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Pass/fail: Languages dep. gets grant, Quinn to dance around law

By Shaz Sheikhali | February 5, 2014

PassIt looks like alumni do care about things other than fancy buildings and attending football games.According to today’s Northern Star article, alumnus Ralph Strozza is, for the second time, donating SDL Trados Studio licenses for the Foreign Language...

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers the State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday in Springfield

Quinn has big plans for students

By Jackie Nevarez | January 30, 2014

Gov. Pat Quinn delivered the State of the State Wednesday, an address filled with ambitious promises to lay the foundation for a better Illinois.His goals, although commendable and attainable, lack crucial elements that would benefit students.Education...


Gov. Quinn delivers annual budget address

By Joe Palmer and Kelly Bauer | February 22, 2012

Gov. Pat Quinn delivered his annual budget address Wednesday, which included a proposal for a $50 million increase in Monetary Award Program (MAP) funding.The address outlined the state’s 2013 budget and included changes and cuts to the state’s spending...


University Council discusses Gov. Quinn’s budget speech

By Kelly Bauer | February 22, 2012

At Wednesday’s University Council meeting, the council voted on four items after NIU President John Peters discussed Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget speech. Peters expressed support for Quinn’s proposed $50 million increase to Monetary Award Program (MAP)...

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...

Online sales taxes have positive and negative effects

Online sales taxes have positive and negative effects

By Portia Kerr Newman | April 11, 2011

Illinois' implementation of an online sales tax has its benefits and drawbacks. When I initially heard about Gov. Pat Quinn's plan, it frustrated me as someone who likes to occasionally shop online. While there are several states that pay online taxes,...

Pat Quinn speaks with reporters in his office at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. Quinn recently singed a ban against the death penalty in Illinois.

No Death Penalty in William Curl trial

By Junae Bennet | March 20, 2011

DeKALB | Prosecutors were considering seeking the death penalty against William Curl, the DeKalb man accused of murdering NIU student Antinette Keller. But that is no longer the case. On Wednesday, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a bill that abolished...

Gov. Quinn cancels NIU visit, 3 other Ill. universities

By Northern Star Staff | October 18, 2010

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn has cancelled his trip to the NIU campus as well as three other Illinois universities scheduled for today. Brenna Conway, college coordinator of Quinn’s campaign, said Quinn also canceled trips to the University of Illinois at Chicago,...