Education and learning

More than 150,000 college students were left without financial help this spring when Illinois ran out of money for MAP Grants. For some students, MAP Grants are the only thing keeping them in school.


Last week, Northern Illinois University President John Peters announced he would step down in June 2013. The day after his announcement, Peters sat down with WNIJ's Mike Moen.

Northern Illinois University’s long-time president is stepping down at the end of the academic year. John Peters made the announcement at his annual State of the University address Thursday. 

Teachers Strike in Crystal Lake

Oct 12, 2012
District 46

LATEST: October 12-The Prairie Grove 46 Board of Education announced that the Board and the Teachers' Association have reached an agreement after 7 and ½ hours of mediation.   The sole remaining issue revolved around health insurance contributions. 

Dr. Peters Will Leave NIU In June 2013

Oct 11, 2012
NIU Media Services

Dr. John G. Peters will step down as president of Northern Illinois University effective with the end of the current academic year. Peters announced his plans during this afternoon's State of the University address.

The  respected political scientist became the 11th president of NIU in June 2000.

NIU Honors Local Alumni

Oct 11, 2012

Five DeKalb-area residents are among 11 alumni who will be recognized this weekend by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Northern Illinois University for their accomplishments and service NIU.

University of Illinois

It is a year of honors for University of Illinois Engineering and Physics Professor Nick Holonyak Jr. The inventor of the first light-emitting diode, or LED, addressed a crowd of students and faculty this week on the 50th anniversary of that innovation.

More Training Possible for New Drivers

Oct 9, 2012

There's speculation some teenagers put off getting their drivers licenses until they're 18 to avoid Illinois' graduated drivers license program.  There's a chance those young motorists would be required to get more training in the future too.

McHenry County College will receive nearly $600,000 over three years from a U.S. Labor Department  grant to expand its manufacturing and robotics training programs. According to the McHenry County Labor Report of 2011, manufacturing is the largest employment sector of industry in McHenry County.

Rockford College Changing Name

Oct 3, 2012

Rockford College trustees have approved changing the institution's name to Rockford University.  According to the school's website, work to fully complete the transition will be taking place from now until July 1, 2013 and the school will proceed with submitting all formal petitions for university designation to the State of Illinois and all accrediting agencies.