Education and learning

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Imagine a presidential debate that is civil and about issues. That’s what happened Friday at Jefferson High School in Rockford, where students Andrea Stout and Haifa Ali debated.

They weren’t pretending to be the current presidential candidates: Instead, they represented the platforms of the Republican and Democratic parties.

The two candidates answered questions about immigration, voting rights, higher education, and the economy.

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Oct 10, 2016

Illinois hasn't set aside any money to pay for the Monetary Award Program grants that help lower-income students go to college, but students still should hurry to fill out financial aid forms. 

That’s because some financial aid is awarded on more than just the basis of need.

Lynne Baker, with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, says students need to submit the Free Application For Federal Student Aid – known as FAFSA -- to qualify for state programs too. That form can be completed online.

A Kane County judge dismissed on Thursday morning a stalking/no contact order filed against DeKalb District 428 Superintendent Doug Moeller.

An emergency stalking ordered filed by DeKalb High School principal Michele Albano on Sept. 19 will expire on its own terms.

According to court records, Albano failed to appear in court Thursday morning. Superintendent Moeller, along with his lawyers and several witnesses did appear in court before the dismissal.

Northern Illinois University

There are a few points to take note of in Northern Illinois University’s most recent safety and security report.

NIU police chief Tom Phillips said last year the goal was to crack down on illegal drug use and violent crime. According to this year’s Clery Act report, there were noticeably fewer judicial referrals for drugs, weapons and alcohol in 2015 than there were the year before.

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform recently compared enrollment data of Illinois public colleges and universities against similar schools in six neighboring states. 

Enrollment at the state's three largest public universities increased -- but just barely. The biggest gain was at the University of Illinois flagship campus in Urbana-Champaign, at 1.8%.