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Upcoming events: week of Oct. 7

Upcoming events: week of Oct. 7

By Northern Star Staff | October 6, 2019

MondayBoard of Trustees Professor Seminar: Ross Powell, Board of Trustees professor of geology and environmental geosciences, will give a seminar on NIU’s research into climate change 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room....

Editorial: State’s issues will directly affect students

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 8, 2014

Life at NIU is going to change, and those changes will affect students the most.NIU has planned an $11.6 million budget cut should Illinois’ income tax hikes come to an end. Simultaneously, an estimated 20 percent of NIU’s employees will retire at...

NIU no fan of pension deal

NIU no fan of pension deal

By Kelly Bauer | December 4, 2013

NIU wanted a resolution to the state’s pension crisis, but it doesn’t like the one it got in a controversial reform bill that passed the General Assembly Tuesday.The measure will reduce and, in some instances, skip cost-of-living increases and push...

Senator Dillon Domke told the Student Association Senate at its meeting Sunday that he wants to focus on increasing student involvement as a way to improve NIU’s retention rate. Domke was elected as the spring Senate speaker.

Domke takes Senate’s top spot

By Shaz Sheikhali | November 25, 2013

Dillon Domke was elected as the spring Student Association Senate speaker at the group’s Sunday meeting.Domke took 17 votes to beat Senator Ben Donovan’s 12 votes and Senator Alonte Holliday’s two votes. Senators Brandon Phillips and Cassie Dodd...

Student Association Speaker James Zanayed speaks at an Oct. 6 Student Association Senate meeting in the Holmes Student Centers Skyroom. The Student Association will hold elections during this Sundays meeting.

SA Senate seeks new speaker in elections

By Shaz Sheikhali | November 21, 2013

The Student Association Senate will review five candidates as it looks to elect a speaker Sunday.The SA Senate will elect its next speaker during its meeting at 6 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center. Board of Trustees members like chair John Butler and...

Pension concerns shown at legislator, faculty forum

By KeAndre Worthy | November 21, 2013

About 400 faculty and staff, active and retired, gathered Wednesday in the Holmes Student Center to discuss pension reform with state legislators.Representatives Tom Demmer and Bob Pritchard and Senator Dave Syverson attended to get the peoples’ perspectives...

During the open discussion portion of a March 7, 2012, meeting on pension reform, Michael Peddle, assistant dean of academic administration, suggested the state start taxing all pensions in Illinois.

Professors, legislators to meet for pension forum

By James Bartley | November 20, 2013

A town hall-style forum with state legislators on pension reform will be held at noon today in the Holmes Student Center’s Carl Sandburg Auditorium.Representatives Bob Pritchard, Tom Demmer and Mike Fortner will be in attendance, as will Steve Cunningham,...

Student Association (SA) Senator Mike Theodore (left), James Zanayed (center), new SA Senate Speaker, and Senator Kelsey Shockey (right) enjoy a meal after the SA held its last meeting of the semester Sunday at the Campus Life Building, Room 100.

SA Senate welcomes new speaker

By Felix Sarver | December 9, 2012

The Student Association (SA) Senate welcomed a new speaker at a meeting Sunday. SA Senate Speaker Austin Quick, who’s served in the SA since 2009, passed the torch to former Senator James Zanayed. He was sworn into his new role by John Jones III, SA...

Demmer beats out Boken in 90th District

Demmer beats out Boken in 90th District

By Maria Ahmad | November 6, 2012

The 90th district elected Republican Tom Demmer as its new state representative, defeating Democrat Tom Boken by 24 percent. Ninety-two percent of  precincts were accounted for by 11:40 p.m. election night, with 62.1 percent of the votes for Demmer...

Tom Demmer

Election Profile: Illinois State Representative 90th District

By Joe Palmer | October 29, 2012

Illinois State Representative - 90th District Tom Demmer Party: Republican Age: 26 Hometown: Dixon Education: Bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Dayton Career: Director of marketing and strategic planning at KSB Hospital Main...


Brady endorses Demmer for State Rep.

By Kelly Bauer | March 18, 2012

Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) endorsed Tom Demmer for State Representative during a stop in DeKalb County Tuesday. Demmer is the Director of Strategic Planning and Government Relations at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital in Dixon. Brady said the state...

Candidate profiles: State representative 90th district

By Joe Palmer | February 19, 2012

Name: Liandro "Li" Arellano Affliation: Republican Hometown: Dixon Occupation: Small business owner/Soldier - U.S. Army Reserves Qualifications: Self-employed business owner/entrepreneur Platform: Balance Illinois budget, end corruption in state government...