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This week, a Winnebago County judge ordered a Rockford woman to spend up to 100 years in a mental health facility for the 2013 stabbing death of her son.

A judge earlier this year ruled Jody Kossow not guilty by reason of insanity after she stabbed her 12-year-old son Thomas more than 55 times, killing him.

She told 911 operators that “Satan was after me.”

The judge says Kossow must be confined to psychiatric care up to 100 years.

TEDxNIU Conference 'Pushes Limits'

Apr 20, 2017

The popularity of TED-branded video lectures has skyrocketed in recent years. The Northern Illinois University chapter, known as TEDxNIU, will hold its own event this Saturday, featuring a variety of speeches. "Pushing Limits"’ will be this year’s theme.

NIU student Madeline Alger is co-director of the TEDx chapter. She explains that TED is a global nonprofit organization whose goal is to spread ideas across the world.

About 200 members of NIU's chapter of Kappa Delta Pi are launching a book sale to raise money for programs to support children's literacy. 

As part of their annual service project, they plan to use profits to fund outreach programs, like bringing in authors for reading comprehension programs and supporting efforts at the NIU Literacy Clinic. 

Beth Wilkins, an NIU professor who oversees the local chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, says the sale is a chance for people to give back.

Moody's Investors Service has placed six Illinois public universities on review for downgrade, impacting a total of approximately $2.2 billion of public university debt. According to a release issued by the company, the review is prompted by  "failure of the State of Illinois to enact a budget providing full operating funding to the universities for the current fiscal year 2017 and resulting operational and liquidity strains on the universities."

Scrutiny Mounts On Travel Orders

Apr 13, 2017
Michael Gianaris / nysenate.gov

The American Civil Liberties Union recently filed 13 lawsuits requesting government documents regarding the president’s travel orders.

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