Durbin Wrote to Chicago HS for staffer's Child

A letter written by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is getting attention as Chicago's school system undergoes an investigation of the use of clout in high school admissions.

Durbin's office says the Illinois Democrat wrote a letter of recommendation for the daughter of one of his staff members in March. The girl was trying to get admitted to one of the city's elite schools, Jones College Prep.

Durbin's letter comes as a federal grand jury and Chicago Public Schools are looking into whether clout has played a role in admitting students to the city's top schools.

Durbin's letter doesn't appear to violate any policies. In it, he says he's known the girl for six years and that he's convinced she'd do well at the academically challenging school.

The girl was admitted to the school.


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