Report Says NIU President Bent Rules To Hire Friends

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — A watchdog contends Northern Illinois University administrators routinely ignored ethics requirements in hiring five consultants. In a report released Wednesday, the Office of the Executive Inspector General says the university hired the consultants in 2013 and 2014, employed them under the wrong classification and kept them on staff too long. As a result more than $1 million in taxpayer funds were spent. NIU President Doug Baker says he’s revised the school’s hiring and compensation policies.