4:58 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Report: More Than Half Of Illinois Public School Students Are Low-Income

Credit Flickr user / alamosbasement "old school" (CC BY 2.0)

New statistics released by the Illinois State Board of Education show that more than half of Illinois' public school students are low-income.

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Monday's ceremony
6:04 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Update: NIU's Stevens Building Overhaul Is Halfway There

Governor Pat Quinn and NIU students throw some dirt at the site of the major rehabilitation of Stevens Hall.
Zack Zerndt WNIJ

Northern Illinois University broke ground Monday on the $27 million expansion of the Stevens Building. The renovation of the university’s home of theater, dance, and anthropology has been on the school’s priority list for years.

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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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5:24 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Freeport School District Superintendent Submits Resignation

Credit Freeport School District

Freeport School District Superintendent Roberta Selleck has submitted her resignation to the Freeport School Board.

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5:38 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Back-To-School Webinar To Explain Changes In Illinois Schools

The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois PTA have teamed up to offer their first Back To School webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

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DeKalb stop-over
5:34 am
Wed September 3, 2014

A March To DC For Climate Change Awareness

Dana McGuire with the equipment truck used to support marchers.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

A group of climate change activists is making its way from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.  Tuesday, they set up camp in DeKalb, pitching their tents and solar panels on Northern Illinois University’s campus near Northern Public Radio’s studio.

 “The Great March For Climate Action” plans to deliver its message to the President, Congress, ANYONE who’ll listen, in the nation’s capitol in November.

David Zahrt says he’s the oldest activist who has been along for the whole trip… he’s 77. And he’s doing it for his grandchildren.

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Beloit College's Mindset List
5:29 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Defining The Class Of 2018

Ron Nief and Tom McBride, creators of The Mindset List.
Credit Beloit College

They were born in 1996. And now they are filling seats at a college campus near you. Who is the Class of 2018?  

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Closes 8 schools, builds 2
5:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Rockford's $250-Million School Plan Approved

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rockford is moving forward with a massive 10-year plan to revamp its elementary schools. The School Board approved the 250-million dollar plan last night on a five to one vote, with one abstention.

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fall referendum
5:54 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Rockford Public Schools 10 Year Plan: Close 8, Build 2, Consolidate

The Rockford School Board will decide on a major facilities overhaul from these seats next month.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A plan to close eight Rockford elementary schools and build two new ones is on its way to a vote by the school board. Last night, the school district held the last of 39 public meetings about the proposal. 

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Consumer Complaints
5:40 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Illinois AG Sues Over Alleged Student Loan Debt Scams

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing two companies for allegedly scamming people with student loan debt.

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