“Reform at College of DuPage is just a beginning…”
Daily Herald | April 16, 2015
Read my editorial please click here
College of DuPage Under Federal Investigation
By Jodi Cohen & Stacy St. Clair
Chicago Tribune | April 16, 2015
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Breaking news in today’s Chicago Tribune, federal law enforcement recently issued two subpoenas at College of DuPage (COD). Two wide-ranging subpoenas asked for documents and records relating to administrator perks, foundation- vendor relationships, and college enrollment calculations.
This is just the latest development in the oversight investigation that we kicked off back in May, 2014. Please read summary here.
In today’s Daily Herald, my editorial – COD’s Reform Movement Just the Beginning – I recap our eleven month oversight investigation and advocate three important reforms:
- Aggressive financial transparency – from the top of the appropriation into the subcontractor level. Expose all the spending to sunlight.
- Adversarial forensic audits – root out and squeeze out the corruption.
- Prosecution of wrong-doing – but a 45 Day Forgiveness period for whistleblowers. You’re safe if you blow the whistle. After 45 Days, the record is codified for investigation.
- Stop insider feeding at the COD piggy-bank. ‘Reverse auction’ goods and services to qualified bidders transparently, online and bid down the costs of procurement. No more no-bid contracts to insiders.
Working hand-in-hand with Vice Chairman Kathy Hamilton and the noted Edgar County Watchdogs, we’ve had a lot of success. Together, we stopped payment on a $20 million corrupted state grant; discovered and exposed $100 million in hidden “Imprest” spending payments since 2009; froze property taxes; and froze student tuition.
Kathy Hamilton recruited the ‘Clean Slate’ candidates.The three-candidate slate swept into the new majority two weeks ago in the election. Congratulations!
Our reform movement starts with COD, but is just a beginning. Grab on and start asking questions of your local unit of government.
Start your search at OpenTheBooks.com and download our free mobile app here.
(And stay tuned on COD – our best work still has yet to publish.)
For the Good of Illinois
Founder & Chairman, For The Good of Illinois
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