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Campbell to speak to NIU student senate Sunday

Published: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – DeKalb County State's Attorney Clay Campbell will speak to the Student Association Senate at Northern Illinois University about the developments in the "coffee fund" investigation.

The investigation remains ongoing into the coffee fund, which NIU officials have said was used for retirement parties and other office expenses. The fund allegedly was an off-the-books, private repository for proceeds from the sale of university-owned scrap metal and other materials.

Nine people have been charged as a result of the investigation – eight are NIU employees on paid administrative leave.

Chad Harris, the clerk of the SA Senate, said they heard Campbell was speaking to the College Republicans when SA officials offered him the opportunity to speak. Campbell, a Republican, is defending his position as state's attorney from Democratic challenger Richard Schmack.

"We gave him the opportunity to talk about whatever he wants," Harris said, adding that his 15-minute speech could also touch on safety in the city.

Harris said the SA has not offered Schmack the opportunity to speak to the body, but added that they always are looking for speakers.

The SA Senate will meet 6 p.m. Sunday in the Holmes Student Center Sky Room at NIU. The meetings are free and open to the public.

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