Chicago school official gets prison term for taking bribes

April 12, 2007
Operations manager steered school business to politically connected contractor.

A former Chicago Public Schools operations manager who pleaded guilty last year to taking bribes has been sentenced to 20 months in prison. James Picardi pleaded guilty to taking $1,000 a week to steer fencing and snow-removal work to a politically connected contractor. Prosecutors say Picardi pocketed more than $110,000.

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