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University: We don’t want community service from ex-Ryan adviser

John Glennon

John Glennon

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Updated: July 1, 2012 12:23PM

He says he’s an expert in business — and will work for free.

But Governors State University is saying no thanks to the help offered by John Glennon, a former adviser to ex-Gov. George Ryan who was involved in a fraud scheme involving convicted political insider Stuart Levine. Levine was an early figure in what eventually became the investigation that ensnarled former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

A university spokesman says having Glennon work for the school to help fulfill his community service requirement is “not in the best interest” of the south suburban university and said officials plan to discipline an employee who agreed to let Glennon work for the public institution.

Glennon, 60, of Lake Forest, pleaded guilty to failing to tell law enforcement that a contractor misapplied $700,000 of the bond proceeds meant for the construction of a Chicago Medical School administration building to pay Glennon’s company for other services Glennon was providing to the school. Levine and the contractor admitted to scheming to inflate the cost of the contract by $1 million.

Judge John Grady ordered Glennon to perform 320 hours of community service and serve two years of probation. Last month, Grady asked Glennon — an attorney and accountant who was CEO of Chicago consulting firm North American Capital Opportunities — to come up with a way he could tap his expertise to help others.

Glennon ended up with an agreement to carry out his service at CenterPoint, a small business development center at Governors State.

In federal court, Grady said he had received a detailed plan for Glennon from Don Brozek, who is listed on the center’s website as Manager of Illinois Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services.

The plan said Glennon could counsel small business owners looking to get loans or needing advice on expanding their businesses, among other tasks.

“These are exactly the kinds of people out there who are in need of exactly the kinds of assistance Mr. Glennon can provide,” Grady said.

But since Grady signed off on the plan in court, university officials are now raising a red flag.

They said they initiated disciplinary action against the CenterPoint employee who made the agreement with Glennon — although they declined to identify him or confirm whether it was Brozek. Brozek could not be reached for comment.

“Without the knowledge of his supervisor or without the knowledge of anyone at the university, he made that commitment,” university spokesman Eric Matanyi said Friday of the employee. “For a number of reasons Mr. Glennon’s community service is not in the best interest of the university or the clients that CenterPoint serves.”

The school has asked its attorney to appeal to the judge, asking that Glennon’s public service not be carried out there.

“Whatever legal action needs to be taken, [we’ll] get our position before the federal judge in hopes that the community service will not be served at Governors State University,” Matanyi said.

Glennon’s attorney, Leigh Roadman, said he hopes the school reconsiders.

“We have offered to sit down with Governors State and answer any questions they may have,” Roadman said. “We hope they take up our offer before making a final decision.”

A hearing in the case is scheduled for Wednesday in federal court.

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