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Volunteers are needed to judge student papers or projects for the 52nd annual Northern Illinois Regional History Fair, scheduled Saturday, March 1, 2014, on campus. Each year, students in middle school and high school write research papers, design websites, create exhibits and documentaries and performing original skits that deal with topics of Illinois history. In...
Doug Baker
The fall veto session of the Illinois General Assembly is under way and, with it, many pending issues that will have a critical impact on NIU, public higher education in Illinois and the overall management of the state. Today I have been meeting with legislators and Gov. Pat Quinn to advocate for higher education funding...
Book cover of “Snakewoman of Little Egypt”
Through a recent NPR News story, listeners to WNIJ (89.5 FM) got a taste of the world of snake handling in Appalachia’s Pentecostal churches. WNIJ’s new “Community Read Project” delves deeper into this culture through an upcoming radio feature and interactive discussion online. In the NPR story, Preacher Coots says, “We sing, we preach, we...
Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield. Photo courtesy Illinois Board of Tourism.
According to the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, the deadline for submitting documentation for the State of Illinois Retiree Group has been extended to Friday, Dec. 6, because of the federal government shutdown. There is no need for anyone in this group to request an extension prior to Friday, Oct. 25. Members of the...
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Have an idea for a short-term project with the potential to improve the state of manufacturing in Illinois? NIU’s Division of Research and Graduate Studies invites faculty and staff to submit such proposals to the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), which since 1996 has helped more than 2,500 Illinois manufacturing companies to achieve more than...
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Business, education and faith leaders, including NIU President Doug Baker and former trustee Manny Sanchez, will gather at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, for a morning forum to urge movement on common sense immigration reform. The event at NIU-Naperville continues the growing chorus of bipartisan voices from across the state of Illinois calling on the...
NIU President John G. Peters
Dear Colleagues, I am writing to you today to update you with some very important information relative to the very fluid pension debate in the General Assembly in Springfield. Thursday afternoon, the Illinois Senate approved an amended version of Senate Bill 2404, a union-backed proposal sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton that offers Tier I...
Interior of the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield
The Illinois House has approved a comprehensive pension-reform measure sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan by a vote of 62-51 Thursday afternoon. Senate Bill 1 is designed to close a $97 billion deficit that hangs over the state’s pension plans. Underfunding for decades has left the pension systems short of what they need. The bill...
Mike Madigan
The Illinois House Personnel and Pensions Committee passed a pension reform plan put forth by Speaker Michael J. Madigan by a 9-1 vote, clearing the way for the pension reform bill to be called before the full House today. Madigan’s plan calls for employees to pay 2 percent more of salary toward their retirement plans....
Symbol of the State of Illinois
In Springfield … Both the House and the Senate are in session this week in Springfield. Several bills of interest to the NIU community advanced in the legislative process during last week’s Senate action. SB 1900 (Biss) passed the Senate unanimously and has been assigned to the House Higher Education Committee for consideration. It requires...
Dan Libman. Photo by Dan Klefstad.
Murals depicting historical events and hometown pride. Buildings restored to the grandeur of by-gone days. Big-hearted people in small towns, reflecting Midwestern ideals and values. Dan Libman, an instructor in the NIU Department of English, says he found “something amazing” in nearly every town or village he visited along the famed Lincoln Highway. “I found...
Adam Kinzinger
Adam Kinzinger was first sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2011. He serves as the representative for the 16th Congressional District of Illinois and was appointed to the Energy & Commerce Committee as well as the Foreign Affairs Committee. Before he was sworn into office, Kinzinger was named to the House Majority Transition...
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