College of DuPage President Offers Quinn Election Votes for $20 Million State Grant

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.

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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.

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Comments

  1. That statement alone should put this College President in prison for life and if Quinn responds to this Pay for Play offer than he too will end his days in prison. It is time to restructure and reform this entire corrupt Public Sector and prosecute its members and put them into a Penal Colony on the South Pole. The crimes against the Constitution and the citizens of this nation just keep on coming from these criminals..

  2. sharonhansen209 says:

    What a crooked college president and a crooked governor as well. Think I’ll share this with one of his opponents and my state senator and my state representative.

    • Lennie Jarratt says:

      Share away. The president and the Trustees who approved this should all resign.

      • Danni Smith says:

        Gasping-the state of this State is a crumbling edifice-I crave the morality that exists in many places beyond the borders of Illinois. I rejoice in the knowledge that all the givers are abandoning Illinois, leaving to takers to take from each other. Bankruptcy is no longer a looming prospect-it’s here. Good luck collecting your $400,000. pension, breuder-it ain’t comin’ from me. That this is someone who has major influence on the education of youth is beyond disgusting. Tar and feather them all.

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