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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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