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Hmong History On Display At NIU's Pick Museum

Apr 9, 2016
Chase Cavanaugh

The Northern Illinois University Pick Museum of Anthropology is hosting an exhibition and oral history exhibit about the Hmong. 

This Southeast Asian group has lived across China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand, but has a very recent history.  During the 1960s, the Hmong were recruited by the CIA to fight against the North Vietnamese in Laos.  The clandestine nature of these operations gave the brief conflict its name,  "the Secret War."  

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A program designed to educate -- and keep -- engineers in Rockford officially kicked off its six-million dollar fundraising campaign Tuesday. The joint project between Rock Valley College and Northern Illinois University is already halfway to its goal.

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DeKalb-area education leaders, students, and service providers held a rally Thursday at Northern Illinois University to send a

   message to state lawmakers: end the budget impasse.

There were no organized chants, no waving signs -- but there IS a social media hashtag: #RallyForIL

Students from NIU and Kishwaukee College were among the community members who spoke up about how the lack of a state budget hurts them, especially the hold on MAP grants, which help pay for their schooling.

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Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority says a 19-year-old Northern Illinois University student called 911 three times asking them to send police before he was fatally shot by an officer.

The agency that investigates police shootings revealed Monday the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communication identified two additional 911 calls placed by Quintonio LeGrier prior to his death and that of 55-year-old Bettie Jones.

One call by LeGrier had previously been made public.

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Reimbursements for some Illinois county positions haven’t been paid since July – even though they’re required by law.

That’s because of the state budget gridlock.

Those positions include each county’s state’s attorney, public defender and assessment supervisor.

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The bills are mounting for Northern Illinois University in the investigation of President Doug Baker by state Executive Inspector General Maggie Hickey's office.

According to the Daily Chronicle, the university is paying the Boston-based law firm on Baker’s behalf.

The newspaper reports expenses totaled over $85,000 during the months of March and September this year.

Members of the NIU Board of Trustees said the university has an obligation to defend Baker. Others are concerned about the rising legal bills.

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Northern Illinois University students will soon receive an e-mail to name a mental health emergency contact person. That’s because the school will soon be required by law to provide that paperwork.

The Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Act says colleges and universities have to provide incoming students a form that would allow the school to disclose mental health information about the student to a designated person. That’s if the school thinks the student is a threat to others or him-or-herself. 

NIU Passes Water Test For Lead

Nov 16, 2015
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The Environmental Protection Agency requires drinking water testing for lead every three years. Northern Illinois University passed – with one initial exception.

The EPA requires corrective action if 20 percent of a system’s samples have more than 15 parts of lead per billion. Only one NIU fountain -- located in the visual arts building -- tested positive for lead under these criteria. That’s according to an NIU staff memo.

Officials say the unsafe sample was taken from a mechanical hot water heating line. They corrected the problem and drew another sample, which passed.

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University of Illinois trustees are scheduled to vote Thursday on a resolution urging state lawmakers to agree on a budget. The impasse has been weighing on the minds of many public university leaders.

Illinois has been without a budget since July, putting pressure on the state's universities to dip into cash reserves. It also worries students who rely on MAP grants.

Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker says he has made several trips to Springfield, and joins other university leaders in keeping a close eye on lawmakers and the governor.

Two Northern Illinois University students and another man were arrested Friday in connection with the Sept. 26 death of Oluwarotimi "Timi" Okedina. Okedina fell from an eleventh story window in Stevenson Towers, a residence hall complex at NIU. The 19-year-old was in his second year at Northern and studying geology.

The DeKalb County Coroner found that Okedina had LSD and marijuana in his system at the time of his death. Investigators determined it played a role in the fall that killed him, which was ruled accidental.

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