Northern Illinois University

Katie Finlon / WNIJ

The severance package for former Northern Illinois University president Doug Baker is now null and void, according to a court ruling Wednesday.

A DeKalb County judge ruled that the NIU Board of Trustees violated the Open Meetings Act. Judge Bradley Waller said in his decision that the board did not adequately notify the public of the terms of Baker’s more than $600,000 severance package.

AFSCME Wins Advisory Ruling Against NIU Parking Hike

Aug 25, 2017
niu.edu / afscme.org

An Illinois state labor board has ruled that its General Counsel should side with a Northern Illinois University employee union regarding the raise of parking pass prices. But the office says it’s not the final word on the case.

The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board office says the legally-binding decision is expected to come later next month.

NIU raised the price of parking permits by $19 in July 2016. That was after NIU and the newly-formed AFSCME bargaining unit – which includes clerical and administrative professionals – entered negotiations in February 2016.

Gov. Rauner Fills Out NIU Board Of Trustees

Jan 20, 2017
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has made three new appointments, including two alumni, and one reappointment to the Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees.

Dennis Barsema, who earned a bachelor's degree in management at NIU, is president and CEO of Redback Networks. He also has served as president and CEO of Onetta, Inc.

He is currently on the Board of Directors for five organizations, including Carpenter's Place and Nest.

NIU Prepares Campus Community For The Release Of Program Priorities

Apr 27, 2016
Katie Finlon / WNIJ

Northern Illinois University's President will soon announce the results from an extensive review process of programs and departments.

The findings will be released Monday.

President Doug Baker addressed the campus community at a town hall meeting on Wednesday. He summed up some of the review's objectives.

"How do we become more efficient and effective? How do we help each other do our jobs better?" Baker said.

NIU Vice Provost Lisa Freeman says 10 academic programs were volunteered for deletion.

Northern Illinois University

Illinois colleges and universities still haven’t received state funding due to the budget impasse. Northern Illinois University trustees passed a resolution earlier this month to address that.

NIU trustees passed a temporary budget in September. It anticipated Governor Bruce Rauner’s originally proposed cuts … which was about 29 percent less than the previous year's funding.  

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