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Southtown Star, January 15, 2009

Regional schools chief Charles Flowers, charged with theft for allegedly misusing public money, was released from custody today after posting $100,000 bond. Flowers’ bail was set by Cook County Judge Paula Dalel during a hearing at the Maywood courthouse. Flowers is good man who has spent his career caring for the children of Cook County, Flowers’ attorney Tim Grace said at a court hearing. The Cook County state’s attorney’s office arrested Flowers Thursday and charged him with felony theft, official misconduct and misapplication of funds. Grace said Flowers has repaid the cash advances and personal credit card purchases – including those for fine dining, a hair salon and trips to Mississippi for Flowers’ sons – all made on the regional office’s card. “The (office) has always been incredibly underfunded,” Grace said. “He has taken steps to get (it) back in the black.”