DuPage Co – (ECWd) –
We have been exposing illegal actions by Breuder and his administration for months and we are overwhelmed with appreciation for the Chicago Tribune’s coverage on those matters today. Thank you Chicago Tribune!
“Robert Breuder, and his top administrators have expensed about $190,000 in food and alcohol at the campus’ upscale restaurant, Waterleaf, over the past three years.” (Click here for their coverage -may require subscription)
Their coverage validates the very exposure we have been sharing for months. The print edition is reported to be coming out on the Front Page of the Sunday edition.
Upon sharing the article with State Representative Dwight Kay his response was priceless: “Good story. Lot of people may be facing jail time should the facts published be true.”
We know the facts are true as we have ran numerous articles on the very same matter.
If there were ever a time for law enforcement and the State’s Attorney to step up to the plate (no pun intended) and prosecute I think this is it.
Misapplication of funds is clear and violation of that law and constitutes a felony. (Click here for that coverage only days ago)
If this recent coverage from the Chicago Tribune does not wake up prosecutors nothing will.
The “dinners before meetings” violate the Open Meetings Act if ANY public business was discussed at those dinners with the Trustees.
The Trustees who ate accepted and ate the dinners, paid for by COD taxpayers, violated the Illinois Public Community College Act each and every time that accepted the dinners. Section 3-7 (e) specifically states that Trustees shall serve without compensation. We know of only one Trustee who reimbursed the college when this was brought to their attention:
<span style="font-family: Courier New; font-size: small;">(e) Members of the board <span style="text-decoration: underline;">shall serve without compensation</span> but shall be reimbursed for their reasonable expenses incurred in connection with their service as members. <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Compensation, for purposes of this Section, means any salary or other benefits <strong>not expressly authorized by this Act</strong> to be provided or paid to, for or on behalf of members of the board.</span> The board of each community college district may adopt a policy providing for the issuance of bank credit cards, for use by any board member who requests the same in writing and agrees to use the card only for the reasonable expenses which he or she incurs in connection with his or her service as a board member. Expenses charged to such credit cards shall be accounted for separately and shall be submitted to the chief financial officer of the district for review prior to being reported to the board at its next regular meeting.</span>