Real murder case inspires alum to write novel

Peter Gallanis
NIU alumnus Peter Gallanis has published his first novel, “The Reporter: Part 1 – Rise and Fall,” which was inspired by events connected to the 1993 massacre at a Brown’s Chicken restaurant in suburban Palatine. The story features Nic Pappas, a young investigative reporter, who is assigned the first day on the job to cover a cold murder case,…

Illinois Bar Foundation awards post-grad fellowship to NIU Law alumna

Alexis Simmons
The Illinois Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, has awarded one of its inaugural post graduate legal fellowships to Alexis Simmons, a 2014 graduate of NIU College of Law. Simmons will work at the school’s Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford, beginning in August. The foundation launched its post graduate legal fellowships program…

Alumni spread love of art in shows, class

Tammy Kordik is making art contagious with her students.
What’s in the water? Passersby have noticed that wooden arches have popped up in the Illinois and Michigan Canal near Ninth Street in Lockport. John Siblik, a Lemont native and alumnus of Northern Illinois University, banded branches together to make these 101 sculptures, which extend a half mile in the water as part of Lockport’s annual Summer…

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