The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees unanimously voted to rescind Dennis Hastert's honorary degree from the school. The Board met Thursday afternoon to discuss the matter during a special meeting.


Records show Northern Illinois University spent almost $1 million over the last five years on search firms to help fill executive-level positions.

No free tuition for NIU football fans

Feb 3, 2016

There is no student winner in a contest for free tuition at Northern Illinois University.  Last semester, NIU offered one lucky student the chance to win free tuition for the spring semester if they attended all six home football games. 

NIU resolves travel reimbursement issue

Jan 5, 2016

An eleven-month travel expense ordeal that started with a Northern Illinois University audit issue has come to an end. A state audit report in March 2015 found NIU improperly reimbursed former consultant Ron Walters for traveling from NIU to his home state, Washington. 

A man's charred body found Tuesday on the Northern Illinois University campus has been identified as that of a former student.

Bibles can no longer be found in the rooms of Northern Illinois University's campus hotel after a secular group complained it had no place in nightstands.

Illinois’ budget impasse is getting the attention of more and more students at Northern Illinois University.  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner visits DeKalb tonight to speak to members of the County’s Economic Development Corporation.

Mumps case turns up at NIU

Oct 2, 2015

DEKALB, Ill. - County health officials have confirmed a Northern Illinois University student has mumps. A notice was sent to students, faculty and staff by email. University officials say they're working with the DeKalb County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health to provide more community information. Illinois' outbreak has centered on the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus, where more than 100 cases have been confirmed. Two cases were confirmed last month at Eastern Illinois University. Mumps is no longer common in the U.S.

NIU Official: Student Dead After Apparent Fall

Sep 28, 2015
Northern Illinois University

A Northern Illinois University student apparently fell to his death from his campus residence hall window late Saturday. 

The NIU student later died from his injuries after he fell 11 stories from his dorm room window. He is believed to have removed the window's screen right before he fell.

NIU police have not released the name of the student or the circumstances surrounding his death. 

The DeKalb County coroner’s office says an autopsy is scheduled for today. Findings will be released in a joint statement this afternoon. 

This story will be updated continuously as developments arise.

   The number of students enrolled at Northern Illinois University has dipped slightly, but retention rates are improving. The university released its 10-day enrollment count for the academic year on Wednesday. The university reported an enrollment of 20,130 students, a decrease of about 2.3 percent from last year. NIU President Doug Baker says: "We are not where we want to be, but there are encouraging signs of progress."   The one-year retention rate for last year's freshmen increased 1 percentage point, to 72 percent. Baker says the university also has been recruiting higher-achieving st

Northern Illinois University is offering students a chance at free tuition for spring semester if they attend all six home football games this season.

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - Nearly 650 workers at Northern Illinois University have signed a petition and filed it with the state labor board asking to unionize. The workers want to organize under American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents other NIU employees and about 5,000 other state university workers.

There will be no jail time for nearly two dozen former Northern Illinois University fraternity members associated with an unsanctioned party where a pledge died.

Five former Northern Illinois University fraternity members are expected to enter plea agreements in a felony hazing case involving the death of a pledge in 2012.

An attorney for the family of a Northern Illinois University student who died after a party, says five fraternity members charged in his death won't face jail time per plea agreements.

Northern Illinois University is offering a course this semester on the HBO series "Game of Thrones."

  The new finance boss at Northern Illinois University says he's looking into what the school should do after a state audit found a temporary employee was improperly reimbursed $32,000 for travel.

State colleges sharing best practices

Oct 30, 2013

A two-day conference at Illinois State University seeks to spread best practices among the state's institutions of higher learning. All public four-year universities and most community colleges are in attendance, sharing in each other's practices aimed at boosting graduation rates and reducing costs.