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Obama calls for budget compromise

Obama calls for budget compromise

By Seth Perlman | February 11, 2016

President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One and departs Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield on Wednesday. Obama returned to his political birthplace with a plea to a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly for better politics. Gov. Bruce Rauner has said the state is in a slow death spiral because Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan cares more about protecting a privileged political class.

Redshirt senior quarterback Jordan Lynch carries the ball against Purdue Sep. 28 in West Lafayette, Ind. Lynch threw for 2,892 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for 1,920 yards and 23 touchdowns in his Heisman campaign.

5 Things to Know Today: Jan. 15, 2014

By Northern Star Staff | January 15, 2015

1. Jordan Lynch signs with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.2. Obama calls upon Congress, states and cities to create paid leave measures for millions of workers.3. Free climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson complete a 19-day...

Pass/Fail: Obama supports net neutrality; Bottled water not poor choice

By Taylor Reese | November 13, 2014

Pass: Obama supports net neutralityNet neutrality is an issue every student should support because it keeps big businesses from taking over the speed of the Internet.Private companies wish to restrict Internet speed for financial gain and make customers...

Opinions have no place in news coverage

By Holly New | October 17, 2012

This is the end. Almost. Election season is reaching its conclusion: The American voter population is probably making final decisions, and with only one presidential debate left, there isn’t much time left for candidates to sway voters. Unfortunately,...

Mandate says healthcare requirement a tax

By Felix Sarver | July 9, 2012

One of the more contested provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was the individual mandate. The mandate requires every American to get health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a “crucial”...

In Focus: Why is our government broken?

By Aaron Brooks | October 20, 2011

Aaron Brooks Columnist Our government is broken because it does not work for the 99 percent of Americans but for corporations and the wealthy. As reported by CBS News in November 2009, a report by The Center for Responsible Politics found 44 percent of...

Lupe Fiasco performs for a crowd at the NIU Convocation Center
Tuesday night. Fiascos stop in DeKalb was part of his Lasers

Fiasco at Convocation Center: Rapper draws a crowd at campus arena

By Aurora Schnorr | October 5, 2011

Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known as Lupe Fiasco, rocked the NIU Convocation Center Tuesday night.The arena was packed with fans as Fiasco took the stage to perform songs from his new album Lasers. But the show wasn't all about Lasers.The tour marks...

In Focus: Should Congressmen tweet during presidential speeches?

September 8, 2011

Aaron Brooks Columnist Congressmen should not tweet during presidential speeches; it is disrespectful. Congressmen, you have not been elected by a majority of the American people, so even though you think you are better qualified to speak on such matters,...

Michelle Bachmann can not solve America’s gas crisis

By Jack Baker | August 24, 2011

Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann recently promised that if she was elected, she would lower the price of gas to less than $2.00 per gallon. This campaign promise was a little strange to me, because as of the last time I checked, the power...

Obama faces a no-win situation with Libya

By Dave Thomas | March 28, 2011

President Barack Obama laid out his plan for U.S. intervention in Libya in a speech Monday night. And while I don't think it will be a speech that historians will cherry pick for quotes, I have come to the realization that he has said everything he could...

Young people are not politically apathetic

Young people are not politically apathetic

By Logan Short | March 2, 2011

There is no doubt in my mind that younger people are some of the least motivated or educated when it comes to politics. Are they willfully avoiding politics, though? I don't think so. Younger people are just that; they are young. It takes a while for...

Public safety must be the main concern when discussing gun laws

By Logan Short | January 26, 2011

The story of Jared Loughner reminded me of Steven Kazmierczak. After reports came out that the man charged with the Tucson shooting had been kicked out of Pima Community College until he could provide documents from a mental health specialist indicating...