CHICAGO (CBS) — In the wake of a string of scandals, the College of DuPage got three new board members during Tuesday’s local elections.
The College of DuPage has been a source of controversy of late, and trustee Kathy Hamilton has been leading the charge for a change in leadership.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Windy And Mild Midweek
“There’s a general failure to provide proper financial and strategic oversight; and also we’ve seen extravagant spending,” she said.
In recent months, news reports have raised questions about the college’s policies; including a $763,000 severance deal for outgoing President Robert Breuder, top administrators spending nearly $190,000 in taxpayer funds on meals at a fancy restaurant, paying bills to the private company of its radio station engineer, and allowing that engineer to authorize his own invoices for equipment and services he did not provide.READ MORE: Opening Weeks Sold Out For 'Marvel: Universe Of Super Heroes' Exhibit At Museum Of Science And Industry, But Evening Tickets Now Available
That engineer has been charged with stealing more than $200,000 from the school.
In response to those scandals, Hamilton made an aggressive push to elect three reform-minded candidates to replace members whose terms expire this year. All three candidates Hamilton supported – Deanne Marie Mazzochi, of Elmhurst, Frank Napolitano, of Bloomingdale, and Charles Bernstein, of Wheaton – won seats on the board Tuesday.
“I am absolutely thrilled. I just feel the community has spoken, and they’ve spoken out against fraud, waste, and abuse; and they’ve spoken for good government,” she said.MORE NEWS: Chicago Police Officer Injured In Struggle During Traffic Stop In Avalon Park
Hamilton, who currently serves as vice chair of the board, said she will seek to be elected chair.