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By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

Founder and President of Probation Challenge, Inc. & The PCC Network


CHICAGO, IL – Wayne Watson, once Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago, now stands at the center of controversy as president of Chicago State University.

One of Watson’s many issues is that of stepping down from his $250.000 annual salary for a sabbatical. But there are some people that have long memories, and they view this matter as “reaping what was sown.”

During Watson’s tenure as Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago, he removed a respected education program – Probation Challenge – from Olive-Harvey College’s agenda. This program was a means to help ex-offenders through education and training, put them back on the right track and become contributing citizens. It was the first state educational court mandated program of its kind in the country which gave ex-offenders a choice – education or jail/prison.

After the death of the late Justice R. Eugene Pincham in April, 2008, the overseer of the noted and well-respected  program which had only a low 5% recidivism rate, Probation Challenge received a notice to vacate the building it had occupied on the Olive-Harvey College Campus for 27-years without a hint of scandal. By law, this was an illegal eviction.

The forced closing of the Illinois State Statue program caused youth to return to the streets and back to their past behavior of street crime.

Many city and state officials have noted that returning clients of the program to the streets, which were kept pretty much under wrap with Bailey’s program, is now noted as violence out of control. Youth lost hope and lacked Bailey’s parental leadership. Bailey was a father figure to many students and without him many would not have received grants and scholarships. These youth who many said could not and would not make it… were turned back into society as taxpayers and not tax burdens.

Probation Challenge has received accolades from around the world for its successful work with the many youth who were rejected by society.

City Colleges of Chicago for many years, under the auspices of Wayne Watson, caused hardship to the program’s founder the Rev. Harold E. Bailey, who during his 27-year stay on the Olive-Harvey College Campus – only received two-years of salary from the college administration. But Bailey, with a love for justice and his many clients, remained and survived by way of grants and money from his own savings.

After the program was ousted from the campus, an appeal was made to then Mayor Richard M. Daley, but he never responded to the request! Watson never gave a warning of his efforts to put the program’s clients back into the streets, but waited until the eve of Justice Pincham’s demise to serve notice.

Watson stated that the building was promised to a drug company. To this date, the building remains vacant.

Bailey said, “Watson has to answer to God for his stewardship in this matter, for these state-mandated youth were not mine, but God’s children”.

Bailey said that the youth have caused havoc on the city without any consideration from city officials.

Subsequently, Bailey sued City Colleges of Chicago for its continued use of his Probation Challenge name which was used for a year after he vacated the scene…he won the case.

Rev. Harold E. Bailey, founder and president of Probation Challenge, Inc. and The PCC Network: WWW.ProbationChallenge.org – The Truth Network.

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