Jenna Dooley http://northernpublicradio.org en Youth May Hold Key To Grain Bin Safety http://northernpublicradio.org/post/youth-may-hold-key-grain-bin-safety <p><strong>A 9-year-old boy <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-wisconsin-farming-accident-20140710,0,5357982.story" target="_blank">died in a grain bin </a>this week in southwestern Wisconsin. While every situation is different, agricultural engineers continue to work on new ways to prevent such deaths. Those involved in the training industry say reaching the younger generation will be an important step to prevent entrapments.&nbsp;</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>Rescue Tools</strong></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:33:05 +0000 Jenna Dooley 50223 at http://northernpublicradio.org Youth May Hold Key To Grain Bin Safety Washington, NIU Address Campus Sexual Assaults http://northernpublicradio.org/post/washington-niu-address-campus-sexual-assaults <p>A <a href="http://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/SurveyReportwithAppendix.pdf" target="_blank">new survey</a> of the nation's top colleges and universities will help shape legislation addressing on-campus sexual assaults. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri calls it “disturbing” that 41 percent of the responding institutions said they have not carried out any sexual assault investigations in five years.</p><p>“Which means they are saying there has been zero incidents of sexual assault on their campuses. That is hard to believe and obviously very problematic,” McCaskill said.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:08:53 +0000 Jenna Dooley & KWMU 50401 at http://northernpublicradio.org Washington, NIU Address Campus Sexual Assaults Taiwanese Students Learn How To "Argue" At NIU Camp http://northernpublicradio.org/post/taiwanese-students-learn-how-argue-niu-camp <p>There are a lot of summer camps to choose from, with everything from sports to arts and crafts.</p><p>Two dozen young students from Taiwan are learning with their American peers how to get their point across. This week, the students are taking part in activities designed around the study and debate of alternative energy.</p><p>The students from the <a href="http://fuxiao.ps.nutn.edu.tw/english/about.php" target="_blank">National University of Tainan's Affiliated Elementary School </a>will stay in DeKalb through mid-July.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:16:32 +0000 Jenna Dooley 49945 at http://northernpublicradio.org Taiwanese Students Learn How To "Argue" At NIU Camp NIU Education Leader Sees Lack Of Diversity http://northernpublicradio.org/post/niu-education-leader-sees-lack-diversity <p>A Northern Illinois University educator wants to help schools close the achievement gap among students of different cultures. Part of the solution involves attracting more teachers from diverse backgrounds into the profession. Dr. <a href="http://www.cedu.niu.edu/aboutus/dean/aboutDean/" target="_blank">La Vonne Neal</a>, dean of NIU's College of Education, has co-authored a book aimed at that goal.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Jenna Dooley 49584 at http://northernpublicradio.org NIU Education Leader Sees Lack Of Diversity Slideshow: Rockford Deacon Adds Final Steps To Epic Walk http://northernpublicradio.org/post/slideshow-rockford-deacon-adds-final-steps-epic-walk <p>After walking from Rockford to the <a href="http://www.nationalcathedral.org/" target="_blank">Washington National Cathedral,</a>&nbsp;Lou Ness still had a few miles left in her.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:03:42 +0000 Jenna Dooley 49374 at http://northernpublicradio.org Slideshow: Rockford Deacon Adds Final Steps To Epic Walk Rockford Deacon Arrives In D.C., Plans Thursday Event http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rockford-deacon-arrives-dc-plans-thursday-event <p>The director of a Rockford social service agency has completed a 900-mile walk to Washington D.C.</p><p>It was no April Fools' Day joke. Deacon Lou Ness has been walking every day since April First with a mission to make it to the nation's capital. It was part of an effort to raise awareness for poverty in local communities. She's the director of Rockford's <a href="http://shelter-care.org/" target="_blank">Shelter Care Ministries</a>. She finished what she started this weekend.</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:19:37 +0000 Jenna Dooley 49144 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rockford Deacon Arrives In D.C., Plans Thursday Event Lee County Now Allowing Multiple Payments For Real Estate Taxes http://northernpublicradio.org/post/lee-county-now-allowing-multiple-payments-real-estate-taxes <p>Lee County property owners can now pay their real estate taxes in smaller increments.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:34:40 +0000 Jenna Dooley 48855 at http://northernpublicradio.org Lee County Now Allowing Multiple Payments For Real Estate Taxes DeKalb County Takes Ownership Of Sycamore Mobile Home Park http://northernpublicradio.org/post/dekalb-county-takes-ownership-sycamore-mobile-home-park <p>DeKalb County closed on the Evergreen Village mobile home park on Friday. &nbsp;The next step is to move people out of more than 100 homes there. The park is prone to frequent flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency gave DeKalb County a multi-million dollar grant to buy the park and make it a permanent open space. Consultants have now met with more than half of the occupants to determine the value of the homes.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:05:16 +0000 Jenna Dooley 48539 at http://northernpublicradio.org DeKalb County Takes Ownership Of Sycamore Mobile Home Park Neighborhood Group Questions Redevelopment Documents http://northernpublicradio.org/post/neighborhood-group-questions-redevelopment-documents <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A DeKalb neighborhood group held a news conference this morning related to a proposed partnership between </span>NIU<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the city, and several local banks. A spokesperson for Preserve Our Neighborhoods says the confidential agreement was sent to the group anonymously. The document outlines the process of buying homes around John and Harrison streets for redevelopment.</span></div><div><p>According to the proposal, the "neighborhood" is defined as parts of John Street, Harrison Street, Locust Street, and College Avenue. Wed, 28 May 2014 10:33:21 +0000 Jenna Dooley & Susan Stephens 48188 at http://northernpublicradio.org Neighborhood Group Questions Redevelopment Documents State Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting In DeKalb http://northernpublicradio.org/post/state-police-investigate-officer-involved-shooting-dekalb <p>Illinois State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in DeKalb over the weekend. A Sheriff's Deputy shot a man at the Suburban Estates apartment complex. A<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ccording to a news release, the officer shot Hassan Coleman in</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;self-defense. Coleman has non-life threatening injuries. The Sheriff's Office has charges pending against him.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 26 May 2014 10:48:15 +0000 Jenna Dooley 48073 at http://northernpublicradio.org State Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting In DeKalb