Northern Illinois University

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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.

NIU, Sauk Valley Partner To Make Degrees Convenient

Oct 14, 2015
Sauk Valley Community College / Northern Illinois University

Sauk Valley Community College and Northern Illinois University have partnered to make earning a degree more convenient.

Sauk Valley president Dave Hellmich and NIU president Doug Baker came together on Tuesday to sign two new agreements.

The first is the "reverse transfer agreement", allowing Sauk Valley students to transfer to NIU and finish their associate’s degree within any department. Likewise, NIU students can transfer credits to Sauk Valley to finish their associate’s.

NIU Releases Latest Safety & Security Report

Oct 5, 2015
Northern Illinois University

There are a few things to take note of in Northern Illinois University’s most recent safety and security report.

According to the report, no hate crimes have been reported at NIU in two years. But you might notice drug law violations more than doubled from 2013 to 2014.

WNIJ

A 19 year old Northern Illinois University student died this weekend after falling eleven stories from his dormitory room window.  Oluwarotimi "Timi" Okedina is believed to have removed the screen from the window in the Stevenson Towers residential complex Saturday night right before he fell. 

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