Daley calls audit of After School Matters 'insult'

October 10, 2011 3:31:38 PM PDT
Former Mayor Richard Daley calls an audit into contributions made to the After Schools Matter program "a personal insult to my wife."

Maggie Daley created the program.

A report released last week by Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson found that over a 10 year period, After School Matters received $915,000 from companies that benefitted from Chicago's TIF program. That raised questions about whether anyone was pressured to make the donations.

"My wife has been involved with After School Matters since 1989. No one, no one talked to anyone. Disgraceful thing to do. But you accept that in public life," said Daley.

During an appearance on ABC7's Newsviews, Ferguson said the report was about the process for designating who received the money, not Mrs. Daley or After School Matters.