For the Good of Illinois has broken a bombshell story where the President of the College of DuPage offers Quinn votes in the upcoming election if Quinn will give him $20 million in construction grants.
“I needed to identify a project that would help release our state funding. My idea: a Teaching and Learning Center. Several Board members want to weigh in on the need for such a facility. I have no problem with that; however, not being able to say how we would use the state’s money (perhaps no real need) could lessen our chances to break the money loose at this time (the political moon is rising).”
“When I introduce Governor Quinn at commencement, I want to help our cause (getting the $20 million released sooner rather than later) by thanking him for his commitment in front of 3,500 people. There are many voters in our District. Please keep November 4 in mind.”
“Bottom line: I need some room to breathe on this matter so I can enhance the likelihood
we get the $20 million, soon.”
Dr. Robert Breuder, President of College of DuPage excerpts from email to Board of Trustees May 9, 2014
As you can see, the money isn’t even needed. Dr. Breuder is asking the board for permission to just make up a project to get the money. In addition Breuder is going to make the commencement speech a political event for Gov. Quinn’s re-election.
You can watch Gov Pat Quinn’s speech from Friday May 16, 2014 and his introduction by Dr. Breuder starting at 59:26. We now know why Breuder heaped 3 minutes of praise on Quinn.
UPDATE: So what do the Trustees think of this pay to play plan? They approved the new building on June 26th. Calls for comment have not been returned.
The Board of Trustees approved committing $30 million for construction of the Teaching and Learning Center, to be supplemented by $20 million in capital funding expected from the state.