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Northern Illinois University President John Peters stayed in his position at the school longer than he had planned so he could reach this day: the fifth anniversary of the shooting in Cole Hall, where five students were killed and 21 others were injured. 

Northern Illinois University

It was five years ago today that five Northern Illinois University students were murdered in a crowded classroom. 

U of I College of Medicine at Rockford

The head of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford is moving on. Regional Dean Dr. Martin Lipsky announced his resignation today, after serving in the position for nearly a decade.

Tony Blair Coming to Elgin

Jan 22, 2013
Judson University

In Elgin, former Prime Minister Tony Blair will speak at Judson University in April. Blair will follow past keynote addresses by Mikhail Gorbachev former President George W. Bush.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Kishwaukee College students return to class today…and they’ll find the campus in Malta looks a lot different than it did when they started LAST semester.

Augustana College will now allow same-gender weddings and "blessings of unions" on campus. President Steven Bahls notified faculty, staff and students of the decision to allow same-sex ceremonies after a recommendation from campus chaplains Richard Priggie and Kristen Glass Perez.

The school, located in Rock Island, Ill., is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), which issued its Statement on Sexuality in 2009, leaving decisions on same-sex ceremonies up to individual congregations.


Northern Illinois University employees received more than a traditional Thanksgiving greeting from their president in their inboxes this week: President John Peters also laid out a series of in-depth reviews the university is planning in response to several recent internal controversies. 

Regional Superintendents Studying Realignment

Nov 20, 2012

July 2015 is the target date for Illinois to close some regional offices of education. In the meantime, discussions are being held on which offices should absorb new territory.

Advance Illinois

Advance Illinois has issued a "report card" on Illinois' public schools. The advocacy group has a number of suggestions for improvement, but they're not the sort of things that had been getting all the attention in Springfield this year.


Northern Illinois University President John  Peters announced during his State of the University address that he will step aside next June.  The newly-formed, 28-person search committee met for the first time last week and will formally meet again next month.  NIU Faculty Senate President Alan Rosenbaum co-chairs the search committee.