COLLEGE OF DUPAGE
Delivering Political Support for $20 Million?
–A Governors Commencement Invitation – Repeated Political Pressure Applied to Trustees
-A Fast Tracked & Unplanned $50 Million Building
– Political Support for Governor Quinn -$20 Million in State Construction Grants
READ FOR THE GOOD OF ILLINOIS PRESS RELEASE
“I needed to identify a project that would help release our state funding… however, not being able to say how we would use the state money (perhaps no real need) could lessen our chances to break the money loose at this time (the political moon is rising).
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. There are many voters in our District.
Please keep November 4 in mind.”
Dr. Robert Breuder, College of DuPage President
exerpts from strategy email to Board of Trustees, May 9, 2014
READ ENTIRE EMAIL HERE
Exposing the College of DuPage Political Way
Watch my public comment at College of DuPage
Thursday, June 26, 2014
MAKING UP A $50 MILLION BUILDING:
The College of DuPage has spent $550 million since 2009 on campus construction, but it’s not enough… Dr. Breuder wants to spend $50 million more on an unplanned project funded with a $20 million grant from Governor Quinn. Just last month, the project didn’t exist…
From Dr. Breuder to Trustees, May 7, 2014 email:
Question for you: If Governor Quinn gives us $20 million, how do you propose we use it? We have taken care of our Homeland Security needs and the temporary buildings are gone. Would building a 22nd century Teaching and Learning Center (need a better name) not be a good thing given our emphasis on teaching and it can also be serve as an attractive announcement for the Governor? We need to think ahead in order to help make good things happen, like getting our $20 million.
What’s the Price Tag? The project was fast tracked so quickly that Trustee Kim Savage questioned whether the building was a $50 million building or a $83 million building.
State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) questioned Dr. Breuder and received a brazen confirmation of the political strategy: “It means just like anything else in the State of Illinois, money gets released under different sets of circumstances. You are in the business and you know how it is played.”
COVER UP BEGINS – COLLEGE VIOLATES FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
The College refuses to produce Dr. Breuder’s email attachments. What’s in the attachments? All communications between the governor’s office and Breuder regarding introduction, formal remarks and post speech comments. Despite repeated attempts, COD has been unresponsive.
TRUSTEES APPROVE BUILDING, 5-1 VOTE
The only trustee to battle the project during discussion and vote against it was Kathy Hamilton.
IT’S YOUR MOVE, GOVERNOR
If Governor Quinn delivers the $20 million construction grant, then it’s a closed loop political play-for- $20 million in pay scandal. Stay tuned.
Founder & Chairman, For The Good of Illinois
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