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Shamay Flaharty, of Lewiston, Ill., who has multiple sclerosis and is hoping cannabis will help ease her pain and headaches, meets with Eric Sweatt, partner and manager of Salveo Health and Wellness, a licensed medical cannabis dispensary, on Oct. 20 in Canton, Ill. Illinois will begin its first medical marijuana sales this week.

Cannabis legislation paused

By Alexander Chettiath | November 2, 2015

Decriminalization of marijuana possession in Illinois may be losing steam as the two bills hoping to do so have lost traction.Both bills looked to decriminalize possession of up to 30 grams for people over the age of 21 and reclassify the possession amounts...

Students and community members demonstrate Oct. 29 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Commons for an end to the Illinois budget impasse between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly. The Student Association will begin a letter-writing campaign Friday so students can send their grievances to lawmakers. 

Students demonstrate for end to budget stall

By Maxwell Bisaillon and Nick Bosshart | November 2, 2015

Dillon Domke, Student Association Senate Speaker, said he will meet with Bethany Vanover, SA Senate Legislative Director, this week to see what the SA’s next steps will be after Thursday’s rally.Approximately 200 students and community members filled...

Faculty Senate demands end to state budget impasse

By Margaret Maka | October 29, 2015

Faculty Senate passed a resolution calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly to end the budget impasse.The resolution is similar to those passed by the University Council and the Student Association, which also call for an end to the impasse...

SA rally speakers to include state representatives, nonprofits

SA rally speakers to include state representatives, nonprofits

By Northern Star staff | October 28, 2015

A Student Association rally set to take place Thursday will include speakers who have intimate knowledge of and are stakeholders in the Illinois budget impasse.State Reps. Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley) and Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago), Faculty Senate President...

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner speaks to business students Aug. 29 in Barsema Hall. Rauner gave advice on investing in start-up businesses and discussed how he will use his experience in venture capitalism to promote job growth in Illinois if elected in November. My favorite people in the world are entrepreneurs, Rauner said. They take risks, take a lot of grief. They have to be lucky, but they also have to be smart and good and tough, and it’s all about team building.

Ill. Community College System’s 50th anniversary met with enrollment, funding troubles

By Alexander Chettiath | September 24, 2015

It is the year of the community college, according a declaration by Gov. Bruce Rauner in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Illinois Community College System, which includes Kishwaukee Community College.On average, 63 percent of Kishwaukee’s transfer...

A partially reconstructed Stevens Building is seen Sunday outside of Zulauf Hall. Maintenance for the Stevens Building, which will include covering certain areas of the construction site and heating, may cost up to $50,000, said Alan Phillips, vice president of Administration and Finance.

Stevens Building could have delays

By Alexander Chettiath | September 14, 2015

Junior theatre major Julian Serna said it is a “bummer” that he has to cross campus to attend his theatre classes.“I’ve had classes at McMurry Hall, then right after that at Graham Hall, so I have to hightail it across campus,” Serna said.Serna...

DeKalb Police

Act to standardize handling of sexual assault

By Alexander Chettiath | September 3, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act, which creates a set protocol on how public colleges across the state handle sexual assault.The act, signed Aug. 21, creates stricter requirements on how public universities,...

Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs talks to a group of 16 NIU and DeKalb leaders Monday during a round table discussion in the Holmes Student Center Sky Room. Students are seven times more likely to go to college if they know they have the financial means to do so, said Frerichs, who visited NIU to express his support for MAP funding, among other things.  

Treasurer: MAP grant should be priority

By Jackie Nevarez | September 3, 2015

Ill. Treasurer Mike Frerichs said it is the responsibility of both Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly to step up and pass a budget so educational funding may be dispersed.“The way our government is set up, no one has a monopoly. We don’t have...

Storify: Ill. Treasurer Mike Frerichs talks college, MAP funding with NIU, DeKalb community leaders

By Northern Star staff | August 31, 2015

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Drinking immunity bill awaits approval

By Alexander Chettiath | July 13, 2015

A bill that would give immunity to underage drinking violators is awaiting approval from Gov. Bruce Rauner to become law.The bill, drafted by Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood), allows minors to call for help in situations of overconsumption of alcohol without...

Pritchard: Ill. budget unlikely before July

By Alex Chettiath | June 22, 2015

Construction of the Stevens Building may come to a halt June 30 as state budget issues continue to be problematic for NIU.Illinois legislators started sending budget bills to Gov. Bruce Rauner for approval Wednesday; however, Rep. Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley)...

Egyptian Theatre to hold screening of ‘@home’

By Northern Star staff | March 31, 2015

The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., will hold a screening of “@home” at 7 p.m. April 7.The one-hour documentary film “@home” follows social activist Mark Horvath across the United States while he observes and interviews people suffering from...