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DuPage state's attorney's office looks into College of DuPage spending: reports

Prosecutors at the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office recently issued a pair of subpoenas for the the financial records of the embattled College of DuPage and its fundraising arm, according in media reports, which cited anonymous sources.

The documents were issued in the past several weeks as the college has been bombarded with allegations of lavish spending and reimbursements, an overly generous buyout for President Robert Breuder and concerns about contracts given out to members of the College of DuPage Foundation board.

The subpoena against the foundation has since been withdrawn, according to media reports, but the second against the college remains. According to an anonymous source speaking to the Daily Herald, the state's attorney's office does not believe there to be any criminal wrongdoing at the school.

Earlier this month when addressing the claims against the foundation, Executive Director Catherine Brod said the accusations were unwarranted, untrue and misguided.

"The volunteers who serve on the board of the College of DuPage Foundation are respected leaders in our community who have agreed to act as goodwill ambassadors for our school while performing vital fundraising for our students' scholarships and programs," she wrote in a statement March 19.

Foundation board members who have contracts with the college had all been doing work for the college before their time on the board, she said.

On March 11, college board Chairman Erin Birt sent a memo to the board of trustees saying the board would review the relationships between the foundation board members and the college.

Birt also said the board would review all travel and dining expenditure policies as well as the college's and board's processes for procuring services.

Illinois lawmakers have also pushed the school to pay for a state-run financial audit, though the school has not agreed yet.

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