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NIU – OEIG appears to have completed unauthorized expenditure complaint and forwarded findings to NIU –

May 18, 2017   ·   3 Comments

Northern Illinois University (ECWd) – NIU and President Doug Baker’s administration continue to dazzle with their numerous creative ways to circumvent state rules.  The ban ...

NIU’s Overpriced Dorm Rooms – Ripping off the students? –

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY (ECWd) – Attention students, and parents of students, at Northern Illinois University! If you are unhappy with the high dorm prices, pay ...

NIU slammed by State Auditor for FOIA and Records Retention Noncompliance –

Northern Illinois University – (ECWd) – Is it better for a state agency to misrepresent its practices to the Office of the Auditor General or ...

OEIG may have wrapped up investigation of NIU’s procurement practices –

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, DEKALB, IL. (ECWd) – The Office of the Executive Inspector General (“OEIG”) investigation of Northern Illinois University (“NIU”) and its President, Douglas Baker, may ...

COD Foundation Attorney attacked Chicago Tribune during Appellate Court hearing with false claim about ECWd –

Northern Illinois University (NIU) – (ECWd) – In what should have been his time for rebuttal statements, the College of DuPage Foundation attorney spent a ...

NIU – Business as usual in Illinois?

Nepotism: “bestowal of official favors on one’s relatives” (Black’s Law Dictionary, 8th Edition). Nepotism is normally frowned upon within a public body and most public ...

NIU – Rule of Law no longer applies!

DeKalb, IL. (ECWd) – Previously we focused on violations of state rules and the questionable “ethically inspired leadership” by Northern Illinois University’s President Doug Baker ...

NIU – Penny Wise, Pound Foolish?

DeKalb Co. (ECWd) – We previously printed a story regarding Northern Illinois University’s Interim CFO Nancy Suttenfield’s alleged attempt to save the Illinois taxpayers’ monies ...

NIU – The scandals continue as the Board does nothing!

DeKalb Co. (ECWd) – We have already shown that President Doug Baker and Northern Illinois University have experimented with many variations of questionable actions regarding ...

NIU – Admitted cronyism goes unchecked!

DeKalb Co. (ECWd) – Previously, we had debated whether NIU’s President Doug Baker actually hired his good friend Ron Walters as an employee or a ...

NIU – “Delete your emails…to protect yourself”.

DeKalb Co. (ECWd) – At what point will law enforcement on College Campus’s and States Attorney’s start arresting and prosecuting public officials for their illegal ...

NIU’s Alverez was paid $468,000 and produced no final written report –

Northern Illinois University – (ECWd) – In our recent post (here) concerning NIU’s illegitimate subcontract with Alvarez and Marsal, we asked the question: “Why did the University ...

NIU Alvarez illegitimate subcontract –

NIU (ECWd) – So far we’ve looked at numerous ways in which NIU President Baker and his Administration has violated, or at least has made ...

NIU: Payments to private social club –

Northern Illinois University (NIU) – (ECWd) – Northern Illinois University has been paying for President Baker’s membership in a private social club, the University Club ...

James Fatz of CyberTech Security, and former NIU Director of IT, may have fabricated claims of software agreements –

DeKalb, IL. (ECWd) – In our previous article entitled “NIU’s IT Director, James Fatz, used NIU equipment in for-profit private business – ” we wrote about James ...

Another example of cronyism and apparent violation of state rules has surfaced at NIU; President Baker paid his close friend $479,875 for a no-bid contract.

DeKalb Co. (ECWd) – We introduced Ron Walters in our story ‘Northern Illinois University – Ron Walters’ travel/hotel expenses’.  To recap, President Baker engaged Mr. ...

NIU’s IT Director, James Fatz, used NIU equipment in for-profit private business –

DeKalb, IL. (ECWd) – Local Sycamore attorney Nicholas Cronauer represents Vantage Electrical group against a former employee whom allegedly stole data from their company. Mr. ...

NIU’s Pres. Baker using college credit card on wife’s travel –

DeKalb, IL. (ECWd) – Between January 2014 and February 2015, of the approximately $36.000.00 of p-card (credit card) expenditures from one Northern Illinois University p-card account, around ...

Northern Illinois University – Ron Walter’s travel/hotel expenses –

NIU / DeKalb, IL. (ECWd) – We realized that we have been remiss in discussing Northern Illinois University’s consultant/employee Ron Walters, the good friend of ...

Questionable Foundation Fund use and hiring practices at Northern Illinois University –

NIU / Dekalb, IL. (ECWd) – When a donation is made to a university foundation, assumedly one would believe that the funds go to support ...

NIU – The hiring of Keith Ickes as consultant –

DeKalb Co., IL. (ECWd) – There must be many instances of collisions at the intersection of cronyism and state procurement rule violations that are likely ...

NIU’s indifference to State rules –

DeKalb, IL. (ECWd) – On April 26, 2015, we published the article “NIU Official dials wrong number – leaves message”.  To recap, that was a ...

NIU’s Intentional Abuse Of State Procurement And Travel Rules –

Northern Illinois University (ECWd) – With over 33,000 pages in the OEIG investigation of Northern Illinois University, there must be many instances of wrongdoing to ...

Cronyism And Procurement Violations At Northern Illinois University –

DeKalb, IL. – NIU – (ECWd) – The crossroads of cronyism and procurement violations at Northern Illinois University appears to be a very busy intersection. ...

Who is advising DeKalb Sanitary Board Member Tim Struthers? –

DeKalb, IL. – NIU (ECWd) – Who is advising DeKalb Sanitary Board Member Tim Struthers? Maybe Tim Struthers’ lack of ethics is compounded by the ...

DeKalb Sanitary Board, Tim Struthers have conflicts with Steve Irving of Irving Construction –

DeKalb, IL. – NIU – (ECWd) – DeKalb Sanitary Board and Tim Struthers have conflicts with Steve Irving of Irving Construction. This is the second ...

NIU President’s On-going OEIG Investigation – Part 3 –

DeKalb. IL. (ECWd) – On November 8, 2015 we published the article, “NIU President’s On-going OEIG Investigation-Part 2” in which we discussed the broad scope ...

U-46 School Board Member, Traci O’Neal Ellis, laughs about taxpayers catering her food –

Elgin, IL. (ECWd) – Reviewing some audio from our visits to the U-46 school board meetings, I came across this gem of an audio clip ...

DeKalb Sanitary District and Tim Struthers approving unauthorized expenditures –

DeKalb, IL. (ECWd) – *11-9-2015, 10:47 A.M. – Correction to state the actual compensation to board members. This change does not affect the dollar amount ...

NIU and College Town Partners – Part 2 –

DeKalb, IL. (ECWd) – In the first installment of College Town Partners, we introduced you to Tim Struthers (NIU Board Nominee), John Rey (Mayor of ...

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