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NIU former dean sues to block release of report into his conduct

DeKALB – Less than two weeks after resigning as dean of Northern Illinois University's College of Law after an investigation into alleged improper conduct, Eric Dannenmaier filed a request for an injunction to temporarily prevent the findings from being released to the public.

The motion was granted by Judge Bradley J. Waller on Friday, according to online court records.

Dannenmaier was put on administrative leave in February after a complaint alleging improper conduct prompted an internal investigation. He announced his resignation June 27, but a statement from NIU said they still wished to have him work within the university.

A Freedom of Information Act request by the Daily Chronicle seeking the report of the investigation was denied on Friday.

"A lawsuit has been filed against the University seeking an injunction to enjoin the University from disclosure of these records," the response said. "The University is withholding production of materials pending the outcome of the above mentioned lawsuit."

NIU spokesman Joe King said NIU officials believe that the report should be subject to public disclosure, and if the courts rule in the university's favor, the information will be released.

Dannenmaier was replaced by College of Law professor Mark Cordes, who has been acting dean since Dannenmaier was put on leave, in an interim role until a replacement can be found.

Dannenmaier could not immediately be reached for comment Friday evening.

Both parties are due in court at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at the DeKalb County Courthouse on 133 W. State St. in Sycamore.

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