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Government

Ives requests audit of College of DuPage after president's severance total announced

Jeanne Ives is the Illinois state representative for District 42.
Jeanne Ives is the Illinois state representative for District 42.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, announced Friday in a news release that she will ask the Illinois Auditor General to audit the College of DuPage after the school announced a large buyout for its president.

Ives' announcement comes after the college made public that President Robert Breuder would retire March 31, 2016, three years before his contract was set to expire.

At a meeting Jan. 22, the Board of Trustees voted 6-1 to approve an amendment to Breuder's contract that would allow him to retire in 2016.

The contract includes severance pay totaling $762,867.77, which will be given to Breuder as a lump sum. Additionally, the school's Homeland Security Education Center will be named after him.

Breuder's contract originally ran through June 30, 2019.

Ives said she will request the Auditor General look at state money provided to the college from the 2011 to 2014 fiscal years.

“I was sickened to learn about the golden parachute deal that was offered to Dr. Breuder,” Ives said in the release.

The details of the buyout were not made public prior to the meeting, with trustees citing that it was a confidential personnel matter.

Ives said she intends to file legislation that would force public institutions to provide greater access to information about buyouts. She filed similar legislation last year that would require a contract be placed online at least 14 days prior to a vote.

"By forcing these deals to be published ahead of time, elected officials who are not acting in the taxpayers’ best interests can be held accountable before detrimental contracts are signed,” Ives said.

College spokesman Joe Moore said the school had not seen Ives' announcement and had no comment on it.

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