I’d like to personally thank the charter school empire known as UNO for providing one glimmer of humor in an otherwise grim week of murder, guns, and school closings.

The fun began last Wednesday, when Alderman Danny Solis told the Sun-Times that he was “disappointed” to read in the paper that UNO had doled out contracts to companies owned by the brothers of its number two executive.

“Solis said he was unaware of [UNO’s] contracting practices before the newspaper’s report,” said the Sun-Times in a follow-up.

The laughable part is Solis’s claim that he had to read the paper to learn that UNO had awarded contracts to the brothers of Miguel d’Escoto, its chief operating officer, who resigned last Tuesday.

For those of you who don’t know . . .