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10:05 am
Thu September 6, 2012

NIU’s "Presidential Speaker Series": An Evening with Dennis Hastert and Bill Lipinski

Join WNIJ in digging into some of the wheelings, dealings, and realities of presidential politics. This fall’s "Presidential Speaker Series" concludes on November 8th with “An Evening with Dennis Hastert and Bill Lipinski,” at NIU-Naperville.

NIU investigation
6:55 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

NIU Confirms 'Coffee Fund;' Four Employees Put On Leave

Steve Cunningham

Northern Illinois University has confirmed the existence of an unauthorized bank account known as the "coffee fund" and taken steps toward potential discipline of four materials management employees.

NIU says records show the fund was used not for individual gain but for retirement celebrations, holiday parties and similar activities. However, the university says it is looking into whether this use of the fund violated university policy and/or state law.

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8:26 am
Thu August 30, 2012

NIU Hired Law Firm To Investigate Past Administrators

NIU's Altgeld Hall
Susan Stephens WNIJ

New details have emerged regarding the recent departure of two administrators at Northern Illinois University. The school hired a Sycamore law firm to investigate unspecified allegations against the two employees. The findings were presented to the employees in July, shortly before they signed separation agreements. 

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Photo Essay
4:27 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Welcome, Students! Scenes From NIU Move-In Day

Students helping students move into NIU's newest residence hall.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The annual ritual of Move-In Day took control of Northern Illinois University's campus today. An estimated 2,500 students will spend the evening unpacking and getting to know their new neighbors. It took 1,000 student volunteers, 100 staff and faculty members, and of course, hundreds of moms, dads, and friends to get their stuff from the curb to the dorm room. Eventually, 5,000 students will make their way into the residence halls.

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NIU investigation
7:10 am
Tue August 21, 2012

NIU welcomes DeKalb County prosecutor monitoring probe

DeKalb County State's Attorney Clay Campbell

Northern Illinois University officials announced today that they welcome the scrutiny of DeKalb County State's Atty. Clay Campbell over the so-called "coffee fund" investigation being conducted by the NIU campus police.

In a statement issued Monday, Campbell said his office is "closely monitoring" the situation, citing "various widely reported incidents of alleged misconduct" as reason for his concern.

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NIU shakeup
5:10 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Departed NIU officials could face more consequences

Two Northern Illinois University administrators who abruptly resigned last month could be subject to further consequences despite termination agreements with NIU that put a stop to investigations pending at that time.

Robert Albanese, Associate Vice President for Facilities & Operations, submitted his resignation on July 19, effective July 31. John Gordon submitted his resignation as director of the NIU Convocation Center on July 20, effective immediately. 

In both cases, the university acknowledges that there were separate, independent allegations against Gordon and Albanese that were administratively investigated, and that the matter is subject to further investigation. 

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7:12 am
Tue July 3, 2012

State reduces funding for NIU

NIU's director of state and federal relations, Lori Clark

Illinois' new budget includes a 6% reduction in higher education spending. For Northern Illinois University, that means a cut of more than $6 million.

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6:12 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

How dry we are! Red Flag Warnings explained

Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste
Media Services Northern Illinois University
  • Susan Stephens interviews NIU meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste about Red Flag Warnings and whether he would fire up the grill under those conditions.

A large portion of northern Illinois was under a “red flag warning” Tuesday.  But what does that mean? On Tuesday afternoon, WNIJ’s Susan Stephens called Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste to get an explanation.

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3:21 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Proposed DeKalb mosque clears first hurdle

Detail from plans for new mosque in DeKalb
Susan Stephens WNIJ

DeKalb-area Muslims are a step closer to a new mosque. Last night, the city’s planning committee approved a zoning change to allow a mosque to be built in a residential area on Normal Road, near the NIU campus.  

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4:28 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

New NIU students' tuition up $200 in fall

NIU's Altgeld Hall
Susan Stephens WNIJ

This fall’s crop of freshmen at Northern Illinois University can expect to pay $200 more in tuition per semester than last year’s freshmen. The NIU Board of Trustees approved a tuition increase of 4.75% at its meeting Thursday.

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