An article in the Chicago Tribune today focuses on former NIU employees Robert Albanese and John Gordon and the different reasons for their leaving.
According to the article, Gordon, former Convocation Center director, allegedly had a Convocation Center custodian clean his home at least four times in the past year.
The employee, who wished to remain unnamed, filed a grievance in May, but was originally too scared to report the events because she didn’t want to lose her job, according to the article. The employee told the Tribune she was instructed four or five times to meet Gordon’s wife, Kristi Gordon, on a loading dock outside the Convocation Center so she could go to the Gordon’s home and clean.
According to the Tribune article, allegations against Albanese, former associate vice president for finance and facilities, included using NIU property for himself and his property.
Following Gordon’s resignation, he was given a payout of $45,000. Albanese was given a payout of $33,000 and six months of health insurance following his retirement.
University officials learned of the allegations in late May and hired attorney John Countryman, former chief judge of DeKalb County Circuit Court, to investigate, according to the article.
The university expects to pay the firm $15,000 for conducting the investigation and offering legal advice, according to the Tribune article.