NIU Coffee Fund http://northernpublicradio.org en 'Coffee Fund' Case Comes To An End http://northernpublicradio.org/post/coffee-fund-case-comes-end <p>The Northern Illinois University “coffee fund” investigation has come to an end with a plea agreement this week with the last of nine original defendants.</p><p>Kenneth Pugh, 57, director of NIU’s Materials Management department, was one of three supervisors who pled guilty to a misdemeanor for their roles in the case.</p><p>Charges against six of the nine NIU employees charged with felonies were dismissed. Seven of the defendants have returned to work at NIU and one more is expected to return soon. One retired before charges were filed</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 17:06:15 +0000 Emilee Fannon 31848 at http://northernpublicradio.org 'Coffee Fund' Case Comes To An End Charges Dropped Against Another NIU Employee http://northernpublicradio.org/post/charges-dropped-against-another-niu-employee <p>DeKalb County State’s Attorney Richard Schmack has dismissed all charges against Susan Zahm in connection to the ‘NIU Coffee Fund’ case.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:41:29 +0000 WNIJ 27191 at http://northernpublicradio.org Charges Dropped Against Another NIU Employee NIU Pays Out 200K In Paid Leave Costs http://northernpublicradio.org/post/niu-pays-out-200k-paid-leave-costs <p>Police Chief Don Grady continued to draw a salary after he was placed on leave in November.&nbsp; His salary at the time was around $205,987.92. Grady and another officer were accused of withholding evidence in a sexual assault case. The charges for that case were initially dropped, <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-02-22/news/chi-former-niu-cop-reindicted-on-rape-charges-20130222_1_andrew-rifkin-sexual-assault-niu-student" target="_blank">but have been re-filed.</a></p><p></p><p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:28:56 +0000 Jenna Dooley 26149 at http://northernpublicradio.org NIU Pays Out 200K In Paid Leave Costs Six "Coffee Fund" Employees Return to Work http://northernpublicradio.org/post/six-coffee-fund-employees-return-work <p>Five of the employees returned to work last Wednesday, another returned on Monday. According to university spokesman Paul Palian, NIU's Office of the General Counsel has reviewed the records, university policies and reports related to the employees who were placed on paid administrative leave during the police investigation of the coffee fund case.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 16:02:00 +0000 Jenna Dooley 23782 at http://northernpublicradio.org Six "Coffee Fund" Employees Return to Work NIU President Peters Explains Silence, Urges Unity http://northernpublicradio.org/post/niu-president-peters-explains-silence-urges-unity <p></p><p style="background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Georgia, serif; ">Northern Illinois University President John Peters explains his silence on several controversial matters and asks the campus to stick together.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 02:16:20 +0000 Susan Stephens 21159 at http://northernpublicradio.org NIU President Peters Explains Silence, Urges Unity First Court Appearances In NIU Coffee Fund Probe http://northernpublicradio.org/post/first-court-appearances-niu-coffee-fund-probe <p></p><p>Friday was the first court appearance for six of the Northern Illinois University employees accused of theft in a case known as “the coffee fund.”</p><p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 23:46:38 +0000 Susan Stephens 20446 at http://northernpublicradio.org First Court Date Friday for Six NIU Employees http://northernpublicradio.org/post/first-court-date-friday-six-niu-employees <p></p><p>Six of the eight current NIU employees charged as part of an ongoing investigation into an unauthorized account are scheduled to appear for a status hearing Friday afternoon in a DeKalb County courtroom.&nbsp; Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:12:28 +0000 WNIJ 20359 at http://northernpublicradio.org First Court Date Friday for Six NIU Employees Local Officials Question Transparency Efforts At NIU http://northernpublicradio.org/post/local-officials-question-transparency-efforts-niu <p>The coffee-fund investigation at <a href="http://www.niu.edu/index.shtml">Northern Illinois University</a> is now playing out in the court system. The school <a href="http://northernpublicradio.org/post/coffee-fund-latest-eight-niu-employees-placed-administrative-leave">recently placed eight employees on administrative leave</a>.</p><p>Those employees were charged in connection with a secret bank account. The probe <a href="http://www.niutoday.info/2012/08/30/niu-provides-coffee-fund-update/">was launched over the summer </a>after the fund’s existence was revealed in a local news report. It came on the heels of separation agreements for two former administrators. The university has issued public statements about recent events, but some in the community question whether the school is being open enough with the public. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:35:33 +0000 Mike Moen 20346 at http://northernpublicradio.org Local Officials Question Transparency Efforts At NIU 'Coffee Fund' Latest: Eight NIU Employees Placed on Administrative Leave http://northernpublicradio.org/post/coffee-fund-latest-eight-niu-employees-placed-administrative-leave <p>Northern Illinois University has placed eight employees&nbsp;facing charges as a result of the 'coffee fund'&nbsp;investigation on administrative leave.&nbsp; NIU said the action came "after a thorough review of state civil service statutes and regulations as well as university employment policies and practices."&nbsp; The employees will continue to draw their regular salary while investigations into the fund&nbsp;by the NIU Police Department and the DeKalb&nbsp;County State's Attorney&nbsp;continue.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 23:24:00 +0000 WNIJ 19937 at http://northernpublicradio.org 'Coffee Fund' Latest: Eight NIU Employees Placed on Administrative Leave