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. 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Declining state funding for major public universities has the National Science Board concerned about the ability of the schools to carry out engineering research, while also providing an affordable education to a broad range of students. The Board's latest report says Illinois is a prime example.