Jenna Dooley http://northernpublicradio.org en Rey Calls For "Changing Direction" In State Of The City Address http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rey-calls-changing-direction-state-city-address <p>DeKalb Mayor John Rey delivered his second "State of the City" address Tuesday. His focus was the future of the city and the role of Northern Illinois University. He says he continues to work with NIU President Doug Baker's leadership team to find ways to make DeKalb more attractive to prospective students and residents.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:47:28 +0000 Jenna Dooley 51022 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rey Calls For "Changing Direction" In State Of The City Address Sun + Heat = Alert For Sensitive Lungs http://northernpublicradio.org/post/sun-heat-alert-sensitive-lungs <p>It's been an ideal summer so far for people who enjoy the outdoors, but warmer temperatures expected this week could lead to health concerns for some.</p><p></p><p>The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on Monday issued an Air Pollution Action Day for Kane, McHenry, Lake, Will, Cook, Grundy, Kendall, and DuPage counties.</p><p>Kim Biggs, spokesperson for the Illinois EPA, says this is the second Action Day issued this year related to ozone. She says today's weather conditions are part of the perfect recipe for health concerns among those with respiratory or pulmonary diseases:</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:42:30 +0000 Jenna Dooley 50957 at http://northernpublicradio.org Sun + Heat = Alert For Sensitive Lungs Sycamore Police Chief Plans To Retire http://northernpublicradio.org/post/sycamore-police-chief-plans-retire <p>Sycamore's police chief announced his intention to retire next year. The city council <a href="http://www.cityofsycamore.com/City%20Council/2014%20Agendas/20140721a.pdf" target="_blank">will consider </a>Donald Thomas' request to retire in January after 13 years.&nbsp;</p><p>If approved, a search for his replacement is expected this summer.&nbsp;</p><p>From tonight's agenda:</p><p><strong>"B. Ordinance No. 2014.10—An Ordinance Approving an Employment Agreement </strong></p><p><strong>Between the City of Sycamore and Donald Thomas. First and Second Reading. </strong></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:07:38 +0000 Jenna Dooley 50945 at http://northernpublicradio.org Sycamore Police Chief Plans To Retire Prophetstown Historical Society Still Rebuilding One Year After Fire http://northernpublicradio.org/post/prophetstown-historical-society-still-rebuilding-one-year-after-fire <p>Two young brothers have <a href="http://qctimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/wisconsin-boy-gets-probation-in-prophetstown-arson-case/article_af022316-e599-5638-87b4-db512bdd34f4.html" target="_blank">pleaded guilty</a> to starting the fire which destroyed a large portion of downtown Prophetstown last summer. Rebuilding is still underway for several displaced occupants, including the <a href="http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.com/Prophetstown_Historical_Soc.html" target="_blank">Prophetstown Historical Society</a>.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:40:07 +0000 Jenna Dooley 50733 at http://northernpublicradio.org Prophetstown Historical Society Still Rebuilding One Year After Fire 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