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Jazz at the Egyptian enchanted audience Saturday

By Jamie O'Toole | January 28, 2020

At the fourth annual Jazz at the Egyptian show four local jazz groups rocked the stage, allowing composers like Duke Ellington to live on.Jazz in Progress, the Sycamore High School Jazz Ensemble, the DeKalb High School Jazz Ensemble and the NIU Jazz Orchestra...

Letter to the editor: criminal justice for minors

By Matt Karstens | October 23, 2019

Letters to the editor are the the author's opinion alone Illinois Takes a Positive Step Forward in Criminal Justice for Minors HB 351, signed into law by Gov. Pritzker and became effective June 1, is a step in the right direction for Illinois by providing...

Impending emissions regulations could have real consequences

Impending emissions regulations could have real consequences

By Jordan Radloff | September 27, 2019

The California state government announced in a Sept. 18 news conference that it would be filing a lawsuit against the federal government to protect its right to set vehicle emission standards. This was a result of the Trump administration’s announcement...

Cannabis market could aid DeKalb

By Payton Higgins | September 22, 2019

DeKalb’s decision to allow the cannabis market into the county could ultimately revitalize DeKalb’s economy and NIU’s appeal to current and prospective students.The DeKalb City Council met Sept. 9 for a Committee of the Whole meeting, where it discussed...

Democratic candidate for state representative pushes for bipartisan collaboration

By Dan Doren, News Reporter | September 6, 2019

Paul Stoddard, a DeKalb County Board member running for state representative of the 70th Illinois House district in 2020, had his campaign kick-off event 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 720 Somonauk Street in Sycamore. There, Stoddard gave a speech on his reasons...

This Feb. 17, 2016 file photo shows marijuana plants at a home in Honolulu. A growing majority of Americans say marijuana should be legal, underscoring a national shift as more states embrace cannabis for medical or recreational use. Illinois lawmakers working to legalize recreational marijuana have hit a potential snag: whether to allow people to grow a few pot plants for personal use. The 10 states that have legalized recreational marijuana have different home grow rules, with Michigan allowing individuals to grow as many as 12 plants and Washington state not allowing them to grow any. Home grow opponents say it fuels the black market. Proponents say people should be able to grow it if businesses sell it. (AP Photo/Marina Riker, File)

Recreational marijuana legislation passes Illinois General Assembly, to go to governor

By Associated Press | May 31, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on action in the Illinois General Assembly (all times local):2:35 p.m.The Illinois House has sent Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker another victory by voting to legalize recreational marijuana use.The 66-47 tally Friday...

Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker, (center) talks Dec. 13 with President Donald Trump during a meeting with newly elected governors in the Cabinet Room of the White House. 

Pritzker plans to allocate additional $50M to MAP grant funding

By Kierra Frazier | March 31, 2019

Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker, (center) talks Dec. 13 with President Donald Trump during a meeting with newly elected governors in the Cabinet Room of the White House. 

Point/Counterpoint: wage hike

Point/Counterpoint: wage hike

By Ashley Hines | March 4, 2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker passed legislation Feb. 19 to gradually increase minimum wage to $15 by 2025. This is the first state-wide increase since 2010. The perspective staff weighs in on the potential impact of the increase.Increase bodes well for part-time...

MAP grant funding was much needed

MAP grant funding was much needed

By Ashley Hines | March 1, 2019

It is imperative Illinois policy-makers continue prioritizing higher education since it will help not only students, but the recovering economy as well.Illinois high school graduates over the past decade have been choosing to attend out-of-state colleges...

Common Core needs to be revamped

By Noah Thornburgh | February 14, 2019

If education is about raising humans, then the Common Core needs a revamp. Otherwise, the next generation may be more machine than man.The Common Core State Standards Initiative started in 2010 as a way to promote country-wide learning standards for K-12...

Pritzker plans to conquer higher education struggle by targeting enrollment

By Sophia Mullowney | January 28, 2019

DeKALB — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has plans for addressing enrollment in higher education, and students can anticipate an increase in financial aid opportunities.The governor announced a threefold plan for Illinois education reform, targeting increasing college...

Residents should remain receptive to gun laws

By Ashley Hines | January 23, 2019

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed bipartisan legislation providing increased state surveillance over Illinois firearm retailers and combating illegal gun trafficking on Jan. 17. For Illinois residents, the bill represents the first step in a string of much...