NIU hired outside firm to investigate employees
DeKALB – Northern Illinois University paid a local law firm about $25,000 to investigate NIU employees in June, but university officials aren’t releasing the findings.
A contract between the university and Sycamore law firm Foster & Buick Law Group shows that attorney John Countryman was hired June 4 to investigate “named individuals within the organization.” The contract was obtained by the Daily Chronicle through a Freedom of Information Act request.
NIU spokesman Paul Palian said the individuals at the center of the investigation were Robert Albanese, former associate vice president of the Division of Finance and Facilities, and John Gordon, former Convocation Center director. University officials have said that the two resigned for “personal reasons.”
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