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DuPage State's Attorney to hold public employee accountable –

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On October 2, 2015

DuPage Co. (ECWd)
Is it possible that a recent quote from DuPage County State’s Attorney points to charges coming soon as it relates to College of DuPage’s disgraced President Robert Breuder?
With a flurry of local political speculation, we have heard statements ranging from he is not touching the case, to assurances he is.  Regardless, his recent quote published in the Daily Herald will clearly become a political hit piece if he does nothing to those at COD who willingly broke the law.

“Simply put, (Tepper) willingly broke the law on multiple occasions,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a written statement. “As a public employee his actions are inexcusable and he will now be held accountable. It is always unfortunate when a public employee is accused of misconduct.” (Daily Herald link)

Just think about the quote for a few minutes and then apply it to what has already been proven as it relates to Robert Breuder.  If I were Bob Berlin, I would recycle the quote with one thing changed, Tepper to Breuder.

“Simply put, (Tepper Breuder ) willingly broke the law on multiple occasions,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a written statement. “As a public employee his actions are inexcusable and he will now be held accountable. It is always unfortunate when a public employee is accused of misconduct.”
We know that the authorities have evidence of electioneering during the 2010 $168 Million Dollar bond referendum that includes information being provided that they cannot use public funds in support of the referendum, yet they did it anyway.

“Willingly broke the law?”

Understanding it is difficult to go back and build a solid case that assures a conviction, I suggest keeping it simple.   We were the first in a long list of firsts to expose Breuder was using the Inn at the Water’s Edge for his overnight stays without any board approval. (Hotel Article here)

“Willingly broke the law?”

We also pointed out the specific statute that could be applied with links to articles that contain documents, or lack of approval for spending that most would agree support a criminal charges.  (When do Criminal statutes apply?)

“Willingly broke the law?”

And let’s not forget the most recent subpoena issued to COD that specifically asked for items that don’t exist.  (Subpoena article)

  • Copies of all receipts, expense documents, or other supporting documents submitted in support of the charges and payments made by the College of DuPage on the House Accounts used by  the College of DuPage president, trustees, senior management personnel, College of DuPage Foundation members and/or entities in which the College of DuPage Foundation members are professionally associated, and copies of any minutes from meetings held by the College of DuPage that discussed approving these payments;

We already know the minutes make no mention of any approval for payments related to House Accounts.  Thus, funds were spent without any approval.  We also know there is nothing in the video archive that points to any discussion or approval of House Account payments.  In fact, it has been made very clear that the trustees did not know there were house accounts set up by Breuder.

“Willingly broke the law?”

  • Seeking any and all documents that would allow for the above listed expenses and payments, including but not limited to the provisions within employment contracts that allow for the  College of DuPage president, trustees, and senior management personnel, to incur the above listed expenses and for the College of DuPage to make the above listed payments.

There are no records in existence that allowed for the above listed expenses and payments, either in minutes or employment contracts.  There is no authorization for anyone to incur the above listed expenses.  Breuder and his team will argue that the board approved the payments however the minutes do not reflect such action nor is such request for approval found in any board packets.

“Willingly broke the law?”

At a minimum, we ask that Bob Berlin apply his own words when it comes to a public employee who willingly broke the law.

“As a public employee his actions are inexcusable and he will now be held accountable”

Bob Berlin

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