An audit of the College of DuPage's controversial severance deal with its former president shows that it exceeded what is seen in similar contracts at other schools.
Illinois Auditor Genera Frank Mautino's report found nothing illegal in the $763,000 severance package paid out last year to the College of DuPage's former president, Robert Breuder, as a means to end his contract three years early.
Mautino's report did show, however, that severance packages for 16 other community colleges in the state were nowhere near as lucrative. Just three of the severance packages included lump sum payments, with the highest being $380,000 at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills.
A state law passed last year has reduced severance packages at Illinois community colleges to one year's pay and put a four-year time cap on school president contracts.