Northern Illinois University

John La Tourette returns for inauguration
2:54 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Former NIU President "Enthusiastic" About School's New Leader

Retired NIU President John La Tourette visits campus
Susan Stephens WNIJ

An important figure in Northern Illinois University’s history is back on campus today to celebrate the school’s future. NIU’s tenth president John La Tourette will attend the inauguration of the 12th president, Doug Baker. 

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Death investigation
5:06 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Woman Jumps From NIU Parking Garage

NIU police block access to the campus parking garage Friday afternoon after a young woman jumped to her death.
Credit Eric Hradecky / WNIJ

A young woman fell to her death Friday afternoon at Northern Illinois University. Police say the unidentified woman was in her late teens or early twenties and apparently killed herself by jumping from the campus parking deck .

The university says the person was not a student, nor was she an NIU employee.

The area around the parking garage was blocked off by NIU and DeKalb police this afternoon shortly after the incident. First responders tried to resuscitate the woman, who was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital where she died.

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Announces several leadership changes
6:29 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

NIU's President Baker Shaking The Organizational Tree

Credit NIU

Northern Illinois University's new president is putting his mark on the school's organizational charts. President Doug Baker announced a number of leadership changes at the university today.

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President Baker welcomes students
2:49 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Rainy Day, Sunny Outlook: NIU's Move-In Day

The rainiest NIU move-in day in recent memory
Guy Stephens WNIJ

The annual migration of students from all around the country, all around the world, for that matter, to their new home in DeKalb is underway. It's Move-In Day at Northern Illinois University.

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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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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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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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Coffee Fund
5:59 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Another NIU "Coffee Fund" Case Dropped

NIU Controller Keith Jackson
Credit NIU

Charges have been dropped against one of Northern Illinois University’s top financial officials. University controller Keith Jackson was charged last year with two felonies and one misdemeanor related to the so-called “coffee fund” scandal. 

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Presidential search in "final stage"
5:34 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

NIU's Next President Announced Soon

Credit Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University officials are preparing to announce who their next leader will be. Although school representatives are being cryptic about the announcement, it could come as early as this week.

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