NIU trustees again approve ex-president's $600,000 severance

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DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Trustees at Northern Illinois University have again voted to approve a $600,000 severance agreement with former President Doug Baker.

The (DeKalb) Daily-Chronicle reports that Thursday's vote comes after a DeKalb County judge declared the contract null and void. The judge agreed with a lawsuit filed by NIU student and DeKalb County Board member Misty Haji-Sheikh. She argued that the board of trustees violated the Open Meetings Act by using vague terms on an agenda that didn't inform the public that Baker would resign or a vote would be taken on his severance.

Baker announced June 15 he was stepping down amid a state investigation accusing him and other administrators of mismanagement with the hiring of consultants.

Board Chairman Wheeler Coleman says the board thinks it complied with the act.

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Information from: The Daily Chronicle, http://www.daily-chronicle.com

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