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February 23, 2024

COD – US Bank – If not Pay to Play then what? – Part 8

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On March 29, 2015

DuPage Co. (ECWd) –

The College of DuPage entered into a no-bid contract with US Bank in 2012, the same year the DuPage Credit Union contract terminated for Branch Banking services on campus.

The president of US Bank just happens to be a COD Foundation Board member.  COD has taken the position that they are not required to request bids or RFP for services.   Has this been the case in COD history, or is this a new addition since Breuder came along?

Records obtained from COD reflect that in 2005 an RFP was sent out for Branch Banking Services on campus. (Click here for copy of RFP and associated documents)

  • What changed during the time frame DuPage Credit Union was awarded the contract in 2005 and its termination in 2012? 
  • Why did COD use an RFP in 2005 but not in 2012? 
  • Did the fact a Foundation Board member was the President of the US Bank Chicago branch have anything to do with it?

Two things changed since that RFP was issued.  Breuder was hired and the Foundation had a new member that just happen to be the President of US Bank Chicago branch.

Why there was no RFP when US Bank was awarded the no bid, no RFP contract is anyone’s guess but the appearance stinks.  Especially since shortly after, Breuder was appointed to the US Bank Advisory Board in direct violation of his employment contract.

Considering historically an RFP was used for the same services it makes a compelling argument that we have a Pay to Play situation.

I pray the voters in District 502 are paying attention!

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(Each number represents the sequential series leading up to this article – Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,)


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1 Comment
  • Kelly Tyler
    Posted at 19:33h, 29 March

    Are the people of Illinois so stupid they can’t see the corruption?? I love visiting the state but feel so dirty when hearing/reading this mess. What will it take to wake people up?….