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.
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.
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.
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
Lawrence Murray will pay NIU $4,000 by Aug. 19 under a misdemeanor plea agreement finalized Monday.
According to the Daily Chronicle, 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.
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.
Police Chief Don Grady continued to draw a salary after he was placed on leave in November. 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, but have been re-filed.
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.
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.
NIU says records show the fund was used not for individual gain but for retirement celebrations, holiday parties and similar activities. However, the university says it is looking into whether this use of the fund violated university policy and/or state law.
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.