College of DuPage's spending under investigation

DuPage County prosecutors have opened an investigation into spending at the College of DuPage following a series of controversies at the Glen Ellyn community college, including lavish drinking and dining by top administrators at a campus restaurant, the Tribune has learned.

The publicly funded community college has received two grand jury subpoenas for financial records in recent weeks, as prosecutors examine expenses from President Robert Breuder's office, according to law enforcement and other sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Those expenses are sometimes paid for by the taxpayer-supported college and at other times are picked up by the College of DuPage Foundation, which promotes the college and is its fundraising arm. The college already has turned over a number of records to prosecutors, the sources said.

"The college has and will fully cooperate with any government investigation," college attorney Respicio Vazquez said in a statement to the Tribune.

The investigation is being handled by the DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin's public integrity unit, which prosecutes white collar crime and official misconduct. Berlin on Sunday said he could neither confirm nor deny any investigation because of grand jury secrecy rules. Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

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