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Ex-financial officials sue College of DuPage, alleging politics led to firings

Ex-financial officials sue College of DuPage, alleging politics led to firings

Two former financial administrators during a College of DuPage are suing a propagandize for prejudicial termination, claiming they were dismissed given they campaigned opposite Chairwoman Katharine Hamilton’s bulletin in a past election.

Former Treasurer Thomas Glaser and former Controller Lynn Sapyta filed fit Tuesday in sovereign justice in Chicago, accusing Hamilton of domestic plea and conspiring with others to reject them from their positions in September. The lawsuit seeks vague indemnification and asks that both be given behind their jobs.

In serve to Hamilton, a censure names a college, a house of curators and halt President Joseph Collins as defendants. The fit accuses a defendants of causing Glaser and Sapyta “great mental anguish, humiliation, degradation” and earthy pang as outcome of their firing.

The lawsuit outlines a second prejudicial stop censure from comparison managers given Hamilton became a house personality in April. Former President Robert Breuder filed fit opposite a house of curators in October, accusing Hamilton and 3 other curators of banishment him as partial of a personal vendetta.

The fit disputes Hamilton’s steady assertions that mismanagement by Glaser and Sapyta cost a propagandize millions of dollars and led to fraud. Rather, it describes them as reformers who saved a state’s largest village college from financial irregularity and implemented safeguards to strengthen a money.

“Tom and Lynn have been ravaged by a defendants’ actions,” pronounced profession Shelly Kulwin, who is representing Glaser and Sapyta with profession Peter Lubin. “The hearing in this box will uncover that insane and forward allegations make for luscious headlines, yet they swab in a splendid light of a justice of law.”

Robert Breuder files taste censure opposite College of DuPage, chairwoman

Robert Breuder files taste censure opposite College of DuPage, chairwoman

A state group is questioning either College of DuPage Chairwoman Katharine Hamilton discriminated opposite former President Robert Breuder when she denied his ask to use guaranteed paid time off for “respite and renewal” while he was on medical leave.

Breuder, 71, filed a discrimination…

A state group is questioning either College of DuPage Chairwoman Katharine Hamilton discriminated opposite former President Robert Breuder when she denied his ask to use guaranteed paid time off for “respite and renewal” while he was on medical leave.

Breuder, 71, filed a discrimination…

(Stacy St. Clair and Jodi S. Cohen)

In a statement, a College of DuPage pronounced a lawsuit “makes fake allegations” that a propagandize will urge in court.

“In fact, they declined due routine protections in hermetic waivers, and now they wish to spend wanting authorised resources adjudicating their presumable explain of infringed rights,” according to a matter from Collins and Hamilton. “Even so, a COD conscientiously afforded them each care and component of due routine before to creation a final preference per their status. Their assertions differently are clearly contradicted by timeless facts.”

Glaser and Sapyta — whose salaries were $232,112 and $163,828 respectively — were dismissed in Sep for, among other things, violating a school’s investment practices and accounting problems tied to a college’s radio hire and high-end restaurant, Waterleaf.

Both also were indicted of regulating propagandize resources to debate opposite 3 possibilities permitted by Hamilton in a Apr election.

College of DuPage financial officials fired

College of DuPage financial officials fired

The College of DuPage’s tip dual financial officials were dismissed Wednesday for bad income supervision during a publicly saved college, allegations that their attorneys pronounced were politically encouraged and but merit.

Treasurer Thomas Glaser and Controller Lynn Sapyta, who have been on paid leave since…

The College of DuPage’s tip dual financial officials were dismissed Wednesday for bad income supervision during a publicly saved college, allegations that their attorneys pronounced were politically encouraged and but merit.

Treasurer Thomas Glaser and Controller Lynn Sapyta, who have been on paid leave since…

(Jodi S. Cohen and Stacy St. Clair)

In one email, Glaser suggested that a Dec 2014 village consult about a college was finished for domestic reasons. Though a college pronounced a consult was meant to get feedback on a performance, Glaser pronounced a propagandize wanted to sign how new disastrous broadside would impact a arriving election.

Sapyta is indicted of violating a school’s ethics process by regulating a college’s email complement to appeal votes on interest of possibilities who opposite Hamilton’s agenda.

The lawsuit describes both incidents as “isolated” and says they do not clear termination.

Instead, a fit contends that Hamilton dismissed them given they plainly stumped opposite her line-up during their private time. According to justice documents, Glaser and Sapyta spoke out publicly opposite Hamilton’s remodel bulletin during debate events, put adult yard signs and financially corroborated her opponents.

“Defendant Hamilton grown a domestic animus opposite (Glaser and Sapyta) given (they) unsuccessful to support Hamilton’s domestic bulletin for COD, that she was pursuing, in poignant part, to serve her possess domestic career,” a lawsuit states.

Glaser’s and Sapyta’s fates seemed hermetic after a exhilarated open choosing in that a 3 Hamilton-backed possibilities swept into bureau and gave her control of a board. Hamilton had plainly criticized both administrators during open meetings and on a debate trail, and she had betrothed changes to a college’s care if her possibilities were elected.

Hamilton also frequently mentioned Glaser’s past work as a tip help to Cook County President John Stroger and Sapyta’s prior practice with a CTA. According to a lawsuit, those references were an try to execute them as “Cook County Democratic hacks constant usually to tax-and-spend government,” an picture that would annoy electorate in a traditionally Republican DuPage County.

Lubin pronounced a administrators were dismissed given of their viewed domestic affiliation.

“Hamilton as a censure alleges wrongfully targeted Sapyta and Glaser for stop given they used to work for Democratic administrations in Cook County and campaigned opposite her in a new house of keeper election,” Lubin pronounced in a statement.

Collins eventually opted to glow Glaser and Sapyta, a preference that relied heavily on on an inner review that found a school’s investment practices did not approve with a policies. The college mislaid some-more than $2 million in one taboo investment, for example, yet a propagandize is attempting to redeem some of that money.

A Chicago-based financial supervision organisation recently dynamic that about 73 percent of a college’s investment portfolio was not in compliance, a turn distant larger than an inner auditor found. The portfolio was valued final tumble during $274 million.

Glaser and Sapyta also are indicted of unwell to say financial controls over a college’s radio station, where an worker for years allegedly stole from a college, and over a high-end restaurant, that mislaid some-more than $2 million over a four-year duration as comparison administrators spent hundreds of thousands of open dollars on dishes and drinks. The grill is now closed.

Since Collins placed Glaser and Sapyta on leave in June, an outward organisation has been doing a college’s day-to-day finances and reviewing a financial controls.

“Hopefully a house of curators and behaving halt President Collins will select to do a right thing here and sincerely solve this box instead of wasting additional taxpayer dollars and unreasonable authorised fees fortifying it,” Kulwin said.

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