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Cash-Strapped Chicago District Spent Millions on Pizza, Subs

Chicago Public Schools spent millions of dollars to bring in food and beverages from area restaurants and catering companies, including more than $500,000 since July, and now the district says it crafted new guidelines because “no clear rules” were in place.

On Wednesday, CPS acknowledged it spent roughly $2.9 million on “food from outside vendors” during the budget year that ended June 30. Nearly half was spent by the district’s central office bureaucracy. And lackluster record-keeping meant more than a third of the money couldn’t be properly accounted for, the district said.