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Public universities in Illinois continue to lobby lawmakers in hopes of preventing deep cuts to education. On Tuesday, State Comptroller Leslie Munger toured Northern Illinois University to get a sense of what a 31 percent reduction in state funding would mean to the school.

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Scientists who depend on federal funding for their research could find themselves on more secure ground in the future. 

Senator Dick Durbin met with researchers at Northern Illinois University Tuesday to talk about two proposals that would guarantee increases in research and development funding.

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A recently released audit from the Illinois Office of the Auditor General found in a testing of travel expenditures, $31,945 of the $46,501 tested were reimbursements to an employee for travel between the employee’s home and the official headquarters listed on filed forms. The audit says "travel expenses between an employee’s official headquarters and home are not reimbursable."

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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. 

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