- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge has set a date for a defendant in a Chicago Public Schools kickbacks case to change his plea.

Thomas Vranas and a co-defendant are accused of arranging to pay the then-head of CPS $2.3 million in exchange for her steering $23 million in no-bid contracts to their company, SUPES Academy.

A notice posted Wednesday by Judge Edmond Chang says prosecutors and defense attorneys asked for a date for Vranas to change his plea. It’s set for April 12.

Vranas and co-defendant Gary Solomon both pleaded not guilty in October. Their lawyers have previously said they’re speaking to prosecutors about plea deals.

Barbara Byrd-Bennett resigned as CPS head in June after word spread of an investigation. She pleaded guilty in October to fraud and is awaiting sentencing.

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