Educational consultant Gary Solomon schemed with then-CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett to steer contracts to his business, but the feds snared them both.
U.S. District Judge John W. Darrah died Thursday at the age of 78.
It turns out Mayor Rahm Emanuel also has spoken to Shimkus about a replacement for former U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon, who stepped down last week.
Caryn Benson faces sentencing April 21, more than a year after she pleaded guilty to the embezzlement.
Feds filing more gun cases in Chicago, but few involve gun-trafficking, and prosecutions still lag behind other big cities, Sun-Times analysis finds.
“She knew that she was being watched, she knew it was wrong, and she did it anyway,” U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman said Thursday.