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College of DuPage trustees set to vote on $4 million settlement

College of DuPage trustees are scheduled to vote Thursday on a $4 million settlement to a former president who left beneath a cloud of controversy.

The deal would finish a yearlong authorized battle between Robert Breuder and the group school board. The faculty’s insurance coverage service can pay the ex-administrator greater than 4 occasions the quantity of his authentic severance package deal on the coronary heart of the deal.

Trustees are anticipated to approve the settlement at a particular meeting Thursday during which the settlement is the one merchandise on the agenda.

The school board declared Breuder’s contract void in September 2015 primarily based on the idea that his first extension was permitted in April 2009 — 4 months after he started — by a lame-duck board that knew it was handcuffing incoming trustees with a long-term contract. The trustees insisted that boards in Illinois can not legally bind future boards to prolonged employment agreements and primarily based that argument on Nineteenth-century case legislation.

Without a legitimate contract, the bulk of trustees mentioned they have been now not obligated to award Breuder the $763,000 severance package deal {that a} prior board had promised in change for retiring in March 2016, three years early.

Breuder’s authentic buyout precipitated a deep public outcry, and the state handed legal guidelines imposing limits on severance packages and requiring heightened transparency for such offers.

A federal choose, nonetheless, rejected the authorized argument the board used to clawback Breuder’s buyout, making it troublesome for the school to defend its actions.

When it fired Breuder in 2015, the board listed eight causes for the choice, together with extreme spending, poor monetary oversight and failing to reply to requests made beneath the state’s open data legal guidelines. The faculty’s accrediting company later positioned the college on probation.

Breuder filed a wrongful termination lawsuit the day after trustees rescinded his severance, alleging breach of contract, defamation and violation of Breuder’s due course of rights.

He named the trustees who voted for his termination as defendants within the lawsuit, as nicely. A proposed settlement launched by the school signifies claims and counterclaims between Breuder and former board Chairwoman Deanne Mazzochi, who’s now a state consultant, isn’t included within the settlement.

Attorneys for Breuder, the school and Mazzochi couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.

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