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Once Upon A Time Child Care, 1778 W State St #C, In Sycamore is licensed by the Department of Child and Family Services to care for 78 children, age 6 weeks to kindergarten.

Childcare providers face financial hardship

By Mary Diamond | May 6, 2012

Payday will not be coming until July 1 for many child care providers in Illinois. State funding has been exhausted for programs that subsidize childcare for low-income working parents. With no resources to cover the gap, day care centers and in-home providers...

Mike Nichols, junior visual communications major, and Matt Frierdich, junior English major, co-owners of the GoDog Gourmet Hot Dogs cart bring competition to the Huddle Restaurant cart in the MLK Commons Monday afternoon.

Hotdog stands compete for pedestrian customers

By Mary Diamond | April 29, 2012

Lunch options for pedestrians on campus are about to get a lot more interesting. For 20 years there has been a cart selling hotdogs by the side of Lucinda near the MLK commons; on Monday, April 18, there were two. New business owner Mohammed Labadi said...

End of world dating sites draw in survivalists

End of world dating sites draw in survivalists

By Mary Diamond | April 24, 2012

It may be the end of the world as we know it - but you don’t have to face it alone. With the last recorded Mayan calendar cycle approaching its final day on December 21 of this year, survivalists who believe that late 2012 will bring catastrophic change...

NIU students, staff assist English-language learners through ROAR program

NIU students, staff assist English-language learners through ROAR program

By Mary Diamond | April 24, 2012

Learning to read in English can be difficult for children who grew up speaking another language. English-language learners (ELLs) in DeKalb public schools are receiving help from NIU students and staff. The Reaching Out through Art and Reading (ROAR)...

State parks, forest preserves may impose annual fees

By Mary Diamond | April 23, 2012

Illinois residents may soon be paying annual fees to visit state parks and forest preserves. Passed by the House of Representatives in March, House Bill 5789 (HB 5789) was assigned to the Senate revenue committee last week. The bill would allow state...

Concealed-carry law returns to Ill. General Assembly

By Mary Diamond | April 8, 2012

If you’re reading this in the state of Illinois, the person next to you is not carrying a concealed weapon - at least, not legally. The Family and Personal Protection Act (HB0148), failed to pass in the Illinois General Assembly by 6 votes last year,...

Hope Haven helps organize art show

By Mary Diamond | April 8, 2012

An upcoming opening at The Art Box Sunday will feature photography and poetry from young artists with a unique perspective on life. Six residents of Hope Haven, 1145 Rushmoore Drive, DeKalb’s transitional housing shelter for homeless families, have...

The Dark Side of Facebook: Study finds correlation between social media activities and narcissim

By Mary Diamond | April 1, 2012

With 845 million monthly users as of December 2011, Facebook is a social media trend that has touched more lives than just about any other website. So many people interacting in one virtual place has researchers looking for correlations between Facebook...

Katie Gauthier, program coordinator for NIU administered study abroad programs, helps Alecia Eschenbrenner sign forms in preparation for a study abroad program.

Students should take care to safely study abroad

By Mary Diamond | March 20, 2012

Students should begin planning their trips well in advance and take advantage of online resources available for traveling safely, according to the Study Abroad office website. Students interested in studying abroad this summer have until April 16 to apply...

New legislation may change voter identification requirements

By Mary Diamond | March 19, 2012

Voters in Illinois may be required to show photo identification at the polls on election day, if current legislation is passed. SB2496 was introduced by Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter in October of 2011 and is co-sponsored by 15 other republican...

Say It Out Loud aims for mental health dialogue

By Mary Diamond | March 4, 2012

The Say It Out Loud grant, recently awarded to NIU’s Counseling Adult and Higher Education department, was created to encourage communities in Illinois to start talking about mental illness. The grants will fund the statewide project by the same name... ‘Spin Detectors’ checks campaign material

By Mary Diamond | February 26, 2012

American voters today are inundated with campaign slogans and statistics from candidates for political office. With so much information being released all over the media, it can be difficult to separate truth from fiction. On Feb. 13, the Annenberg Public...