College of DuPage


Contact tracing is kind of like being a COVID-19 detective. That’s what Kathy Cabai says. She’s a professor at College of DuPage and is coordinating its new online training program for the job.

Contact tracing involves calling people infected with COVID-19 to see who they’ve been in contact with to limit the spread of the virus. It also means reaching out to those who may have been exposed to people with COVID-19.

These are health care jobs and you work with public health departments. But Cabai says first and foremost they’re communication jobs.

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More than four billion private records were exposed by data breaches in the first half of 2019.

Illinois residents have seen their fair share of information compromises. In July, the state received a share of the Equifax settlement.


An Illinois appellate court has ruled that the College of DuPage Foundation is subject to the state's open records law and ordered it to turn over a federal subpoena requested by the Chicago Tribune.

The Tribune reports that the unanimous decision marks the first time an Illinois higher court has ruled in favor of releasing records in possession of a public college's fundraising organization.

The ruling upholds an earlier ruling by a DuPage County Circuit Court judge.

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Northern Illinois University and the College of DuPage recently signed a guaranteed admission agreement.  

It allows students at the College of DuPage with at least a 2.0 grade point average guaranteed admission to NIU so they can pursue 4-year degrees.  High achievers (at least a 3.5 GPA) can also gain admission to the Honors Program.  

NIU Provost Lisa Freeman believes aspects of community colleges and four-year universities can blend together. She says the agreement is a recognition of this fact.  


The College of DuPage is the state’s largest community college. 

It serves more than 28,000 students. 

But it has been a tumultuous year for the school.

Trustees voted in the fall to fire President Robert Breuder. He has since filed a lawsuit citing wrongful termination.

This month, Board of Trustees Chairwoman Kathy Hamilton abruptly resigned her post.

Breuder Sues College Of DuPage Trustees

Oct 22, 2015

College of DuPage President Robert Breuder, on paid administrative lead since April, is officially out of a job. Now, he's suing the board of trustees that ousted him.

The Board of Trustees voted 4 to 1 at a special meeting Tuesday night to terminate him, effective immediately. Breuder had been president since January 2009.

After more than six months on paid administrative leave, the fate of embattled College of DuPage (CoD) President Robert Breuder may finally be resolved Tuesday evening.

The college Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. with a “Resolution to Terminate the Employment of the College President” as the only specific item of business on the agenda.

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Trustees of a suburban Chicago college have voted to void the contract of its embattled president about a month after beginning the process of firing him.

College of DuPage trustees voted 4-3 Thursday night to void Robert Breuder's contract. He's on paid administrative leave and is set to retire in March. 

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Trustees of Illinois' largest community college have fired its top two finance officials after internal reports found weak controls and violations of the school's investment practices.

The Chicago Tribune reports the firings Wednesday of College of DuPage Treasurer Thomas Glaser and Controller Lynn Sapyta were the first among officials at the suburban Chicago school since a new majority took over the board of trustees in April.

The two had been on paid leave since June. College President Robert Breuder remains on paid administrative leave. 

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Illinois lawmakers have sent the governor a measure inspired by a hefty severance package given to the former head of the state's largest community college.

The College of DuPage's last president got $763,000 to finish his contract years early.  That led to calls to rein in future buy-outs, statewide.

Republican Representative Mike Tryon of Crystal Lake says COD's situation is egregious:

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Elaborate meals for College of DuPage officials at the school's fine-dining restaurant were paid for by taxpayers. 

College President Robert Breuder and other senior managers hosted meals on nearly 500 occasions in the last four years. One meal cost nearly $200 per person.

The information was compiled by a team of reporters from the Chicago Tribune.

Breuder defends the restaurant as a marketing tool. 

Breuded recently agreed to a buyout package that will pay him nearly more than a quarter of a million dollars and name a campus building after him.

Buyout Package Is Just The Latest Spending Concern

Feb 10, 2015

The College of DuPage is getting heat about its spending lately. The focus recently has been a $760,000 severance package for the school president.

That payout has taxpayers wondering how the college is spending their money ... and students wondering if that could lead to program cuts and tuition hikes.

When College of DuPage trustees met last month to approve a contract buyout for President Robert Breuder, more than 400 people showed up. And they didn’t come to cheer.

College of DuPage trustees will vote again on a $762,000 buyout package for the school's president. But officials of the college refuse to elaborate on what the new vote is about. 

The board last week voted to accept the severance deal for President Robert Breuder.

The deal will pay Breuder nearly three times his base salary when he retires in March 2016, which is three years before his contract expires. He's been the college's president since January 2009.

College of DuPage officials said Wednesday that accusations the college concealed about $95 million in spending since 2009 are unfounded. That claim was made by a watchdog group and online portal that aggregates about a billion lines of federal, state and local spending.

COD spokesman Joe Moore said the claims are "emphatically false." 

"The issues are relatively the same that they're [the media] bringing up, and none of those are correct in the way that they're presented to the reader or listener."
--- Joe Moore, COD Spokesman