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COD wants to meet with lawmakers about audit costs

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  • College of DuPage board Chairman Erin Birt, left, has called for an internal review of some financial policies, which Trustee Kathy Hamilton, right, has criticized.

      College of DuPage board Chairman Erin Birt, left, has called for an internal review of some financial policies, which Trustee Kathy Hamilton, right, has criticized.
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College of DuPage officials want a meeting with state lawmakers and Illinois' top auditor about who will pay for an investigation into the college's operations.

State lawmakers want the college to pay for the probe after the board gave President Robert Breuder a $763,000 severance package.

The college hasn't yet approved the expense, which could run as high as $234,000, and COD's attorney sent a letter to state lawmakers Thursday asking to "discuss the scope, cost and funding parameters of your request."

The call for an audit has been led by state Rep. Jeanne Ives, a Wheaton Republican, who said legislative leaders won't advance her legislation authorizing the investigation until the college agrees to pay for it.

Ives said Friday that if the college has enough money to hire a public relations firm to handle the severance package scandal, it has enough money to pay for an audit.

"They've got more money than the state at this point," Ives said. "And they'd better comply."

If they don't, Ives said the state could withhold money for the college.

She said she's trying to set up a meeting between the board, a House attorney and Illinois Auditor General Bill Holland in response to the letter.

"I'm encouraged that they want to sit down and discuss it," Ives said.

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