Law enforcement officials
Wednesday raided the offices of Cook County regional superintendent of
schools Charles Flowers, according to a report by ABC 7 Chicago.
Flowers has been accused of using county money for
personal vacations, rental cars and restaurant bills. He was the
subject in June of outrage from county board members who learned of the
accusations when auditors said they could not account for thousands of
dollars in spending in the office.
The audit said Flowers used his school district credit
card to pay for airline tickets and cash advances for himself and other
family members. Flowers said he repaid the money, but auditors said
they could not verify that.
Flowers' office borrowed $190,000 from the county to
help pay a nearly half-million-dollar deficit, but auditors said they
did not see how the loan could be repaid.
Law enforcement officials seized computers, hard drives and documents from the agency's Westchester office, ABC 7 reported.
Cook County Commissioners were due to consider
resolutions calling on Flowers to resign and asking the state to
abolish the office altogether.
Cook County prosecutors confirm Flowers is under investigation, but said he has not been charged.