Incredibly, only Vice Chairman Kathy Hamilton stood for the pledge of allegiance when Jan Shaw of the West Suburban Patriots gave the pledge during public comment. The College of DuPage didn’t have a flag, nor do they do the pledge at the start of the monthly board meetings. It was suggested that the COD board thinks the pledge is “offensive.” 6 of 7 Trustees, President Robert Breuder, and ten senior managers of college refused to stand up for the pledge on Dec 18, 2014.
At the January 2015 board meeting, the flag was in the corner, but still no pledge on the agenda. Jan lead the Pledge again during public comment. Trustee Hamilton asked for a correction of the December 2014 minutes. The minutes say “Jan Shaw spoke regarding Tax Levy” – Kathy said they should add that Jan lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
The minutes also state that “Matthew Tyrmand spoke regarding Treasurer’s report” which he did. But he also addressed Trustee McGuire’s November rant comparing the Watchdogs and the Tea Party to Nazzis.
Trustee McGuire’s November rant
The board voted 6-1 to accept the December minutes as is.