DeKalb
5:05 am
Fri September 12, 2014

DeKalb To Test New Emergency Notification System

Credit Flickr user / Milica Sekulic "Mobile Phone" (CC BY 2.0)

The City of DeKalb is asking residents and businesses to register with the Code Red Emergency Notification System, which will replace the city’s Reverse 911 System.

DeKalb Assistant Fire Chief Jeff McMaster says the previous system limited the number of people who could be contacted simultaneously. 

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Huskies Food Pantry
3:19 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Hunger In The Classroom: A Growing Need For Campus Pantries

Vegetables grown by and donated by students working in the Communiversity Garden on campus.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The "ramen noodle diet" may once have been a badge of honor for the college student on a strict budget. But now, with changing demographics and skyrocketing education costs, “food insecurity” is being seen as a serious problem on campuses across the nation. 

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Illinois
6:26 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Manufacturers' Association: Fracking A Southern Illinois Issue

Credit Illinois DNR

A coalition of labor unions and members of the oil industry is asking Illinois lawmakers to step back in the fracking process. 

State officials are still working on the rules to govern hydraulic fracturing.

Environmentalists criticized DNR's first version. The pro-fracking group GROW is upset about the second draft.

Jim Watson heads the Illinois Petroleum Council. He says Illinois is losing an opportunity to bring in energy companies.

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NIU
5:58 am
Thu September 11, 2014

NIU Enrollment Down Again, Number Of International Students Up

Department of Institutional Research

University officials announced a gain of nearly 30 percent among international students. There was also improvement in retaining last year's freshmen. Those numbers limited the university’s enrollment decline to its smallest in five years.   

Still, NIU administrators are looking for better numbers. There's a search for an admissions director and assistant vice president for enrollment management.

According to a news release, President Doug Baker says recruitment and retention will continue to be priorities.

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-Illinois
5:31 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Local Governments To Receive More Than $1.5 Million In Grants From Illinois EPA

A number of local governments across Illinois are getting money to inspect pollution-control facilities and to investigate complaints about illegal dumping.

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Transportation
5:38 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Illinois Looks To Reduce Railroad Deaths

Railroad fatalities are a major concern in Illinois. The state hopes a new safety campaign will help to prevent more deaths from occurring.

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Illinois
5:20 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Attacks Get Personal In Governor's Race

They no longer had to do it through campaign commercials. Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican opponent Bruce Rauner faced one another in a joint interview before the Chicago Tribune's Editorial Board Tuesday. So far, Quinn, a Democrat, and businessman Rauner, Republican's nominee, have contested one another from a distance. At this appearance, though, they were seated side-by-side.

At times, that led to heated discussions; often the candidates talked over one another.

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-Illinois
6:09 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

First Confirmed Human Case Of West Nile Virus In Boone County This Year

The Boone County Department of Public Health today confirmed that a Belvidere man is the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in the county in 2014.

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Consumer Protection
7:32 am
Tue September 9, 2014

BBB Warns Of School Supply Scam In Northern Illinois

Credit flickr user / Chris / "Books" (CC BY 2.0)

The Better Business Bureau is alerting school districts across northern Illinois about a billing scam. Nevada-based “Scholastic School Supply” allegedly sent false invoices that billed districts hundreds of dollars for text books that were never requested or received.

According to a news release, information from the BBB serving Southern Nevada finds they received 51 complaints from throughout the country, as well as nearly 2,400 inquiries regarding this scam operation. The Nevada BBB says that complaints continue to rise in increments of as many as 15 per day. 

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Technology/Manufacturing
5:17 am
Tue September 9, 2014

NIU Prepares For Role In Digital Manufacturing Lab

Northern Illinois officials are getting more details about a digital manufacturing hub scheduled to open in a couple of months.

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDI) is better known as Illinois' Digital Lab. There have been a number of buzz words used to explain the goals of this project including  "intelligent machining," and "operations agility."

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