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Jackson, NIU to settle in wrongful termination case

Roland Hacker

April 18, 2019

DeKALB — A settlement conference for the wrongful termination lawsuit of former NIU Controller Keith Jackson against NIU, the university’s Board of Trustees, former President Doug Baker and former interim Chief Financial Officer Nancy Suttenfield concluded with a settlement Wednesday.Settlement ...

Former CFO files summary judgment for wrongful termination case

Former CFO Nancy Suttenfield speaks about NIU's budget proposal during a Board of Trustees Finance, Facilities and Operations Committee meeting Sept. 1, 2014, in Altgeld Hall.

James Krause

February 1, 2018

DeKALB — NIU’s former interim Chief Financial Officer filed for a summary judgment in the latest court date of former Controller Keith Jackson’s wrongful termination lawsuit against the university Dec. 21.Jackson filed the lawsuit in October 2015 under six different charges, including “denial of proc...

Baker change could lead to future abuses

Northern Star Editorial Board

March 3, 2014

NIU President Doug Baker made some bold and slightly worrisome administrative announcements Friday.The Editorial Board applauds Baker’s efforts to clean up inefficiencies and save money; however, the consolidation of duties under Bill Nicklas, vice president for Operations and Community Relations, poses some ...

Grady sues for job, citing discrimination

Donald Grady

Kelly Bauer

February 20, 2014

Don Grady, the NIU Police Department’s former chief, wants his job back with a public apology from the university, back pay and damages.Grady has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Board of Trustees and former NIU President John Peters, among others. The lawsuit came only two days after deputy ...

Baker’s had a good start but there’s more to do

Danny Cozzi

July 23, 2013

NIU President Doug Baker has been in our fantastic town of corn and barbed wire for only a few weeks. A March 18 Northern Star editorial noted NIU had a chance to change for the better, as many top administrators were on their way out. With a new president, I think we are finally beginning to wipe the...

Second NIU employee sees charges dropped in coffee fund case

Northern Star Staff

March 25, 2013

For the second time, charges have been dropped in a “Coffee Fund” case. Susan Zahm, property control inventory specialist, had been charged with theft (Class 2 Felony), theft (class 3 Felony), official misconduct (Class 3 Felony), and violation of State Property Control Act (Class B Misdemeanor)...

‘Coffee fund’ charges dropped against NIU employee

Northern Star Staff

March 21, 2013

Charges have been dropped against Keenon Darlinger, a storekeeper in Materials Management. Darlinger had faced charges for theft, official misconduct and violation of the State Property Control Act in relation to NIU's "Coffee Fund" case. On Tuesday, Robert Albanese, former associate vice president o...

Albanese accepts plea deal

Jessi Haish

March 19, 2013

Robert Albanese, former associate vice president of Finance and Facilities, accepted a plea deal Tuesday in regard to the “Coffee Fund” case. “Basically, what I would like to do is apologize to the NIU community for not being a better steward,” Albanese said. “I was in charge of something ...

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Kelly Bauer

March 8, 2013

Eddie Williams, chief of operations and executive vice president of Finance and Facilities, has been placed on paid leave following Wednesday's FBI probe. According to a news release from the university, the choice was made "in light of recent events." Williams issued a statement today through his lawyer saying he was unsure why he was the subject of an FBI...

Grady requested FBI assistance with NIU coffee fund investigations

Felix Sarver

November 19, 2012

The FBI was asked to help investigate two NIU administrators who had resigned, according to the Chicago Tribune. According to the Chicago Tribune, NIU Police Chief Donald Grady asked the FBI for assistance about two months ago. Grady asked for help in the investigations of John Gordon, former Convocation Cen...

SA discusses NIU Police Department changes, elects next Speaker

Felix Sarver and Erin Kolb

November 11, 2012

According to Austin Quick, students need to demand better of NIU. At the Sunday Student Association (SA) meeting, the SA Senate speaker expressed disappointment with various issues currently affecting the university. Among them were the allegations of NIU employees selling scrap metal from the universit...

DeKalb County state’s attorney addressed coffee fund, public safety Wednesday

Clay Campbell DeKalb County States Attorney (right) speaks in Stevenson South Towers October 24, 2012 at a meeting of the NIU College Republicans. Campbell addressed current university issues including transparency with the coffee fund and crime on campus.

Cierria McPerryman

October 24, 2012

Clay Campbell, DeKalb County state’s attorney, visited the NIU College Republicans to talk about the coffee fund allegations and campus safety. Campbell said he came to NIU to use his ideals, like civic responsibility, to make an impact on people affected by the coffee fund allegations. “So many people kn...