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

Gov. Bruce Rauner

By Hayley Montalvo | November 2, 2015

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

NIU credit rating down

By Alexander Chettiath | October 29, 2015

NIU and three other Illinois universities saw a downgrade in their credit ratings on Monday because of their “high reliance on the State of Illinois for operating funding,” according to a report issued by Moody’s Investor Services.Moody’s is a...

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...

Faculty Senate: Fund MAP grants

By Jackie Nevarez | October 26, 2015

Faculty Senate will propose a resolution to Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state legislature to urge an end to the budget impasse and fund Monetary Assistance Program grants.The resolution, which is set to be proposed at a Wednesday meeting, addresses Rauner’s...

Pass: 1st Homecoming show in 9 years, Fail: Rauner should speak with students

By Sabreena Saleem | October 26, 2015

Pass:It’s been way too long since NIU has held a Homecoming concert. The university used to hold annual Homecoming concerts at the Convocation Center. Friday’s was the first one since 2006 when rapper Chingy performed with singer Tyrese and rapper...

Letter to the Editor: MAP grant funding not Gov.’s fault

By Paul Mandigo | October 22, 2015

To the Northern Star Editorial Board,I read with interest the editorial that encouraged students to attend the SA rally to make their voices heard to Gov. [Bruce] Rauner regarding [Monetary Assistance Program] funding issues. I am very sympathetic to...

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks at a news conference in the James R. Thompson Centers 16-story glass-paneled atrium Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Chicago. Rauner announced he wants to hold a public auction to sell the Thompson Center, which houses state government offices in downtown Chicago, calling the building ineffective and a very wasteful, very inefficient use of space. He said selling the building and moving state workers elsewhere could save the state between $6 million and $12 million annually. 

Editorial: Students should speak up at SA rally

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 15, 2015

Students should attend the Student Association Senate rally for Gov. Bruce Rauner’s visit to NIU on Oct. 29 to have their voices heard regarding MAP grant funding.Monetary Assistance Program grants, which help fund education for college and university...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

By The Associated Press | October 15, 2015

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner gives a thumbs up outside his polling place at Sacred Heart Center in Winnetka on Election Day, Tuesday.

Cherilyn Murer, Board of Trustees member, talks about the importance of using art in the process of bettering campus life on March 27. 

Board of Trustees passes $389M interim budget

By Jackie Nevarez | September 21, 2015

The Board of Trustees has approved an interim $389 million budget for Fiscal Year 2016, due to the lack of an appropriation from the state.NIU President Doug Baker said it is an unusual situation that a budget has not been set at this time, as it usually...

NIU President Doug Baker (left); Allan Phillips, vice president of Administration and Finance; Eric Weldy, vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management; Admissions Director Dani Rollins; and Lisa Freeman, executive vice president and provost, discuss state funding, falling enrollment and program prioritization during a town hall meeting Sept. 2 in the Student Holmes Center, Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Baker said NIU will find alternatives for the State Employees Group Insurance Program who will have to pay out of pocket for medical claims.

NIU leaders talk enrollment, state funding issues

By Keith Hernandez | September 3, 2015

NIU President Doug Baker and four administrators updated an audience of more than 100 community members, faculty, staff and students on funding cuts, falling enrollment and program prioritization during a town hall meeting Monday.Among the individuals...

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,...