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Autopsy reveals that Michael Scott Chicago Board of Education president committed suicide

Michael Scott face saving suicide results are in...

Michael Scott face-saving suicide results are in...

The pressure of a public and political life, filled with all of its temptations has consumed and taken the life of yet another public servant, who was confronted with facing the scrutiny of an investigation.

It is not surprising to find out that a Chicago politician could be investigated for corruption, but the president of the troubled Chicago city school systems board of education explains the recent failures of Chicago inner city schools,as shown by the brutal murder of Derrion Albert as he was walking home from school.

Michael Scott was a longtime Chicago leader. In August, Scott said he’d been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury investigating allegations of politically influenced admissions to top schools.

From Chicago Breaking News comes this report…Scott  found himself in the spotlight this spring and summer when the Tribune published several stories related to his key role as a member of Daley’s Chicago 2016 Olympic committee and his real estate dealings.

In August, the Tribune reported that Scott was working on a development in Lawndale that would had have increased in value if Chicago had won the Olympics and built a planned cycling venue in nearby Douglas Park.

Although state records and his partners referred to him as the manager and developer of the project, Scott claimed he was involved as a favor to a group of politically connected ministers. He said he had no financial interest in the project. Although Chicago 2016 officials at first defended Scott, they subsequently acknowledged he should have disclosed his involvement in the project.

Scott also worked as a consultant on a large South Side condominium project very near the proposed Olympic Village site. He also had longstanding business relationship with developer Gerald Fogelson, who had expressed interest in building the village…

The body of Michael Scott was found on the bank of the river around 3 a.m. Monday morning near the city’s Merchandise Mart building after his family reported him missing the day before. Sources say a gun was recovered by the body. They also said that cops used Scott’s cell phone to locate the body and blue Cadillac.

Autopsy results show that the Chicago Board of Education president committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office released Michael Scott’s autopsy results Monday.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson arrived on the scene at about 7:30 a.m. local time Monday morning. “Everything is just so wrong,” Jackson said.  Jackson said he spoke to Scott last week, as the former Chicago Public School Board president continued to deal with the brutal death of a Chicago student.

Jackson said Scott did not display any signs of emotional trouble recently, Scott reportedly disappeared from his Chicago home Sunday.

No suicide note has been found.

Family members say they appreciate the outpouring of support and a memorial service will be announced soon.

“My wife and I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Michael Scott,” Cook County Board President Todd H. Stroger said in an e-mail statement released Monday.

Stroger called his friend of nearly 25 years a negotiator held in high esteem. “Mr. Scott was a strong advocate for education,” Stroger said in the e-mail. “His contributions to the minority communities of Cook County will be sorely missed.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the former chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools, issued a statement saying: “I am shocked and saddened by the sudden death of my friend and colleague Michael Scott. Michael cared passionately about public education and made many courageous decisions as president of the board.”

Mayor Daley was visibly shaken by the news and abruptly canceled a speaking engagement.He stated that he had no idea his close friend of more than 3o years was facing any kind of personal problems that would lead to this.

This will close the books on the corruption investigation, but it leaves a family without their father. None of this is worth it.

Follow the story by clicking on these links…

http://www.myfoxwausau.com/dpp/news/national/Report_Body_of_Chicago_School_Board_President_Found_in_River_53383296

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/11/man-found-dead-near-merchandise-mart-downtown.html

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2009/11/16/Chicago-education-leaders-death-a-suicide/UPI-17861258375466/

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