Northern Illinois Univeristy

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Northern Illinois University leaders held a town hall meeting with employees yesterday to outline budget challenges. NIU President Doug Baker and top administrators talked about efforts to bring in more students and streamlining operations. They also answered questions about whether people will lose jobs under the state’s budget uncertainties.

WNIJ's Free Range Radio recently broadcast a radio drama featuring a “new take” on H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds”.

It was written, acted and produced by local northern Illinois high school students from NIU's STEM Read program. The premiere of their production, that includes DeKalb County landmarks and an invasion of adorable but deadly hamsters from space, took place at Northern Public Radio's Studio A .


Illinois State Comptroller Leslie Munger and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin will meet with Northern Illinois University officials today to discuss financial matters.

Munger, a Republican appointed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, will discuss dealing with the state’s budget crisis at 1:30 p.m. She also will visit Waubonsee College this morning.

Durbin, the Number Two Democrat in the U.S. Senate, will talk about proposed legislation to ensure funding for research at 2:30 p.m.

Durbin is making earlier stops at the Whiteside Area Career Center in Sterling and the Rock Island Arsenal.

Susan Stephens

Northern Illinois University employees will have a five-day work week for the second summer in a row.

Before, Northern Illinois University workers were expected to work 9 and a half hour days Monday through Thursday. Last year -- along with bringing in a new president -- NIU brought back the five-day week and added three different flex-time options from June to August.