7:47 am
Mon December 8, 2014

NIU Foreign Language Clubs Celebrate Christmas, Diversity

Former Spanish Club president Luis Cubillos welcomes guests to the NIU Foreign Language holiday party Friday.
Katie Finlon

Foreign language clubs at Northern Illinois University may not all be recognized by the school, but they had reason to come together Friday to share Christmas traditions. 

The German, Spanish, French and Chinese clubs were at the NIU language party on Friday. Some clubs shared region-specific holiday traditions at the party, like German Club vice-president Marlena Jorn singing Christmas carols in German and sharing food unique to the language or to this time of year.

Chinese Club president Jake Irle said the group contributed with spring rolls.

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6:47 am
Mon December 8, 2014

ComEd Offers Hardship Fund For Rockford Seniors

ComEd is inviting seniors citizens in Rockford to apply for the “Senior Giving” hardship fund program. 

It’s part of the utility’s CARE program, which offers financial aid options for customers with past due electric bills. The program is available through December 24th, or while funds are available. 

Customers can apply at the office of Community Action on Court Street.  

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6:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

'Low Budget' Radio Hosts Fix Rockford Clock Tower

Credit WXRX

Rather than sit back and say someone else should fix it, two northern Illinois radio hosts took the initiative to fix one of Rockford’s most well-known landmarks.

Jim Stone and Terry Turan are known as “Stone and Double T” on their low-budget morning show on 104.9 WXRX. Turan says they have always talked about the four sides of the clock tower never being on the same and correct time, but the conversation never went further than that.

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NIU football
5:24 am
Mon December 8, 2014

NIU Huskies Florida Bowl-Bound After MAC Win

NIU Huskies celebrate their conference championship at Ford Field in Detroit.
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Northern Illinois University’s football team is heading to Florida for the second time in the past three years. The Huskies accepted an invitation Sunday to play in the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl. The Huskies will take on Marshall University 5 p.m. Dec. 23.

NIU wrested the Mid-American Conference title back from Bowling Green Friday night. The Huskies crushed the Falcons at the MAC championship game in Detroit, 51-17.

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4:58 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Campus Sexual Assault: Prevention And Awareness

Credit Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University is moving forward on a sweeping plan to deal with sexual assault on campus.

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Luke Somers
10:19 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Slain American Hostage Was Beloit College Grad

American photojournalist Luke Somers was born in London 33 years ago, but chose Beloit College in Wisconsin for his liberal arts education. Somers was killed during a failed rescue attempt in Yemen.

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Free Range Radio
5:34 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

The First Family Of Radio: The Roosevelts

Eleanor Roosevelt, making a national radio broadcast in 1942.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Eleanor Roosevelt, radio

“We know what we have to face and we know that we are ready to face it … Whatever is asked of us, I am sure we can accomplish it. We are the free and unconquerable people of the United States of America.” –Eleanor Roosevelt  

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2:59 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Former Elgin Lawmaker Pleads Guilty To Porn Charges

Credit Keith Farnham - Illinois General Assembly

A former Illinois state representative pleaded guilty Friday to possessing and trading child pornography.

Keith Farnham is a Democrat who represented the Elgin area in Springfield.

Before his arrest this year - Farnham resigned - blaming health concerns.

Today - the 67-year-old admitted to having more than 27-hundred images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on computers in his home and state office.

A prosecutor described some of those images in graphic detail in court.

Terry Ekl is Farnham’s attorney.

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General Assembly
9:57 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Lawmakers Approve Bobcat Season

Credit Illinois DNR website

Bobcats may become fair game for Illinois hunters. Legislators this week sent the governor a plan to make it legal to kill the animal.

The once-threatened species has rebounded, to the point that the state's Department of Natural Resources says there are too many.

Since bobcats were removed from the protected list in 1999, Sen. John Sullivan, D-Quincy, says they've gotten out of control.

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Common Core
9:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

State-Wide Test Replaces ISAT, Prairie State Assessment

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Illinois students are scheduled to take the new Common Core test this spring, despite a growing chorus of parents and educators opposing it.

To get some idea of how controversial the test is, consider this: The number of states that have legalized marijuana use -- 23 -- is double the number of states that have agreed to use this test -- just 11. Of those 11, only eight have agreed to use both the elementary and high school portions of the test. Illinois is one of these states.

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