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University Council to address concerns from students with disabilities

By Kelly Bauer | March 21, 2012

During Wednesday’s University Council meeting, Greg Long said students with disabilities have come to him with troubling news. Long, NIU Chair of the Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities, reported that professors have publicly disclosed...

State Senator Christine Johnson

Winnebago county ballot issues delay state senator results

By Joe Palmer | March 21, 2012

State Senator Christine Johnson was “not quite ready to concede” after a ballot issue in Winnebago county caused delays. Johnson (R-Shabbona) held a results viewing party at the Jane Fargo Hotel, 355 W, State St Sycamore, Tuesday night. The event...

Romney takes Illinois presidential primary

Romney takes Illinois presidential primary

By Joe Palmer | March 21, 2012

Romney’s campaign rolled through Illinois and took home the prize. The Illinois presidential primary took place Tuesday with Mitt Romney extending his delegate lead in a victory over challenger Rick Santorum. The two took home the majority of Illinois’...

Representative Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley) speaks with a group of
NIU students during Wednesdays March on Springfield. The students
asked Pritchard questions about why the state has delayed paying
NIU the money it owes the university.

Students rally in Springfield to support MAP grant funding

By Kelly Bauer | October 26, 2011

College students need grant money, and they're willing to fight for it. NIU students marched on Illinois' capitol Wednesday, intent on gaining support for increased - or, at least, a stabilization - of monetary award program (MAP) grant funding. Delonte...

Gov. Quinn promises to veto gambling bill after Ill. pastors send protest letter

Gov. Quinn promises to veto gambling bill after Ill. pastors send protest letter

By Thomas Verschelde | October 25, 2011

Senior Pastor Jon Hutchison of the United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St., said gambling expansion in Illinois is not a good way to raise money for the state. A gambling expansion bill caused great controversy in Illinois, leading hundreds of pastors across...

Muhammad Mustafa, owner of Smokers World, 818 W. Lincoln
Highway, holds up a canister of Purple Magic.

Puffing Purple Magic

By Dan Martynowicz | October 19, 2011

Over the past two years, several bills passed through the Illinois state government banning synthetic Marijuana, yet the drugs remain on store shelves. Rep. Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley) said the problem lies with both FBI regulations and the producers of...

The Associated Press: Pat Quinn talks with reporters outside the
James R. Thompson Center in Chicago.

State-run facility shutdowns will leave nearly 2,000 people jobless

By Thomas Verschelde | September 27, 2011

About 2,000 people will lose their jobs as a result of a recent shutdown of state-run facilities. Gov. Pat Quinn said he was forced to cut state-run mental health centers in order for Illinois to stay within budget and blamed the Illinois General Assembly...

State funds may soon depend on graduation rates

By Felix Sarver | September 6, 2011

A portion of NIU's state funding may soon be dependent on how many graduates it produces. The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) is working with colleges and universities to establish measurements of performance for funding. Performance funding...

Blagojevich convicted on 17 counts of corruption; state rep. and NIU professor weigh in

By Kyla Gardner | June 27, 2011

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted Monday afternoon of 17 counts of corruption and related charges, including trying to sell or exchange President Barack Obama's former senate seat. Guilty verdicts on 10 counts of wire fraud, one count...

DeKalb Public Library celebrates 80th anniversary

By Alex Fiore | February 9, 2011

The DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., is hosting an open house Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. to celebrate its 80th anniversary as the Haish Memorial Library. After DeKalb resident Jacob Haish died in 1926, he left $150,000 to the library, said Katherine Keyes,...