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Prosecutor Bolsters Anti-Bullying Efforts

Sep 5, 2012

Efforts to strengthen Illinois' anti-bullying policies for schools recently failed in the legislature. Supporters say the bill could be revived this fall. In the meantime, a northern Illinois prosecutor is taking steps to prevent students from harassing their peers. 

Rockford police Department

The Rockford Police Department hosts its eighth Citizens Police Academy beginning September 19. The 8 week class will be held Wednesday afternoons at the city's Public Safety Building.

The course will cover such topics as community policing, recognizing drug and gang activity, crime prevention through environmental design, crime analysis, seasonal crimes/scams/ID theft, organizing and sustaining a watch group, “Shoot, Don’t Shoot” scenarios and more. 

State Police Reviewing NIU Coffee Fund

Aug 28, 2012
Illinois State Police

The Illinois State Police are considering whether to get involved with an investigation into a hidden fund at Northern Illinois University. State police spokesman Sergeant Jose DeJesus says the agency's Internal Affairs division is currently reviewing the case of the so-called "coffee fund." University officials acknowledged they were looking into allegations that NIU employees sold scrap materials to a local company, which wrote checks to an account known as the ``coffee fund.'' Because the matter involves a public university, the case was turned over to the state for review.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The annual ritual of Move-In Day took control of Northern Illinois University's campus today. An estimated 2,500 students will spend the evening unpacking and getting to know their new neighbors. It took 1,000 student volunteers, 100 staff and faculty members, and of course, hundreds of moms, dads, and friends to get their stuff from the curb to the dorm room. Eventually, 5,000 students will make their way into the residence halls.

The Illinois Innovation Index report details research activity at Illinois' universities. The findings were issued this week by several groups, including the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition.

College Illinois gets a reboot

Aug 22, 2012

The state's  prepaid tuition program will soon be back in business. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission voted last week to reopen College Illinois on Oct. 1.

Two Northern Illinois University administrators who abruptly resigned last month could be subject to further consequences despite termination agreements with NIU that put a stop to investigations pending at that time.

Robert Albanese, Associate Vice President for Facilities & Operations, submitted his resignation on July 19, effective July 31. John Gordon submitted his resignation as director of the NIU Convocation Center on July 20, effective immediately. 

In both cases, the university acknowledges that there were separate, independent allegations against Gordon and Albanese that were administratively investigated, and that the matter is subject to further investigation. 

The La Salle-Peru Township High School board is considering a $10 million athletic campus on 39 acres on the north side of La Salle.

The initial proposal includes facilities for track and field, 10 tennis courts, a baseball field, two softball fields and two soccer fields, among other amenities.

Jacquilyn Stephens / WNIJ

Students across Illinois are making their way back to school in the coming weeks. Yesterday, Northern Illinois University’s incoming law students got a special welcome.

The Board has also approved placing a referendum on the November ballot. It would ask voters to allow the district to sell nearly $140-million in bonds to help fund the plan.

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