• Jean-Claude Brizard, the smartest CEO yet!

Good news: Mayor Emanuel’s staff at the public schools found $144 million in cuts and savings, which means they managed to balance the budget!

I know this ’cause I read it in the Tribune. And the Tribune knows it ’cause the mayor’s people told them. And if the mayor’s people said it—then it’s got to be true!

The Tribune doesn’t say exactly where CEO Jean-Claude Brizard found these cuts and savings. But my central office sources tell me his conversation with the mayor went a little like this.