College of DuPage Update

Local lawmakers have taken steps in response to the over $762,000 severance package for College of DuPage President Robert Breuder.

State Representatives Ron Sandack, Peter Breen and Jeanne Ives joined together to announce proposed legislation to prevent future such deals.

They aim to limit severance packages and cut state funds for retirement deals.

Ives’ main focus is on transparency, filing a bill that requires all employee contracts with amounts greater than $150,000 to be made publicly available for 14 days and given a public hearing prior to approval.

“There’s been a lot of malfeasance done in terms of spending for the appropriate reasons with taxpayer dollars. I mean Dr. Breuder has been able to stay at their hotel there, he’s been able to eat freely at the Waterleaf Restaurant off taxpayer dime, we’ve been paying his hunt-club membership, all of this through the imprest funds, $95 million dollars have gone through the imprest funds in about a 2-year time frame. That’s a lot of money that was not looked at in depth by the board,” said Jeanne Ives, State Representative for District 42.

In addition, Ives has filed a resolution asking for an audit of any state funds going to the college of DuPage dating back to 2011.

Tom Glaser, COD’s Senior Vice President for Administration and Treasurer, has responded to that proposal by formally requesting that the Illinois Auditor General not wait for legislative approval and instead conduct an audit immediately, stating: “We pride ourselves in having a staff composed of competent individuals, that take care in being good stewards of the grant monies provided to the college by the state of Illinois.”

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