July 24, 2009 --
The embattled head of the suburban cook county regional office of education is trying to stop efforts to have his professional certificates revoked.On July 10, Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office served Charles Flowers with notice that it planned to pull his certificates. His office was raided on July 1.
A state audit found his office was $1 million in debt and that office money was used to buy plane tickets for family members, among other improprieties.
On Thursday, he appealed to the Illinois State Board of Education.
Without the certificates, Flowers cannot continue to serve as the regional superintendent.