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The search for a new president for Northern Illinois University is getting underway. The Presidential Search Preparation Committee held one of several public meetings Thursday.

The committee’s announced mission is to create benchmarks based on current practices and trends related to presidential searches and contracts, and prepare a draft of the job description as well as a document listing “points of pride” for the university.

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The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees has signed on to a bill that would guarantee stable funding for the school while imposing several performance standards.

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Field trips are a hallmark of grade school, often with memorable visits to a local museum, park or business. But not many students get the same opportunity once they reach college.  A group at Northern Illinois University wants to change that.

Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger is facing challenges in the 16th Illinois Congressional District from a local Democrat and his own party.

Rockford-based Nathan Arroyave has said he plans to run a “very progressive” campaign. Like Bernie Sanders, Arroyave wants a single-payer health-care system and a $15 minimum hourly wage.  

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Some important events happened this week.

The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit record highs. And President-elect Donald Trump continued to announce his cabinet picks.

But a federal court ruling could have even more far-reaching effects.

A three-judge panel ruled Wisconsin's 2011 redistricting law unconstitutional -- a move that could affect the redistricting process in every state where lawmakers draw political maps.

In a 2-1 ruling, the panel said Wisconsin's districts, drawn by Republicans, unfairly affected Democratic voters.

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Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s controversial remarks could affect the Illinois U.S. Senate race, according to one expert.

Northern Illinois University political scientist Matt Streb says he can’t remember a time when candidates distanced themselves from their party’s nominee. He says this is affecting the race between incumbent Republican Sen. Mark Kirk and Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth.

Democrat Leslie Coolidge is facing incumbent Republican Peter Roskam.  Coolidge, a Harvard educated CPA, says she has the fiscal wherewithal to help make the economy a priority in Washington.  Roskam campaigns in a Democrat-drawn district which largely keeps a Republican stronghold of voters. The district includes portions of McHenry and Kane counties.

Election Topics: Money, Media, Prognostication, Post-Mortem

Sep 7, 2012

As candidates head into the final 60 days before the election, Northern Illinois University will spotlight the issues which have helped to shape the political forum for this year’s presidential election.

Join WNIJ in digging into some of the wheelings, dealings, and realities of presidential politics. This fall’s "Presidential Speaker Series" concludes on November 8th with “An Evening with Dennis Hastert and Bill Lipinski,” at NIU-Naperville.

It's Primary Election Day in Illinois!

Mar 20, 2012

Today is primary election day in Illinois.  In addition to selecting candidates to represent their parties, Illinois citizens are voting on a variety of county and municipal referenda.  WNIJ will bring you election results after the polls close this evening, starting at 7pm.  WNIJ's Dan Klefstad will host our coverage.  He'll be joined in the studio by NIU Political Scientist Matt Streb, on-hand to analyze today's results.  We'll also have field reports from WNIJ's Susan Stephens and Guy Stephens

Illinois' 14th Congressional District primary looked to be a hot one, but national interest declined after Republican Congressman Joe Walsh dropped his challenge to the incumbent in the district, Randy Hultgren.

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The race for the Republican nomination in Illinois' 16th Congressional District is one of the most closely-watched in the nation.  That's according to Matt Streb, who chairs NIU's political science department.  The race is unusual because it pits two incumbent Congressmen against each other.  Streb analyzes this race in an interview with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad.