Rep. Ives Responds to New Revelation of Financial Mismanagement at College of DuPage

In response to today’s Chicago Tribune report, Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), who just last month sought to advance a package of legislation aimed squarely at a $750K severance buyout that left local taxpayers reeling, had this to say about the new revelations that College of DuPage administrators spent hundreds of thousands on taxpayer-funded outings at the high-end publicly-owned restaurant on the campus of the College of DuPage.

“This is just one more example of the type of malfeasance that has been going on at the College of DuPage for years. It is also an example of exactly why the COD trustees need to comply with the legislative request that the Illinois Auditor General be allowed to come in and do a thorough performance audit.”

“I applaud the work of the Edgar County Watchdog group, whose determination in unearthing ethical and financial issues at the College prompted the Chicago Tribune to expose this latest misuse of public funds. It is clear that the Board of Trustees at COD has lost sight of their primary mission, which is to provide an affordable community college option for area students.”

“These recent revelations of financial mismanagement at the College of DuPage are not only the fault of the Board. I believe the senior administrative staff is also complicit, in that they have failed to protect the taxpayers who fund the institution. They are partially responsible and need to be held accountable.”

Rep. Ives was interviewed today and asked to talk about the new findings. You can listen to that audio here.

The Chicago Tribune story can be found here.  

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