• New Trier

Looking for clues as to how Mayor Emanuel runs the school system, I go to Friday’s Evanston-New Trier basketball game.

I know that sounds like a strange place to get insights on public education in Chicago, but many of our educational policy makers hail from the greater New Trier community.

Tim Cawley, the chief operating officer for CPS, lives in Winnetka. Todd Connor, one of CPS’ highest-paid officials, is a New Trier grad. And, of course, Mayor Emanuel’s also a proud New Trier graduate.

In fact, there are so many CPS officials from New Trier that they can’t sit together at a Trevian basketball game without violating the Illinois Open Meetings Act.

Rimshot….