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Rauner to give budget address

By Northern Star staff | February 17, 2016

A bill will give Gov. Bruce Rauner the spending authority to honor his commitment to students in regard to the Monetary Award Program, however, it does not require the him to spend the money, according to the Illinois’ State Senate website.The Illinois...

Baker: Employees will not see immediate cuts

By Scott Nicol | February 15, 2016

Despite more than 200 positions remaining unfilled since September, NIU faculty and staff are not in immediate danger of being laid off because of the state budget impasse.Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Fiscal Year 2016 proposed budget includes a reduction in...

Rep. Pritchard sponsors bill to help higher education’s ‘financial crisis’

By Alexander Chettiath | February 4, 2016

Correction: The Northern Star incorrectly reported that Keisha Dyson, director of Marketing and Communications at Governors State University, said Governors State University cannot plan for summer 2016 and fall 2016 without a reasonable operating budget.Dyson...

Task force to volunteer ten programs for elimination

By Alexander Chettiath | January 19, 2016

Ten undisclosed academic programs have been volunteered for elimination after an initial review of the program prioritization reports.Program prioritization, which began in 2014 after a recommendation from the Higher Learning Commission, uses task forces...

Storify: Gov. Bruce Rauner and top legislators meet for budget talk

By Northern Star staff | December 1, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner met with top legislators including House Speaker Michael Madigan and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin on Tuesday to resume talks about the Illinois budget impasse, which has entered its fifth month. [View the story "Gov. Rauner and...

Legislators, Rauner must compromise

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 30, 2015

Northern Star Editorial BoardThe most important word that should be on the minds of legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner when they meet Tuesday is compromise.Their passive-aggressive, five-month silence over a workable state budget has cost NIU nearly $10...

A man lights a candle which forms a peace sign during a candlelight vigil for the Paris attacks Wednesday in the town square of Molenbeek, Belgium. After a Wednesday morning raid in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis, authorities could not immediately confirm whether Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian Islamic State militant, was killed or arrested. Both Abaaoud and the Abdeslam brothers, that also participated in the attacks, grew up in the same neighborhood of Molenbeek. 

Students to hold vigil for terror attack victims

By Northern Star staff | November 18, 2015

NIU students will hold a candle light vigil Thursday for the victims of recent terror attacks in several countries.More than 300 people have died in terror attacks this year in Beirut, Kenya and France, the latter of which occurred Friday. Anne Seitzinger,...

Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to members of the press during a visit to campus Oct. 29.

Rauner temporarily suspends accepting Syrian refugees

By Northern Star staff | November 16, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner has temporarily suspended accepting Syrian refugees in the wake of the attacks in Paris that have claimed more than 120 lives.“Our nation and our state have a shared history of providing safe haven for those displaced by conflict,...

Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks at the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Dinner and State of the County event Thursday in the Holmes Student Center, Duke Ellington Ballroom. Rauner spoke to DeKalb business leaders about cutting regulations that stagnate local business growth. “This is one of the best locations in America to build business,” Rauner said.

Rauner unmoved in budget fight

By Keith Hernandez | November 2, 2015

More than a couple hundred voices didn’t budge Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday, but not because he couldn’t hear them.Rauner, about 20 pounds lighter than he was in January, said during a visit to NIU he will stay the course on his refusal to continue...

Gov. visits for wrong reason

Gov. visits for wrong reason

By Dennis Muxlow | November 2, 2015

It was in poor taste for Gov. Bruce Rauner to attend a dinner celebrating the economic success of DeKalb while many in this community, including a large portion of students, are being hurt due to his and the General Assembly’s refusal to pass a budget.Rauner...

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...