Lucinda Avenue Now Open

Nov 19, 2015
N'Jema McIntyre

The Lucinda Avenue extension is now open.  The opening ceremony Wednesday was held at the rain location at Stevenson Tower South without the official ribbon cutting due to the weather. The street west of Stadium Drive is ready for cars and buses to use. The gates blocking access will be taken down some time before the end of the week.

Does It Pay To Pay Teachers $100,000?

Nov 19, 2015

We're brought up to believe our teachers are modern-day saints.

Just look at how we portray them in the movies and on TV. From Dead Poets Society's iconic Mr. Keating to resourceful LouAnne Johnson in Dangerous Minds, we reinforce time and again that teaching is a noble calling.

These teachers are heroes, we're told. It's hard to imagine them even thinking about money.

U of I Trustees Sign Off On Settlement With Salaita

Nov 12, 2015
Jim Meadows

On an 9 to 1 vote,  University of Illinois Trustees have agreed on an $875,000 settlement with Steven Salaita.

Progress Made On Lucinda Avenue Extension

Nov 12, 2015
N'Jema McIntyre

The opening of the Lucinda Avenue expansion is nearing. Workers are completing the final touches to the area.

The board of trustees of Northern Illinois University approved the extension of Lucinda Avenue west, to better facilitate access for students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus. The move, which required dismantling Douglas Hall, is the first significant step in re-envisioning the NIU campus.

The March 27 board meeting made the Lucinda project expansion a high priority project for the university. The goal was for the process to be completed by mid-November.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

University of Illinois trustees are scheduled to vote Thursday on a resolution urging state lawmakers to agree on a budget. The impasse has been weighing on the minds of many public university leaders.

Illinois has been without a budget since July, putting pressure on the state's universities to dip into cash reserves. It also worries students who rely on MAP grants.

Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker says he has made several trips to Springfield, and joins other university leaders in keeping a close eye on lawmakers and the governor.

It’s been about six months since students took the PARCC exam. Despite officials saying the tests will be graded by the end of the school year, results are not yet posted.

Illinois high schools are expected to receive test results in the next couple of weeks, and schools should receive test results from 3rd through 8th grades by the beginning of next month. That’s according to an Illinois State Board of Education memo.

Carl Nelson / WNIJ

Illinois released its report card for public schools last week. There are still no results from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam – known at the “PARCC” test – on the website.

WNIJ News took a look at how standard high schools rank against others in our listening area.

Carroll County has the highest average secondary-school graduation rate of 93 percent, while Winnebago County has the lowest with 76 percent.

Higher Ed Focus Of Illinois Legislative Meeting

Nov 9, 2015
state of Illinois

Illinois legislators will return to Springfield Tuesday ... with no prospect of finalizing a budget for the state. 

So what will they do during the one-day session?

Steve Brown, state House Speaker Michael Madigan’s spokesman, says the plight of Illinois universities and community colleges will be in the spotlight during that meeting.


VICE News published an investigation of American universities with ties to the military, police, and intelligence communities.

Southern Illinois University in Carbondale ranked number 23, due to the number of alums who work in “top secret” jobs. The amount of funding SIU receives from national security and defense agencies was another factor.

NIU Anthropology Museum Gets A New Name

Nov 4, 2015

The Anthropology museum at Northern Illinois University has been renamed to honor the contributors of a major gift.

Founded in 1964, the NIU museum will now be known as the James B. and Rosalyn L. Pick Museum of Anthropology. James B. Pick is an alumnus of NIU with a master's degree in education.