I-TEAM Update: State Audit Rips Questionable Spending At College

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Springfield – A newly released state audit shows there was lax oversight of construction, improper purchasing and mishandling of taxpayer dollars at the state’s largest community college, the College of DuPage.

The audit report is more than 200 pages long.  It was requested by the Illinois General Assembly after stories of questionable spending at the school by taxpayer watchdogs and media reports including a WAND I-TEAM report in 2015.

The audit says a $763,000 severance package for former college president Dr. Robert Breuder outstripped ones offered to other top college administrators in Illinois, although the payment was not illegal.  Breuder was eventually terminated and the severance package was not paid. 

“College of DuPage could not provide documentation to show the board was evaluating the President’s performance annually, as is required by board policy,” according to the audit.

The audit went on to question the boards investment activity.  “The college could not provide documentation to show that the college was annually reviewing its investments as required by board policy,” it stated.

Top administrators came under fire in 2015 regarding the schools Waterleaf restaurant.  Those administrators appeared to have turned the restaurant into a watering hole for high-dollar meals and alcohol consumption.  The restaurant was closed.  It has been reopened to be more of a teaching facility for culinary students. 

We have provided the full audit on this page.

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