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Daily Herald: July 2 Front Page Article- COD President Defends Push for State Grant Money

Daily HeraldBy Robert Sanchez
July 2, 2014

After the College of DuPage waited a dozen years for a promised state construction grant that never materialized, President Robert Breuder finally saw an opportunity to get the $20 million.

One week before Gov. Pat Quinn made a rare appearance at COD in May to speak during commencement ceremonies, Breuder sent an email to college trustees detailing his plan to publicly thank the governor for committing to release the grant money.

“When I introduce Governor Quinn at commencement, I want to help our cause (getting the $20 million released sooner rather than later) by thanking him for his commitment in front of 3,500 people,” Breuder wrote. “There are many voters in our district. Please keep November 4 in mind.”

There was just one problem: COD no longer had a construction project to link to the money.

Breuder’s solution to that problem is coming under fire from an Elmhurst-based government watchdog group.

For the Good of Illinois is accusing him of coming up with an “unplanned” classroom building proposal to help secure the $20 million.

In his email, Breuder told board members: “I needed to identify a project that would help release our state funding. My idea: a Teaching and Learning Center.”

“Dr. Breuder pressured the trustees to fast-track a $50 million building with a political strategy to benefit Governor Quinn,” said Adam Andrzejewski, chairman of the group.

Read the rest of the article at the Daily Herald: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140702/news/140709731/

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