6:20 am
Mon June 3, 2013

For Broadband In Northern Illinois, The Future Is Now

Credit DATA

A push to bring high speed internet access to smaller communities and rural areas was a key part of President Obama’s 2009 stimulus package.  One of the first projects to gain funding in Illinois was the DeKalb Advancement of Technology Authority, or DATA.  It was followed soon after by iFiber, a project to bring broadband to counties in north central and northwest Illinois.  Both are now moving from the construction phase to implementation.

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David Bogenberger Hazing Case
6:08 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Four 'Pikes' Plead Not Guilty in NIU Hazing Death

Steven A. Libert (left), of Naperville, appeared in DeKalb County Court in Sycamore, Ill. on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in connection to hazing charges related to Northern Illinois University David Bogenberger's death. Libert allegedly planned the unsanctioned Pi Kappa Alpha drinking party in November where freshman pledge David Bogenberger died.
Credit Rob Winner

Four NIU students pleaded “not guilty” to felony hazing charges Tuesday. They’re charged in the death of freshman David Bogenberger, who died of alcohol poisoning in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house last year.

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Jim Thompson on law and legislators
2:16 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Former Governor Honored By NIU Law School

Scoreboard shot of former Governor Jim Thompson receiving his honorary degree from NIU's law school Saturday, May 25th.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson never attended Northern Illinois University…but this weekend, his connections to the law school earned him an honorary doctorate.

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6:24 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Eddie Williams: Job History At NIU

Credit WNIJ

Northern Illinois University Executive Vice President Eddie Williams has returned to the campus after nearly two months of paid leave.  Here is an overview of his employment history with NIU.  Information was provided to WNIJ through a Freedom of Information Act Request.

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Barbara Cole Peters
6:10 am
Mon May 13, 2013

NIU's First Lady Tells Stories Of "Women At Northern"

Barbara Cole Peters and John Peters
Credit NIU Media Services

NIU president John Peters isn’t the only one saying goodbye to the university at the end of June…so is his wife, Barbara Cole Peters.      

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Public Safety
9:29 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

NIU To Begin Search For New Campus Police Chief

Credit NIU Police

When classes resume this fall, NIU administrators say they hope to have to someone new running the campus police department. Plans for a national search were announced Tuesday. The need for a new department leader arose after the university fired Don Grady back in February.

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Peters leaves June 30th
5:05 am
Tue May 7, 2013

A Send-off For NIU President Peters

Official portrait of NIU President John Peters: he says to look for symbolism within the painting.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Northern Illinois University President John Peters still has seven weeks left on the job – but Monday, the campus and community came together to say goodbye.

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Orange Bowl
10:09 am
Thu April 25, 2013

NIU Made Profit From Orange Bowl

NIU's Convocation Center turns orange during a pep rally before the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1
Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Northern Illinois University athletic officials have reported a $253,780 profit from the Jan. 1 Orange Bowl in Florida. The MAC conference distributed $1.3 million. Expenses for NIU totaled around $1 million.

Donna Turner, NIU Associate Athletic Director for Communications, says there was a net gain due to the agreements made with the Mid-American Conference and the effective management of expenses.

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Update on Lightning Damage
3:49 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Phones Still Out At NIU & WNIJ

Phone hit by lightning, displayed at Amberely Chalk Pits Museum.
Credit David Blaikie / Wikimedia Commons

If you need to reach someone at Northern Public Radio today, email is still the best way to go! Much of Northern Illinois University's phone system has been down since a lightning strike on campus at 8:30 Wednesday morning.

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Coffee Fund
4:02 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Theft Charges Against Two More NIU Workers Dismissed

Credit NIU

Felony theft charges have been thrown out against two more NIU employees.

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