CHICAGO - In May, the head of the state's largest charter school network Juan Rangel stepped down from several non-paid voluntary positions. But with more pressure this week, Juan Rangel, of the United Neighborhood Organization Schools network, resigned as CEO.
The network came under scrutiny eariler this year when a Chicago newspaper revealed Rangel had three family members on the payroll and another school board official's brothers had obtained a multi-million construction job building schools for the network.
UNO, a system that caters to Latino youth, received $98 million from Illinois taxpayers to expand the system from one school to 16, all within Chicago.
Rangel has close ties to politicians including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose 2011 campaign Rangel co-chaired, Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th) and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), who sponsored a $98 million state school-construction grant to UNO in 2009 that has fueled its rapid growth as a charter-school operator.