Chicago schools' director resigns amid scandal

Louise Esaian is reported to have received improper gifts, voilating district policy.

March 28—Louise Esaian, the Chicago Public Schools food services director accused of accepting improper gifts from district food vendors, has resigned, CPS officials said Wednesday.

The Chicago school board had been set to decide Esaian's fate in a closed-door disciplinary hearing following Wednesday's meeting.

Esaian and two members of her staff were accused earlier this month in an inspector general's report of accepting perhaps thousands of dollars in improper gifts, including NFL tickets and dinners at upscale Chicago restaurants, from the district's two largest food vendors, Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality and Preferred Meal Systems.

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