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NIU Hosts First-Ever Safety Awareness Day Next Week

Sep 27, 2016
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The Northern Illinois University police department will host its first-ever Safety Awareness Day next week. NIU officer Weyni Langdon says the fair’s purpose is for new members of the community – like college freshmen who haven’t been away from home before – to familiarize themselves with police departments in the surrounding area and get necessary safety resource information all in one place. “At the beginning of the year, we have a lot of questions about which agency is which – you know, ...

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Nearly 1,000 Illinois students may have to continue their studies elsewhere after ITT Technical Institute announced its closure last week. There were four ITT Technical Institute locations in Illinois: Arlington Heights, Oakbrook, Orland Park and Springfield. Illinois Community College Board officials say the state’s 48 community colleges are trying to point potential transfer students in the right direction; that includes Elgin Community College. ECC Dean Gregory Robinson says the school...

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced in July that he was creating a bipartisan commission to change the way the state funds public schools. That commission held its third meeting this week. But another commission is tackling the same topic, and its founder claims her group is getting more work done. State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, a Democrat from Maywood, has been hosting a continuing series of meetings with lawmakers from both parties plus dozens of stakeholders -- also known as lobbyists --...

It's a mixed bag of news about enrollment from state schools in Illinois this week. Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker says enrollment is down 5.5%, putting the school at 19,015 students university-wide. Baker tells the campus community that the largest decline is in the freshman class. Numbers from NIU show there are 457 fewer freshman compared to last year; that's a drop of 20.2%. Smaller declines took place among transfer and graduate students. On the good news side,...

Jeff Bossert

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and Senator Dick Durbin went to Parkland College to discuss education costs. Both Democrats are sponsoring the “In The Red Act.” This legislation would provide federal funding for two years’ free tuition at community colleges. Durbin says if passed, the Act would help students, but only if they put in the work. “You have to be a real student, and stay in school, and show that you’re doing your best and getting good grades to show for it. So it’s not an absolute...

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