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Acting Dean Will Head NIU College Of Education

Apr 29, 2016

Following a nationwide search, the Northern Illinois University College of Education has turned to one of its own as its leader.

Dr. Laurie Elish-Piper, acting dean since 2015, will become permanent dean July 1.

NIU Provost Lisa Freeman praised her extensive knowledge of education issues and her two decades of experience at NIU.

Elish-Piper is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Presidential Engagement Professor in the Department of Literacy and Elementary Education.

Jim Meadows

  Governor Bruce Rauner was met with a mixed reception Thursday, when he stopped at the University of Illinois Urbana campus. The governor was there to congratulate students who had won awards for innovative technology.

Northern Illinois University has named the next leader of its College of Business. 

  Balaji Rajagopalan starts his job as Dean July 1st. Currently, he heads the Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend. 

NIU provost Lisa Freeman praised him for his collaborative style. 

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DeKalb residents can safely discard old or unwanted prescriptions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m this Saturday at the DeKalb Police Department on Lincoln Highway.

The drop-off is anonymous and free.

Sergeant Chad McNett heads community relations for the department. They will partner with the Drug Enforcement Agency for the event. This weekend's collection is one of two held locally every year.

A judge says a man who alleges Dennis Hastert sexually abused him doesn't have to disclose his name in his lawsuit against the former U.S. House speaker.

A day after Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison in a hush-money case, Kendall County Judge Robert Pilmer ruled Thursday that a man known in court documents as Individual A can proceed with his lawsuit anonymously.

Prosecutors in the hush-money cash say Hastert paid Individual A to stay quiet about sexual abuse that occurred when the man was 14 and Hastert was a high school wrestling coach.

MAP Grants On Their Way To Illinois Universities

Apr 28, 2016
Jenna Dooley

Illinois' Comptroller says universities will soon receive stopgap MAP grant money.

Leslie Munger says the Illinois Student Assistance Commission sent $164 million dollars in grant vouchers to her office. 

Munger says her office turned around the payments immediately, but she also calls on lawmakers to approve a long-term solution.

“It is critical that they now finish the job and pass a comprehensive balanced budget that allows us to keep our promises not only to students,” Munger said in a news release.

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Juvenile criminal records are preventing Illinois residents from opportunities like getting a job or finding housing ... despite confidentiality laws.

That's the conclusion of a study released today by the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission. 

Julie Biehl of Northwestern University's law school, says sharing of a minor's criminal record is common... even by people who know it's against the law. 

NIU

Faculty members at Northern Illinois University are moving to form a union.  NIU faculty on Thursday filed an intent to unionize with the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board. 

NIU Associate Professor of History Rosemary Feurer says in a news release announcing the filing that a union will give faculty a greater voice to improve NIU, for the benefit of students and the community.

The United Faculty Alliance of Northern Illinois University would represent more than 600 tenured and tenure-track faculty members across NIU.

  Earlier this week, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law a measure that provides emergency spending to state higher education. 

Although a shot in the arm to some institutions, lawmakers like Democratic Representative Jack Franks say the showdown doesn’t bode well for the overall budget.

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April is National Poetry Month.  Rockford poet Christine Swanberg has achieved national recognition in a career spanning several decades.  So what did it take for her to become a poet?

First off, Swanberg says, she didn’t always know she would become a poet, or even that she could become one.

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