26/black-and-white-and-read-all-over-95836 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-26/timothy_douglas.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When I interviewed Timothy Douglas about his decision to resign as Artistic Director of Remy Bumppo, he said a series of gracious things about divergent artistic visions. These remarks were barely distinguishable from the equally gracious comments made by his successor Nick Sandys. So what is there to write about?</p><blockquote><p>There’s this: When, at the end of the interview, I asked Douglas what else I should have asked him, this is what he said:<br> <br> "Well, the question is bound to be, ‘Did this have anything to do with race?’ And yes, that was a part of the dynamic. There was no overt issue about that, but there are hard conversations to be had around race. As Artistic Director of the company, I found the daily conversation difficult. The profession remains primarily white, and though we talked initially about universality, when specifics come in, my approach as a black American male is going to be different from others’, and challenging to others. But if I’m not leading [from that perspective] a part of who I am is lost. . . &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> <br> “It’s remarkable that Chicago, a major city, should find the conversation [around race] so difficult. But it’s an American conundrum, and an issue too big to fundamentally address at a company the size of Remy Bumppo. It took too much time from my leadership. "</p></blockquote><p>Sandys' perspective was different. "We hiired him because he was the best director. His being an African-American wasn’t relevant."<br> <br> How is it that two smart, educated, capable and good-willed people can experience a situation so differently? I guess that must be what's known as "diversity," and it turns out to be less anodyne than we might hope. &nbsp;<br> <br> <img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-26/timothy_douglas.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 166px; height: 251px;" title="">Anthropologists and sociologists have long observed that the issue of race is more salient in American culture to non-whites than to whites, because whiteness is the default position, what's expected, what passes without notice. The person in the minority is going to be aware of issues in a way majority-group members aren’t. Douglas himself said, “I understood where they were coming from, but how would they understand me?” This means not that the playing field isn't level but that the players aren't even in the same game, and the more race is ignored the less likely it is that the obstacles it presents can be removed. And thus Remy Bumppo's experience suggests that we have a long way to go before non-white artistic directors are able to operate in white companies without punching through a thicket of cultural assumptions of which most of their colleagues aren't even aware.<br> <br> There was a time in my childhood (and probably in yours, too) when it was thought hilarious to stop a car in the middle of a block, have everyone jump out and run around it, and then jump back in and take off. When I referred to this process by its 1960s moniker “the Chinese fire drill,” a friend of Chinese descent laughed and asked, “Don't you mean a culturally-specific fire drill?”<br> <br> The point? That transcending racial differences takes more than good faith and euphemisms. And that until we’re able to summon that “more”–which must include first an acknowledgment that those differences in culture, experience and expectations still exist–we’ll all just be running around in circles.</p><p><em>Read Jonathan Abarbanel's take on the Douglas resignation <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-25/douglas-resignation-lessons-be-learned-95780">here</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-26/black-and-white-and-read-all-over-95836 Weiner Resigns House Seat Over 'Personal Mistakes' http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-16/weiner-resigns-house-seat-over-personal-mistakes-87949 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//npr_story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-16/weiner.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), who has seen his political career crater over the past two weeks due to an extramarital sexting scandal and his lies about he did, has resigned from Congress.</p><p> We used this post to live-blog as he announced that decision. Be sure to hit your "refresh" button to get our latest updates.</p><p> <b>Update at 2:56 p.m. ET.</b> More from the statement:</p><p> We just listened to the audio of Weiner's remarks (and we'll add that audio to this post as soon as we can).</p><p> <b>To recap:</b></p><p> — He again apologized "for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused." And he apologized in particular to his wife, Huma Abedin.</p><p> — "The distraction that I have created," Weiner said, has made remaining in Congress "impossible. ... So today, I am announcing my resignation."</p><p> It was that moment when a male heckler shouted "bye, bye pervert!" The man would disrupt the congressman's four-minute statement several more times.</p><p> — Weiner added that he needs to leave Congress "so my colleagues can get back to work, my neighbors can choose a new representative ... and most importantly, so that my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage I have caused."</p><p> — Perhaps leaving open the possibility of a return to public life, he said he would be "looking for other ways to contribute my talents."</p><p> <b>Update at 2:34 p.m. ET:</b> The man who was heckling Weiner — and it sounded like he shouted several lewd questions — was eventually removed by police, CNN's reporter in the room says.</p><p> <b>Update at 2:33 p.m. ET:</b> New York's Daily News says the "scandal-scarred" congressman "finally agreed to step down after consulting the woman he betrayed - his wife, a top source said Thursday."</p><p> <b>Update at 2:25 p.m. ET:</b> Weiner said more than once that among those he apologizes to is his wife. As he concludes his statement, Weiner says she has stood by him and he owes her "very much."</p><p> As for his future, Weiner says "I'll be looking for other ways to contribute my talents."</p><p> <b>Update at 2:24 p.m. ET:</b> There's more shouting from the crowd, some of it lewd.</p><p> <b>Update at 2:23 p.m. ET:</b> He makes it official. Weiner resigns. There's shouting in the audience by some who want to disrupt — presumably not journalists.</p><p> <b>Update at 2:23 p.m. ET:</b> "I have never forgotten my neighbors because they represent the same middle class story as mine," Weiner says. And he's here today, he adds, to apologize.</p><p> <b>Update at 2:22 p.m. ET:</b> Weiner is at the microphone. "There is no higher honor in a democracy than being sent by your neighbors" to represent them in Congress, he says.</p><p> <b>Update at 2:03 p.m. ET:</b> Weiner admitted on June 6 that he had been lying. Before he got to the microphone at his news conference to confess, though, conservative activist Andrew Breitbart took questions from reporters. It was Breitbart's BigGovernment.com website that first posted the lewd photo that started Weiner's fall from grace.</p><p> This time, though, Breitbart won't be on hand. He just tweeted that he's "Going on @FoxNews via phone from Minneaplis Airport."</p><p> <b>Update at 1:58 p.m. ET:</b> The cable news networks just showed video of Weiner walking to his car — through a scrum of reporters. He's said to now be headed to the news conference.</p><p></p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 12:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-16/weiner-resigns-house-seat-over-personal-mistakes-87949 Rep. Weiner to resign today http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-16/rep-weiner-resign-today-87937 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//npr_story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-16/weiner15.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) plans to resign from Congress today.</p><p>The news broke a short time ago when <em>The New York Times</em> sent out an alert that Weiner <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na" target="_blank">"has told friends that he plans to resign his seat</a>." It cited "a person told of Mr. Weiner's plans" as its source.</p><p>CNN followed with confirmation from its own sources. And The Associated Press reports it has been told by sources that "Weiner is telling associates he will resign." <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/anthony-weiner-resign-congress-amid-pressure-democrats/story?id=13855468" target="_blank">ABC News says</a> it has been told that Weiner informed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of his decision last night.</p><p>[<strong>Update at 10:50 a.m. ET:</strong> House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just told reporters gathered for her regular weekly news conference that she would not be taking any questions about Weiner. "My understanding is that later in the day he will be having a press conference," she said, "and after that I will have a statement available." <a href="http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/06/pelosi-turns-up-volume-on-weiner-to-resign.html" target="_blank">She said on Monday</a> that it was in Weiner's best interest "to leave Congress."]</p><p>[<strong>Update at 10:25 a.m. ET:</strong> NPR's David Welna reports he has confirmed that Weiner told Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) last night that he intends to resign today. An announcement is expected this afternoon in New York City, around 2 p.m. ET.]</p><p><strong>Our original post resumes:</strong></p><p>Weiner's once-bright political career imploded after a lewd "crotch shot" photo he sent to a college coed via Twitter was posted online over Memorial Day weekend. The image, a waist-high close-up of an obviously aroused man in his briefs, first appeared on the <a href="http://biggovernment.com/" target="_blank">BigGovernment.com</a> website of conservative activist Andrew Breitbart.</p><p>Weiner, 46, and married less than a year, initially claimed <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/05/31/136815457/rep-weiner-seeks-advice-about-legal-action-over-lewd-twitpic" target="_blank">that his Twitter account had been hacked</a>.</p><p>In subsequent days he insisted he had not sent the photo, but also conceded that <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/06/01/136864390/weiner-denies-sending-lewd-photo" target="_blank">he could not say with "certitude"</a> that the image was not of him.</p><p>Reporters kept digging — and during one now infamous exchange Weiner called a CNN correspondent a "jackass" for pressing him on the story.</p><p>Then more photos, of a shirtless Weiner, appeared.</p><p></p><p>On June 6, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/07/137010140/rep-weiner-admits-lying-sending-lewd-photo-inappropriate-conversations" target="_blank">he confessed</a>, saying he had lied about not sending the photo. He admitted to having "inappropriate conversations" over social media and on the phone with "six women over the last three years."</p><p>But Weiner, in his seventh term, said he would not step down from office. He had done nothing illegal and had not misused government property, the congressman claimed.</p><p>Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader in the House, called for an ethics investigation. Other members started to push Weiner to leave office. As more photos surfaced and some of the women who he had exchanges with started to talk, the pressure built. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/08/137068386/new-york-times-anthony-weiners-wife-is-pregnant" target="_blank">It was reported</a> that Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, is pregnant.</p><p>The congressman did not change his mind — but did request, and was given, a leave of absence from the House to seek treatment of some nature.</p><p>Then Monday night, President Obama was <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/14/137169563/video-obama-adds-to-pressure-on-rep-weiner-to-resign" target="_blank">seen on the </a><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/14/137169563/video-obama-adds-to-pressure-on-rep-weiner-to-resign" target="_blank">NBC Nightly News</a> </em>saying that "obviously what he did was highly inappropriate. ... I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign."</p><p>Coming from the leader Weiner's party and the leader of the nation, it was a powerful message.</p><p>Wednesday, Abedin returned to Washington from an overseas trip with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (for whom the congressman's wife has worked for many years). Speculation built that with the pressure from the leaders of his party and the return of his wife, Weiner would give in and resign his seat.</p><p>Now, according to reports, the congressman has decided to do just that. </p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 09:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-16/rep-weiner-resign-today-87937