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Board appoints Freeman as the thirteenth and first female president of NIU

By Jessie Kern | September 24, 2018

The Board of Trustees unanimously voted Acting President Lisa Freeman as the thirteenth president of NIU, making her the first female president in university history.The appointment was made during a Board of Trustees Special Meeting Thursday, with an...

Campus in need of repairs and funds

By James Krause | October 16, 2017

DeKALB — Hazardous tunneling systems, 50-year-old boilers and damaged building exteriors are among repairs NIU must make that require funding from the state, something for which officials have desperately been lobbying state lawmakers.The Illinois Board...

Pass/Fail: Legislators pass state budget and fund NIU; Costly review results in three-page report

IL budget passed; NIU sustains $65 million loss

By Morgan Fink | July 10, 2017

DeKALB — Legislators in Springfield passed a state budget after a nearly three-year impasse, providing NIU with full state funding for the first time since Fiscal Year 2015 at 10 percent less than the last complete appropriation.The budget was passed...

Rep. Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley) talks about the likelihood of there being no Illinois budget before July 1, 2015, at the Board of Trustees meeting on June 18, 2015.

Short-term funding bill could keep higher ed afloat

By Alexander Chettiath | April 21, 2016

Rep. Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley) said several bills are being negotiated for a stop-gap funding measure for higher education and the Monetary Award Program.Funding for higher education and MAP has not been appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016 due to the nearly...

Letter to the Editor: State representative supports legislator pay halt

By Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley) | April 21, 2016

It was an idea heard in coffee shops around the state: “stop paying legislators.” Comptroller Leslie Munger must have heard the suggestion because over the weekend she announced that legislators will have to wait to be paid just like the state is...

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Springfield on July 21. Senate Bill 2059 is expected to be reviewed by the Illinois House of Representatives on April 4.

MAP grant bill to make it to House next month

By Alex Chettiath | March 21, 2016

An NIU-supported bill, which would fully fund MAP grants and more than 90 percent of NIU’s state appropriations, is expected to be reviewed by the Illinois House of Representatives on April 4.Senate Bill 2059 would appropriate funds for Fiscal Year...

Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) answers students’ questions regarding the budget impasse, MAP funding and technology at “Pizza with Pritchard” on Tuesday in the New Hall Community Center Swing Space. Read more at

Local reps discuss budget impasse with students

By Madison Kacer | March 10, 2016

Local representatives Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley) and Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) said they are confident that some form of MAP grant funding will be passed by state lawmakers.Student concerns regarding the budget impasse were addressed during a Student Association...

Pritchard to hold pizza, answer session in New Hall

By Northern Star staff | March 7, 2016

A free pizza and question and answer event with Rep. Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley) will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the New Hall Swing Space.Pritchard has been in the state legislature for 13 years and has sat in on many committees including the Higher...

MAP grant bill passes House

MAP grant bill passes House

By Nicholas Bosshart | March 7, 2016

An NIU-supported partisan bill that would fully fund the Monetary Award Program and about 90 percent of NIU’s expected state appropriations, has made its way through the Illinois House of Representatives.The bill, House Bill 2990, includes funding for...

House short 2 votes, stops MAP grant bill override

By Alexander Chettiath and Satta Kendor | March 3, 2016

Despite being vetoed, a bill that would have fully funded the Monetary Award Program grants with $379 million had its veto overridden by the Illinois Senate on Wednesday but died in the House of Representatives by two votes.Senate Bill 2043, sponsored...

Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to lawmakers as he leaves the House chambers after delivering the State of the Budget Address to a joint session of the General Assembly on Wednesday at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 2043 on Friday, which would have appropriated $397 million for MAP funding.

Bill would appropriate $72M in funds to NIU

By Alexander Chettiath | February 22, 2016

Despite Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoing a bill to fund Monetary Award Program grants, a second bill, House Bill 4539, that would provide $373 million in MAP funding, is still active.MAP gives funding to Illinois residents who attend approved Illinois colleges...

Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his annual budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers at the Capitol Building on Wednesday in Springfield.

Higher education not in Rauner’s budget address

By Alexander Chettiath | February 18, 2016

Despite having no budget for Fiscal Year 2016, Gov. Bruce Rauner gave his annual budget address for Fiscal Year 2017 on Wednesday addressing K-12 education but not higher education.Rauner’s FY 2016 proposed budget includes reduction in funds to public...