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The status hearing scheduled this week involving NIU Controller Keith Jackson and university officials has been reset to Aug. 30.

In 2015, Jackson filed suit for wrongful termination against NIU, the university’s Board of Trustees, President Doug Baker, and former interim CFO Nancy Suttenfield.

The decision to move the status hearing in Rockford follows a motion by the defendants to dismiss the case. Keith Jackson must respond to that motion by May 19. NIU and Baker then must reply by early June. 

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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 Daily Chronicle: Grady Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Against NIU

'Coffee Fund' Case Comes To An End

Jun 21, 2013

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

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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.

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Felony theft charges have been thrown out against two more NIU employees.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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.”

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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.

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