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Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson smiles during a meeting with Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., in his office at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, March 29, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Brown Jackson, more than just the high court’s first Black woman nominee

By Joey Trella, Marketing Team Coordinator | March 31, 2022
Kentaji Brown Jackson is the first Black woman to be nominated for the Supreme Court. Her hearing concluded March 24.
Illinois Judge Robert Adrian threw away Drew Clintons conviction of sexual assault. He said that five months was enough punishment for the teenager.

Drew Clinton’s overturn is a loss for sexual abuse survivors

By Summer Fitzgerald | January 19, 2022
Drew Clinton was let off far too easily for a crime that was so severe and impactful.

Oscar nominations lack diversity

By Jacob Baker | January 20, 2020

The highlight of the 2010 Oscars was when female director Kathryn Bigelow took home a total of six awards for her film “The Hurt Locker” and became the first woman to win best director. In 2010, the academy featured diversity in it’s selections,...

The arson, murder charges against a 9-year-old boy are more complicated than they seem

By Kennedy Jones | November 8, 2019

Kyle Alwood, a 9-year-old boy from Eureka, Illinois, is being charged with five counts of first-degree murder and various counts of arson after intentionally setting his family home on fire and killing five people in April. The fire started at approximately...

Wealthy families are unfairly taking scholarship money from other students

Wealthy families are unfairly taking scholarship money from other students

By Ryan Wyrobek | August 27, 2019

College is a large financial burden that many families struggle to pay for, which is why it is so unfair that wealthy families have crafted a way for their children to take financial aid from those who truly do not have the necessary funding to attend...

Women rise in primary elections

Women rise in primary elections

By Ginger Simons | October 28, 2018

More women than ever are running for office this midterm season, and this “Pink Wave” is an encouraging sign women may be one step closer to achieving equal representation in Congress, regardless of political party.In 2017 a number of women’s issues...

Board of Trustees carelessness comes at heavy costs

Board of Trustee’s carelessness comes at heavy costs

By Editorial Board | April 19, 2018

 The Northern Star Editorial Board finds the outcome of the NIU Board of Trustees vs Misty Haji-Sheikh case to be costly and unnecessarily difficult when compared to a lawsuit filed by Sid Kincaid in 2016.Sid Kincaid, former Student Association senator,...

Lawyer, judge to discuss William Curl’s plea deal

By Northern Star Staff | April 1, 2013

Lawyers are discussing a plea agreement today for William “Billy” Curl, the man accused of murdering freshman Antinette “Toni” Keller in 2010. Attorneys plan to meet in Judge Robbin Stuckert’s chambers. If convicted of murder, Curl faces between...

Ron Matekaitis, associate judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit,
announced at the Hopkins Park Terrace room Wednesday afternoon that
he will be running for circuit court judge in the March

Ron Matekaitis announces candidacy for circuit court judge

November 10, 2011

Ron Matekaitis, associate judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit, announced Wednesday he is seeking election as a circuit court judge.Matekaitis served as a DeKalb alderman for eight years, a DeKalb County Board member for four years and as an attorney for...

Judge T. Jordan Gallagher dies at age 63

By Dave Gong | June 28, 2011

Clay Campbell, DeKalb County State's Attorney, said Judge T. Jordan Gallagher was a giant within Illinois legal circles who was first and, foremost, a friend to people. Gallagher, 63, died Saturday at Edward Hospital & Health Services in Naperville....

Unity in Diversity speech competition to celebrate cultural differences

By Shaun Zinck and Amy Kreeger | November 7, 2010

The Unity in Diversity Team is hosting "Celebrating our Differences Together," an event on campus to increase awareness of cultural and racial differences tonight at 7 p.m. at the Holmes Student Center. "The students who compete come from a variety of...