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On Nov. 22, DeKalb County Judge Bradley Waller found that the board violated the Open Meetings Act before its June 15 meeting, during which Baker announced his resignation and his severance agreement was approved. Waller said the agenda item pertaining to Baker’s resignation was vague and ambiguous, and did not fully inform the public of what would transpire.
Waller had granted a temporary restraining order in July to prevent the board from taking further action on the agreement after it was found that Baker already had been paid about $570,000. The restraining order later was extended to the Nov. 22 hearing, during which the severance package was declared void, with an expiration date of Dec. 1.
NIU spokesman Joe King said if the board votes down the severance agreement Thursday morning, it can request that Baker return the money. If he does not, the board can sue to have the money returned.