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History, progress to decide allocations

By Northern Star staff | March 30, 2015

Rep. Bob Pritchard, R-Hinckley said the next step in determining the state budget allocations to higher education is to look at the history and progress of universities.NIU was one of the last universities to testify in front of the Illinois House Appropriations-Higher...

Sadie Lang, 4, of Sycamore, plays at the sand table Friday at Campus Child Care. The center “predominately” serves student families, said Christine Kipp, director of NIU Campus Child Care.

Illinois childcare providers at risk of shutdown due to $300 million shortfall

By Alexander Chettiath | March 2, 2015

Valarie Redmond, graduate counseling student and single mother, said she doesn’t know what she’ll do if childcare providers in DeKalb County close due to a budget shortfall.Redmond is one of at least 200 NIU students using the Department of Human...

Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his budget proposal to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers Wednesday in Springfield. Rauner’s proposal calls for a $387 million cut to higher education funding, which would amount to a $29.3 million cut in funding to NIU.

NIU officials worried Rauner’s proposed $29.3M funding cut would mean layoffs

By Kelly Bauer | February 19, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget calls for state allocation to NIU to be cut by $29.3 million.NIU was allocated about $93 million for Fiscal Year 2015, but that would be cut to about $64 million under Rauner’s proposal. The $93 million represented about...

State laws to be discussed at town hall

By Shikha Duttyal | April 22, 2014

Rep. Bob Pritchard, R-Hinckley, will talk with locals about state law and taxes at a Kiwanis Club Town Hall Meeting Monday.The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the DeKalb Elks Club, 209 S. Annie Glidden Road. The Kiwanis Club, which has about 40 members,...

NIU no fan of pension deal

NIU no fan of pension deal

By Kelly Bauer | December 4, 2013

NIU wanted a resolution to the state’s pension crisis, but it doesn’t like the one it got in a controversial reform bill that passed the General Assembly Tuesday.The measure will reduce and, in some instances, skip cost-of-living increases and push...

Pension concerns shown at legislator, faculty forum

By KeAndre Worthy | November 21, 2013

About 400 faculty and staff, active and retired, gathered Wednesday in the Holmes Student Center to discuss pension reform with state legislators.Representatives Tom Demmer and Bob Pritchard and Senator Dave Syverson attended to get the peoples’ perspectives...

During the open discussion portion of a March 7, 2012, meeting on pension reform, Michael Peddle, assistant dean of academic administration, suggested the state start taxing all pensions in Illinois.

Professors, legislators to meet for pension forum

By James Bartley | November 20, 2013

A town hall-style forum with state legislators on pension reform will be held at noon today in the Holmes Student Center’s Carl Sandburg Auditorium.Representatives Bob Pritchard, Tom Demmer and Mike Fortner will be in attendance, as will Steve Cunningham,...

Governor to sign same-sex marriage bill Wednesday

By Stoney Stone | November 19, 2013

Gov. Pat Quinn will sign the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act Wednesday amid conflicting views.The bill will allow same-sex couples the right to wed as soon as June 1, and the signing will be open to the public. Local politicians opposed the...

University copes with state funding cuts

By Rachel Scaman | October 31, 2013

The university has made up that difference by increasing tuition and increasing efficiency.NIU President Doug Baker said his administration is doing a number of things to try and change this, like separating the facilities and human resources activities...

NIU President Doug Baker (right) speaks with an NIU guide at Gilbert Hall during move-in day.

Rain can’t dampen spirits of students on move-in day (kind of)

By Kelly Bauer | August 22, 2013

A little advice for students moving in Thursday: Bring an umbrella.Move-in day featured frequent, heavy rains, and the effects of it split Huskies: guide Jose Hurtado, a junior electrical engineering major, said the weather "kinda kills the mood," while...

Pension decision yet to made by Legislature

By Ali Combs | July 23, 2013

Past deadline and without pay, the General Assembly has yet to come to a decision in regard to pension reform.With Illinois state employees’ salaries frozen and pension plans up in the air, a conference committee has been set up to more efficiently...

NIU names Doug Baker new president

By Kelly Bauer and Jessi Haish & Robert Baird | April 2, 2013

Doug Baker has been named NIU's new president. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve Baker's appointment at a meeting today. There was no discussion. Baker said he wanted NIU to have student-focused excellence, research excellence and financial...