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Illinois Politicians Hellbent On Destroying Higher Education

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.24.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek Our politicians appear to be hellbent on destroying our Illinois public colleges. If you have a child ...

Locally Grown Food Could Be Good for Illinois' Economy

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.31.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Editor's Note: The landscape in rural Illinois is changing rapidly as family farms give way to industrial agricultural production. This change is havi...

Map: Which States Illinoisans Moved to the Most

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.30.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

New research from Northern Illinois University's Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) found that Illinois lost nearly 10,000 citizens between 2013 and 2014. This was the largest decline in absolute numbers of any state in the nation.

Basketball Player Barely Avoids Getting Squished By Collapsing Basket

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.02.2015 | Sports

There are many things that can befall a basketball player. The entire basket collapsing on you probably doesn't come first to mind. Watch John Simo...

K-12, Higher Education Worlds Must Collide to Improve Student Outcomes

Douglas D. Baker | Posted 04.26.2015 | College
Douglas D. Baker

We believe that budget discussions should consider the growing role that institutions like ours play in educating our young people, long before freshmen check into their residence hall rooms for fall semester.

Why I Choose to Be the Annoying Friend

Mac Grambauer | Posted 04.26.2015 | Women
Mac Grambauer

I am an annoying friend. I am the person that gets unfollowed on Facebook and that people avoid mentioning certain topics around. I am the friend constantly sharing petition and calls to action, political articles and news stories. At parties, I am the one that shouts at friends to go vote, and lectures siblings when they don't update their voter registration address

Engagement Needs to Be a Watchword for the 21st Century University

Douglas D. Baker | Posted 12.08.2014 | College
Douglas D. Baker

As a president of a major public university, I'm a strong advocate of the value of a four-year bachelor's degree, and studies do bear out the proposition that those who have that degree fare better in life than those who don't.

No, Northern Illinois University, Your Web Policy Really Isn't OK

Susan Kruth | Posted 10.21.2014 | College
Susan Kruth

Why would a student accessing Wikipedia receive a warning about "Illegal or Unethical" content if NIU is just trying to address sites that "pose an active security risk?"

Emily Thomas

'Buzzkill' University Shuts Down Social Media Ban Rumors | Emily Thomas | Posted 08.21.2014 | College

Northern Illinois University faced a storm of haterade from the Internet this week after several news outlets reported the institution had banned stud...

Tied Up With Student Loans? Maybe You Went to One of These Schools?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.06.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

You graduate college and enter the real world, and then reality hits. You need to pay rent, pay for utilities and, most likely, start paying back your loans.

What's the Cost for Public Universities in Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.15.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

For the better part of a decade, Illinois' public universities have been battling ever-shrinking state funding. That's driven tuition costs up.

Fraternity Banned For 'Mentally Scarring,' 'Sexually Humiliating'

The Huffington Post | William McGuinness | Posted 03.13.2013 | College

Cornell University will no longer recognize the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity after two of its pledges were hospitalized following a "mentally scarring" ...

5 Ways To Look Hireable On Facebook

Posted 02.29.2012 | Women

There’s another reason to feel a twinge of envy toward those acquaintances with 1,000-plus Facebook friends. You know, the ones whose walls are an i...

NIU Player Shot, Critically Injured

Sporting News | Staff Report | Posted 06.06.2011 | Sports

According to the DeKalb Police report obtained by, Nothern Illinois University football player Devon Butler was a visitor in an apartme...

Three Years Later: NIU Remembers Deadly Shooting Rampage

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Northern Illinois University will hold a memorial this afternoon on the DeKalb campus to mark the third anniversary of shootings that left five studen...

If We All Had Guns, We'd All Be Safer

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
B. Jeffrey Madoff

Gun advocates claim that we'd be safer if more people had guns. I agree. In order to assure a safer more crime-free society, teachers should be armed. Students should be armed. Convenience store clerks...

NIU Student Mourned As Murder Probe Continues

Herald News | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

As police declared their hunt for missing Northern Illinois University freshman Antinette "Toni" Keller has become a murder investigation, hundreds of...

Remains Not Positively Identified As Missing NIU Student

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Officials were unable to conclude whether or not human remains found near the Northern Illinois University campus were those of a missing student beca...

Remains May Be Those Of Missing Northern Illinois Student

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

The campus of Northern Illinois University has increased on-campus security after human remains were discovered in a nearby park. There has been no...

Police Search For Missing Northern Illinois Student | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Antinette Keller, or Toni as she goes by, disappeared last Thursday while taking a walk near the NIU campus. Her unusual disappearance has left stude...

Report On Steven Kazmierczak: NIU Shooter Was 'Fragile,' 'Angry'

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Northern Illinois University graduate who killed five students and wounded 21 others in one of the worst college shootings in U.S. history may hav...

NIU Shooting 2010: Student Wounded In Northern Illinois University Shooting

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Northern Illinois University student was shot Friday morning in an apparent "isolated incident" on the DeKalb campus. The shooting comes one week af...

The Same Old Story

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

If the cases of Seung-Hui Cho and Steven Kazmierczak have taught us anything, it's that red flags do appear consistently among shooters. What is needed is a screening process.

College Newspaper First On The Scene In Northern Illinois University Shooting

New York Times | BRIAN STELTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

When news breaks on college campuses -- as it did when a gunman killed five students at Northern Illinois University last week -- reporters from the c...