Interior of the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield

NIU students create potential bill amendment targeting disorderly conduct near funerals

In 2006, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed the “Let Them Rest in Peace Act,” which prevents the disruption of funerals or memorial services with disorderly conduct. Now, with the help of 17 NIU students and one class project, House Bill 180

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Diane Nilan and Laura Vazquez

Documentary by NIU’s Laura Vazquez wins top honors from Broadcast Education Association

A documentary directed by NIU communication professor Laura Vazquez has taken top honors in the prestigious 2011 Broadcast Education Association’s (BEA) Festival of Media Arts. Vazquez spent four years working with Diane Nilan, a nationally known advocate for the homeless, to tell the

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