Senator Asks For Delay in Gery Chico's Confirmation - KMSP-TV

Senator Asks For Delay in Gery Chico's Confirmation


An Illinois state senator is asking for a delay in confirming Gery Chico to head the state school board so he can ask questions about a not-for-profit organization.

Chico, the former Chicago School Board president, is Gov. Pat Quinn's choice to lead the State Board of Education. It's an unpaid post so Chico is not required to appear before the committee.

But Republican Sen. Tim Bivins of Dixon said Wednesday he wants to question Chico about the Save-A-Life Foundation. It got money from the Chicago schools but critics now question its claims about training children in emergency response.

The Senate met Wednesday but isn't scheduled to convene again until fall.

Chico will serve on the Board of Education while awaiting confirmation.

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