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A Winnebago County judge ruled 42-year-old Jody Kossow not guilty by reason of insanity.

The Rockford resident was charged for the Sept. 2013 stabbing death of her eight-year-old son Thomas. 

Officials say Kossow had “spiritual preoccupations” that led her to believe her son was possessed and needed to be killed; it also says she suffered from depression for months before the incident. 

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Northern Illinois University and the College of DuPage recently signed a guaranteed admission agreement.  

It allows students at the College of DuPage with at least a 2.0 grade point average guaranteed admission to NIU so they can pursue 4-year degrees.  High achievers (at least a 3.5 GPA) can also gain admission to the Honors Program.  

NIU Provost Lisa Freeman believes aspects of community colleges and four-year universities can blend together. She says the agreement is a recognition of this fact.  

Jury Acquits Ex-NIU Cop In Sexual Assault Case

Dec 15, 2016
Katie Finlon / WNIJ

A DeKalb County jury found 28-year-old Andrew Rifkin not guilty of sexually assaulting a Northern Illinois University freshman student in 2011, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The former NIU police officer was accused of assaulting the student during a consensual sexual encounter. 

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A pair of high-ranking Vice Presidents at Northern Illinois University are leaving the school next year.

Katie Finlon / WNIJ

Hundreds of students gathered for Northern Illinois University's undergraduate commencement ceremony Sunday at the Convocation Center. Friends, family, and relatives filled the stands for the graduation activities.

NIU President Doug Baker acknowledged what he calls "notable achievements" of several students, including Student Marshall Jessica Christofersen; she served in the United States Army, reported for The Northern Star, studied in England, and is working for commercial-pilot certification.

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