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The Smoke-Free Northern Illinois University Task Force and students discussed a draft policy for smoking last night. 

The Smoke-Free Campus Act will go into effect July 1st and applies to all NIU campuses.  The draft also prohibits the use of e-cigarettes and smoking in privately-owned parked cars. 

The prohibition does not include smoking associated with a recognized religious ritual and tobacco use exclusively conducted for medical or scientific research.

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Wednesday was “change the world” day at Northern Illinois University. And since the students were away on Spring Break, it was a good opportunity to invite local high schoolers interested in medical careers to meet one of their own.  

Rauner Proposes Deep Spending Cuts In First Budget Address

Feb 18, 2015
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Gov. Rauner presented his first budget proposal to lawmakers Wednesday.

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Illinois’ finances are ailing. That’s been a story for years, but the situation got a lot worse at the beginning of the year when a tax cut took effect.

The Republican is proposing significant cuts to everything from healthcare for the poor to colleges and universities.

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The problem of concussions in youth athletes is getting more attention than before, but it’s unclear whether coaches and parents really understand how to handle the injury. Northern Illinois University’s kinesiology department head is looking for financial help in addressing the issue.

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Northern Illinois University police are investigating an armed robbery yesterday at about 8 p.m. on Annie Glidden Road. 

The victim saw a man going through her car after returning from a food delivery, and the suspect took an envelope with cash from her jacket. 

The victim described the suspect as a male with hair past his ears in a bowl cut, approximately six feet tall with a medium build and wearing a black puffy jacket with light colored stripes. 

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A federal judge in Chicago has refused to dismiss a 2014 civil rights lawsuit by a former police chief at Northern Illinois University. 

The school fired Grady in 2013 after he was accused of mishandling evidence in an investigation into allegations a campus police officer sexually assaulted a student. Grady denied the accusation.

The Friday ruling means Donald Grady can go forward with the lawsuit. He's seeking reinstatement and an apology.

The suit says Grady was fired without a fair hearing.

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Northern Illinois University announced the selection of the vice president of Administration and Finance. 

Alan Phillips will report to President Douglas Baker as a member of Baker's senior leadership team. 

Camp Power Keeps Momentum Around The Holidays

Dec 22, 2014
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DeKalb community leaders led a summer camp this year focusing on keeping children active and safe. WNIJ’s N’Jema McIntyre has a follow-up on what some of the kids have been up to.

Demolition Begins For NIU Douglas Hall

Dec 17, 2014
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Northern Illinois University began demolition for Douglas Hall, which housed students from 1963 to May. 

Officials say the removal is part of a $4.5 million plan to extend Lucinda Avenue west to Stadium Drive, making it a major east-west thoroughfare on campus.

To watch the demolition process via webcast, click here.

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A Cook County judge has thrown out a lawsuit against a fraternity in the death of a Northern Illinois University student.

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