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NIU Board Approves 3-Percent Campuswide Pay Increase; Cuts Out-Of-State Tuition

A 3-percent pay increase for Northern Illinois University faculty and staff was approved this morning by the NIU Board of Trustees, which then voted to extend the raise to employees in union bargaining units that still are negotiating contracts but have signed off on the increase. NIU Acting President Lisa Freeman recommended the increase in her State of the University address last month for all NIU employees hired before Jan. 1, 2017. That issue, among other concerns, attracted a full house...

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A Rockford religious community is opening its doors this weekend for a major anniversary celebration. Members of the Bahá’i faith will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, their religion’s founder.

Local Bahá’i George Davis says Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings center on the unity of humanity, and that all previous divine revelations all are expressions of the same God. 

Democratic candidate for governor JB Pritzker said Thursday he knows the difference between running a business and running government and is experienced in both, unlike the two other wealthy businessmen—Bruce Rauner and Donald Trump—who’ve struggled in their transition to public office.

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Illinois reportedly is out of the running for an assembly plant proposed as a joint venture by automakers Toyota and Mazda.

The effort to bring the plant to Illinois has been spearheaded by Intersect Illinois, the state’s privately run economic development corporation. Crain’s Chicago Business quotes Intersect Illinois President Mark S. Peterson as saying he’s been told that Illinois is not among the finalists for the plant.

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Illinois has taken another step toward paying down nearly $16 billion in overdue bills.
That money is owed to hospitals, electric utilities, drug rehab centers — basically anyone who has a contract with state government.

The state began issuing bonds Tuesday, effectively refinancing the debt to cut interest penalties, but it will be a long road back to normal.

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The largest locally owned bank in the Rockford area has agreed to be acquired for approximately $181 million in cash and stock.

Alpine Bancorporation, Inc., the parent company of Alpine Bank & Trust Co., is headquartered in Belvidere. It had total assets of $1.3 billion as of June 30.

Someone has been posting flyers promoting a white-supremacist group across the Northern Illinois University campus, Acting President Lisa Freeman informed the community by email Tuesday.

She said the flyers are being removed as they are discovered because they violate the NIU posting policy.

“Hatred is not something that aligns with the principles of NIU,” Freeman wrote.

NIU Agrees That AFSCME Unit Can Receive Pay Raise

Oct 16, 2017
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Northern Illinois University and union officials have agreed to a tentative three-percent pay increase for more than 600 clerical, administrative and paraprofessional employees. 

Acting NIU President Lisa Freeman announced last month in her State of the University address that she would pursue a university-wide increase for eligible employees not in open union contracts. That proposal will be presented to the NIU Board of Trustees on Thursday.

Rain Put A Damper On Northern Illinois Harvest

Oct 16, 2017
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Farmers are busy bringing in their crops, but this weekend’s heavy rains put a damper on their progress.

Mariam Wassmann, Director of Information for the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, says farmers were making good headway.

“I’d say about half of the soybeans have been harvested to this point,” she said. “Corn, as far as we look at our field corn, we’re getting a real good start. We might have about 10 percent harvested.”

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban after leaving his base in Afghanistan in 2009, has pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl was freed in 2014 in exchange for five Taliban detainees.

Bergdahl, a native of Idaho, pleaded guilty before the military judge in the case, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, at a hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Monday, according to The Associated Press.

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On most days from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mary Grimes can be found pacing along a crowded street in Orlando, Fla., with clipboards in both hands.

"Can I have five minutes of your time?" the 58-year-old says to a parade of passers-by. Those who are in a rush, she quickly wishes well; the others, Grimes directs to a blue and yellow form, reciting her spiel and soliciting a signature from each.

The wildfires in Northern California cut across a wide swath of the state — including dozens of school districts, hundreds of schools and hundreds of thousands of students. At one point, classes were canceled for 260,000 students in 600 schools.

And while schools are slowly coming back on line, there remain many that may not resume classes for days or even weeks.

A congressional candidate in Florida drew a little ridicule this week.

Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, one of the Republicans in the crowded field in Florida's 27th Congressional District, said in 2009 that she was taken aboard a spaceship when she was 7 years old.

She does not mean at Disney World.

"I went in," she says in a 2009 Spanish language interview that appeared on YouTube this week. "There were some round seats that were there, and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship, not like airplanes.

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Spain's prime minister says he'll fire the government officials of Catalonia and hold new elections there within six months. Spain's Senate will have to approve that plan next week.

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