Under orders from then-Chancellor Wayne Watson, the PBS television
station at City Colleges of Chicago used its budget to produce free
videos of powerful politicians and friends of the chancellor, an
internal college e-mail shows.
The political programs, dating between 2002 and 2006, spawned a
state ethics investigation and figure into a new federal lawsuit that
alleges the publicly funded WYCC television station violated the terms
of its government grant funding and broke federal tax rules for
When the station’s former manager complained about the political projects, she was fired, according to the lawsuit.
The political programs showcased golf events, a fundraiser and a
“State Senate California Trip” in connection with then-State Senate
President Emil Jones. Then-Ald. Todd Stroger and civil rights leader
Jesse Jackson, among others, also were featured in programs.
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