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FBI probes NIU

The FBI along with other law enforcement agencies, armed with a search warrant, descended on the campus of Northern Illinois University today for what is said to be an on-going investigation.

Two days after the search warrant was executed, NIU’s Chief of Operations and Executive Vice President of Finance & Facilities Eddie Williams took a leave of absence.


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Northern Illinois University is launching a nationwide search for a new campus police chief, and hopes to have the new chief in place by the fall semester.

Former Police Chief Donald Grady was fired in February for his department’s alleged misconduct in a high profile rape case.

In March, the FBI carried out a search warrant that focused largely on the police department.

FBI agents seized files and copied computer hard drives, crime logs and dispatch records.

A top administrator at Northern Illinois University is now on paid leave after a raid on the University Police Department this past week.

The FBI and Illinois State Police copied computer drives and took paper files from the campus police station on Wednesday.

FBI-NIUThe Chicago Tribune reports Eddie Williams, the school’s executive vice president and chief of finance was placed on leave, but will continue to receive his $303,000 a year salary.

Federal housing officials wanted records from Eden’s Gardens, a subsidized housing development owned by Williams.  It is not affiliated with the school.

Investigators want to know if information from the state’s law enforcement database, which NIU had access to, was used for background checks to weed-out rental applicants.

No comments from Williams for the Chicago Tribune but his attorney says he is cooperating with investigators.

Dr. Steven Cunningham, vice president of administration and human resource services, will serve as NIU’s acting executive vice president in Williams’s place.


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FBI executes warrant at NIU

The FBI along with other law enforcement agencies armed with a search warrant descended on the campus of Northern Illinois University today for what is said to be an on-going investigation.

FBI agents worked alongside officers from several state and local agencies for most of the morning and a good portion of the afternoon.  An FBI spokesperson says the agents are serving a search warrant at the NIU campus police station.  Sources tell the Chicago Tribune that several NIU police officers were interviewed today by the feds, while other officers were asked to leave the building.  A university spokesman says the search warrant has nothing to do with safety on campus.

“I want to emphasize that there is no threat to public safety,” said Paul Palian, public relations director at NIU. “They’re just executing a warrant.”

Neither the university nor the FBI will say if the search warrant has anything to do with former NIU police chief, Donald Grady, who was fired last month.  He had been on paid leave while the department was investigated for alleged misconduct in the case involving an NIU police officer charged with raping a freshman.

In a separate case this past fall, the former police chief had asked the FBI for help in the investigation of misconduct of two university administrators.

Meanwhile, the university says the community shouldn’t be concerned.