Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker

Susan Stephens

Northern Illinois University President Lisa Freeman sent out an email to employees of the school on Wednesday outlining next steps for their return to campus.  She said that return would be a "trickle" not a "flood."

Many have been working remotely since March when NIU began closing campus facilities in the wake of concerns over the spread of COVID-19, and, later, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home-order.

Peter Medlin

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said in his State of the State address Wednesday that “urgent action” is needed this session to deal with climate change.  

“Adopting new clean energy legislation," Pritzker said, "that reduces carbon pollution, promotes renewable energy, and accelerates electrification of our transportation sector.”

The governor said Illinois is already suffering from the effects of climate change. He cited last year’s polar vortex and devastating floods as examples.