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TOGETHER, WE MADE A DIFFERENCE!
We exposed a College of DuPage (COD) strategy to fast track a $50 million building funded by a $20 million state grant and political support to Gov. Quinn.
Read COD President’s email to Board of Trustees.
The grant was stopped.
READ TODAY’S CHICAGO TRIBUNE EDITORIAL
MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014
“USE IT OR LOSE IT”
College of DuPage email exposes the chase for tax dollars
READ FRONT PAGE DAILY HERALD ARTICLES:
WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2014: COD President Defends Funds Try
Watchdog Group calls it a Political Power Play
THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014: Quinn To Withhold COD Grant
‘Tactics used in President’s email’ prompt Governor NO
Both articles by Daily Herald reporter Robert Sanchez
On June 26th, I gave public comment at the College of DuPage Board of Trustees meeting and brought to light a political play for a $20 million state construction grant. Read our press release here.
COD Board Chairwoman Erin Birt was untroubled by our allegations. Instead, Birt led her trustees to aggressively push forward Dr. Breuder’s unplanned $50 million building. Only one trustee, Kathy Hamilton battled the project- read her story here.
Calling the political strategy “extremely alarming,” Gov Quinn pulled the plug on the $20,000,000 grant.
So, what happens next?
COD must come clean. Dr. Breuder is violating the Freedom of Information Act and is still refusing to produce his email attachments regarding the negotiations of Governor Quinn’s introduction, commencement address, follow-up remarks, and more.
Here is what COD Chairwoman Erin Birt must answer:
- After this fiasco, does Dr. Robert Breuder have the fitness to continuing serving as COD President? Read Breuder’s employment contracts worth nearly $500,000 in annual compensation.
- Shouldn’t Erin Birt resign after staunchly backing the President’s failed and embarrassing political strategy for state grants?
Can Chairwoman Birt exert board oversight to protect students and taxpayers or is she just rubber stamp support for a continued pattern of troubled dealings at the College of DuPage?
This story has only just started to unfold… please stay tuned.
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