DuPage Co. (ECWd) -
As many are aware, former College of DuPage (COD) President Breuder was terminated last year. His iron fisted rule was a key contributor in delays and denials of public records from day one of our investigation. Those efforts appear to have been with a purpose, keeping the truth from the public.
During our investigation of no bid contracts the college was entering into with foundation members and their businesses, one request in particular was denied, e-mails to and from two e-mail accounts used by Herricane Graphics.
After the Brueder termination I submitted the same FOIA request. Although it has taken some time to get all the records requested, the request was honored and we now have the thousands of e-mails of correspondence to COD Foundation board member Carla Burkhart and her company, Herricane Graphics.
For those willing to take the painstaking time to download and review, we promise it is a telling story. The e-mails point to what appears to be ongoing controversy on several projects with back and forth spats on who's fault something is, to what it is going to cost to fix it.
As we stated in our FOIA, we sought those records so that they can be shared with the public who has an interest in what was really going on at COD with no bid contracts to foundation member owned businesses.
These e-mails expose things like Burkhart's question as to why the rules are different for her versus other vendors. That same email exposes that she (Burkhart) can do work at Breuder's request provided it was under $1,000.00. (See Production set 24, page 20)
You can access all 24 production sets of e-mails, of which contain in excess of 300 pages of documents each. This link will take you to the Dropbox folder where you can download them at your leisure.
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