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Jackson, NIU to settle in wrongful termination case

By 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...

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

Former CFO files summary judgment for wrongful termination case

By 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...

Baker change could lead to future abuses

By 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...

Donald Grady

Grady sues for job, citing discrimination

By 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...

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

By 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,...

Second NIU employee sees charges dropped in coffee fund case

By 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...

‘Coffee fund’ charges dropped against NIU employee

By 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,...

Albanese accepts plea deal

By 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,”...

Williams placed on paid leave following FBIs search

Williams placed on paid leave following FBI’s search

By 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."...

Grady requested FBI assistance with NIU coffee fund investigations

By 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...

SA discusses NIU Police Department changes, elects next Speaker

By 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...

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.

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

By 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...