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December 6, 2022

COD – Pass the shovel, the hole is not deep enough! It was the previous law firm, don’t blame us!

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On March 29, 2015

DuPage Co. (ECWd) –

Please pass the shovel, the hole is not deep enough!

In pure amazement, COD has now issued not only a comment to the Chicago Tribune, but a written statement according to the Daily Herald regarding the contract used for the hiring of a business owned by a Foundation Board member.

The crux of the issue is that the Foundation Board member who signed the contract is signing not one, but two contracts that report her company to be the Architect, which she is not.

  • Chicago Tribune quote “An architecture contract was used, the school said, because “the college was advised that it could be effectively applied to several services, including graphic design.”

First question, advised by who?  I have no problem using boiler plate contracts as many people do that.  The difference here is they failed to not only enforce key elements in the contract, they reported certain proposals were included “for the avoidance of any doubt” yet have been unable to produce those very proposal. You would think if the real goal was to “avoid any doubt” they would produce those records.

  • From the Daily Herald “COD issued a written statement saying the forms Herricane signed with the college in 2012 “are the result of a prior law firm providing boilerplate contract language for many of the school’s core construction documents.”

Wait a minute?

They told the Chicago Tribune “the college was advised that it could be effectively applied to several services, including graphic design.”   Now it appears they are distancing themselves from that position and casting blame on the previous law firm.

For the sake of discussion, let us say it was the previous law firm’s doing.  Does this not point once again to a failure of internal controls at COD?

I’m sorry your honor, the contract we signed was created by a previous law firm so they are to blame not us. 

I asked the Daily Herald reporter if they contacted the previous law firm to confirm they are the ones responsible and they said they will get back to me next week.

If I were the “other” law firm, I think I might have a few words for COD. It appears to be an attempt to cast the appearance of malpractice on the previous firm in spite of the fact they continued to use the very contracts in question.

This is yet another indicator as the the depth of arrogance and resistance to actually fixing the broken money machine known as COD.

 

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2 Comments
  • john
    Posted at 12:25h, 29 March

    Well it’s begining to look like the Kingdom of Robert Brueder, the president of College Of Dupage is finally coming to a end. If he walks away with his $756,000 bonus after all that’s been exposed, then there is more than just him involved and may be a major cover up. Once one falls the cards will prove who has been the ring leader. Maybe it’s just the culture of the system we live in. I hope he takes all his Knights with him. Kathy Hamiltion a trustee should be given the Chairman’s seat and a parade for her standing up to the corruption. Where is the States attorney in this matter? The Edgar County Watchdogs should be the new media for the citizens of the United States.

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 12:47h, 29 March

      Thanks for the suggestion in the last sentence, but there is not enough time in the day for that…

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