coffee fund http://northernpublicradio.org en Grady Files Lawsuit Against University Leaders http://northernpublicradio.org/post/grady-files-lawsuit-against-university-leaders <p>Former Northern Illinois University Police Chief Don Grady has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the university's board of trustees. It comes a year after his firing. The Daily Chronicle reports the suit wants Grady to be reinstated with back pay and receive a public apology.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2014/02/20/grady-files-civil-rights-lawsuit-against-niu/am0nn8c/" target="_blank">The Daily Chronicle: Grady Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Against NIU</a></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:08:32 +0000 WNIJ 43462 at http://northernpublicradio.org Grady Files Lawsuit Against University Leaders '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 Coffee Fund: Murray Accepts Misdemeanor Plea http://northernpublicradio.org/post/coffee-fund-murray-accepts-misdemeanor-plea <p>Lawrence Murray will pay NIU $4,000 by Aug. 19 under a misdemeanor plea agreement finalized Monday.</p><p>According to the <em><a href="http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2013/05/20/coffee-fund-defendant-accepts-misdemeanor-plea-agreement/axjtx5h/">Daily Chronicle</a></em>,&nbsp; Murray -- who had been Manager of Property Control for Northern Illinois University -- pleaded guilty to violation of the State Property Control Act, a Class B misdemeanor with punishable by less than six months in the county jail.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 17:51:45 +0000 WNIJ 30146 at http://northernpublicradio.org Coffee Fund: Murray Accepts Misdemeanor Plea Theft Charges Against Two More NIU Workers Dismissed http://northernpublicradio.org/post/theft-charges-against-two-more-niu-workers-dismissed <p></p><p>Felony theft charges have been thrown out against two more NIU employees.</p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 21:02:32 +0000 Susan Stephens 27881 at http://northernpublicradio.org Theft Charges Against Two More NIU Workers Dismissed Another NIU "Coffee Fund" Case Dropped http://northernpublicradio.org/post/another-niu-coffee-fund-case-dropped <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charges have been dropped against one of Northern Illinois University’s top financial officials. University controller Keith Jackson was charged last year with two felonies and one misdemeanor related to the so-called “coffee fund” scandal.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 22:59:05 +0000 Susan Stephens 27729 at http://northernpublicradio.org Another NIU "Coffee Fund" Case Dropped 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 NIU President Orders Reviews Of Accounting, Police Department http://northernpublicradio.org/post/niu-president-orders-reviews-accounting-police-department <p></p><p style="background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:#222222">Northern Illinois University employees received more than a traditional Thanksgiving greeting from their president in their inboxes this week: President John Peters also laid out a series of in-depth reviews the university is planning in response to several recent internal controversies.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 11:27:56 +0000 Susan Stephens 21681 at http://northernpublicradio.org NIU President Orders Reviews Of Accounting, Police Department 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 NIU Confirms 'Coffee Fund;' Four Employees Put On Leave http://northernpublicradio.org/post/niu-confirms-coffee-fund-four-employees-put-leave <p>Northern Illinois University has confirmed the existence of an unauthorized bank account known as the "coffee fund" and taken steps toward potential discipline of four materials management employees.</p><p>NIU says records show the fund was used not for individual gain but for retirement celebrations, holiday parties and similar activities. However,&nbsp;the university says it is looking into&nbsp;whether&nbsp;this use of the fund violated university policy and/or state law.</p><p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 23:55:00 +0000 WNIJ 17643 at http://northernpublicradio.org NIU Confirms 'Coffee Fund;' Four Employees Put On Leave State Police Reviewing NIU Coffee Fund http://northernpublicradio.org/post/state-police-reviewing-niu-coffee-fund <p>The Illinois State Police are considering whether to get involved with an investigation into a hidden fund at Northern Illinois University. State police spokesman Sergeant Jose DeJesus says the agency's Internal Affairs division is currently reviewing the case of the so-called "coffee fund." University officials acknowledged they were looking into allegations that NIU employees sold scrap materials to a local company, which wrote checks to an account known as the ``coffee fund.'' Because the matter involves a public university, the case was turned over to the state for review. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 17:13:47 +0000 Jenna Dooley 17477 at http://northernpublicradio.org State Police Reviewing NIU Coffee Fund