Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a public research university in DeKalb, Illinois. It was founded as Northern Illinois State Normal School on May 22, 1895, by Illinois Governor John P. Altgeld as part of an expansion of the state's system for producing college-educated teachers. In addition to the main campus in DeKalb, it has satellite centers in Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Rockford, and Oregon

The university is composed of seven degree-granting colleges and has a student body of 25,000 with over 240,000 alumni. Many of NIU's programs are nationally accredited for meeting high standards of academic quality, including business, engineering, nursing, visual and performing arts, and all teacher certification programs. NIU is one of only two public universities in Illinois that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the highest levels of all sports, Division I. The university's athletic teams are known as the Huskies and compete in the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

Coordinates: 41°56′2″N 88°46′40″W / 41.93389°N 88.77778°W

Northern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University seal
Academic affiliation
Endowment$74.7 million[1]
PresidentLisa Freeman
ProvostChristopher McCord
Location, ,
CampusUniversity town;
945.13 acres (382.5 ha)[2]
ColorsCardinal and Black[3]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IMAC
Northern Illinois University logo


Altgeld Hall and Still Hall along College Ave
Altgeld Hall and Still Hall along College Avenue. Altgeld Hall was the first building to be constructed on campus.

Northern Illinois University was founded as part of the expansion of the normal school program established in 1857 in Normal, Illinois. In 1895, the state legislature created a Board of Trustees for the governance of the Northern Illinois State Normal School, which would grow into what is today known as NIU.

In July 1917, the Illinois Senate consolidated the boards of trustees for the five state normal schools (Eastern Illinois State Normal School, Illinois State Normal School, Northern Illinois State Normal School, Southern Illinois State Normal University, and Western Illinois State Normal School) into one state Normal School Board.

Over the next fifty-eight years, the school and the governing board changed their names several times. In 1921, the legislature gave the institution the name Northern Illinois State Teachers College and empowered it to award the four-year Bachelor of Education degree. In 1941, the Normal School Board changed its name to the Teachers College Board. In 1951 the Teachers College Board authorized the college to grant the degree Master of Science in Education, and the institution's Graduate School was established. On July 1, 1955, the state legislature renamed the college Northern Illinois State College and authorized the college to broaden its educational services by offering academic work in areas other than teacher education. The Teachers College Board granted permission for the college to add curricula leading to the degrees Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. On July 1, 1957, the Seventieth General Assembly renamed Northern Illinois State College as Northern Illinois University in recognition of its expanded status as a liberal arts university.

In 1965, the Illinois State Teachers College Board became the Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities and was reorganized to include Northeastern University, Governor's State, and Chicago State Universities. In 1967 authority for Northern Illinois University, Illinois State University, and Sangamon State University were passed on to a newly formed Board of Regents. In 1984, the Board of Regents created the position of Chancellor for the three regent universities, to act as a chief executive for all three schools; the first person appointed chancellor was then-NIU President William R. Monat. The Board of Regents and the Chancellor governed the three Regency universities until the end of 1995. On January 1, 1996, authority for each of the three regency universities was transferred to three independent Boards of Trustees, each concerned solely with one university.[4]

On February 14, 2008, the university drew international attention when a gunman opened fire in a crowd of students on campus, killing five students and injuring 17 more people, before fatally shooting himself.

University presidents

13 presidents have served at the university.[5]

  • John Williston Cook (1899–1919)
  • J. Stanley Brown (1919–1927)
  • Joseph Clifton Brown (1927–1929)
  • Karl L. Adams (1929–1948)
  • Leslie A. Holmes (1949–1967)
  • Rhoten A. Smith (1967–1971)
  • Richard J. Nelson (1971–1978)
  • William R. Monat (1978–1984)
  • Clyde Wingfield (1985–1986)
  • John E. La Tourette (1986–2000)
  • John G. Peters (2000–2013)
  • Douglas D. Baker (2013–2017)
  • Lisa C. Freeman (2017–present)


Northern Illinois University
Year founded
College of Business
College of Education
College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
College of Health and Human Sciences
College of Law
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
College of Visual and Performing Arts

NIU has seven degree-granting colleges[6] that together offer more than 60 undergraduate majors, 70 minors, nine pre-professional programs, and 79 graduate programs, including a College of Law,[7] and over 20 areas of study leading to doctoral degrees.[8] Many of NIU's academic programs are nationally accredited for meeting the highest standards of academic quality and rigor, including business, engineering, nursing, visual and performing arts, and all teacher certification programs.[9] New interdisciplinary academic programs in Environmental Studies and Community Leadership and Civic Engagement were established in FY 2012.


University rankings
Forbes[10] 599
Times/WSJ[11] 601-800
U.S. News & World Report[12] 231-300
Washington Monthly[13] 151
U.S. News & World Report[14] 656

Northern Illinois University was ranked the 30th top college in the United States by Payscale and CollegeNet's Social Mobility Index college rankings.[15] NIU is classified as a "National University" by U.S. News & World Report. In the most recent 2014 edition, NIU was ranked number 177 out of 206 ranked National Universities (75 National Universities were left unranked). The same publication also ranks NIU as 41st best in the country for Public Affairs programs,[16] and within that field, NIU's program in City Management & Urban Policy is ranked 3rd in the nation and the Public Finance & Budgeting program at 12th.[16][17] Carnegie categorizes Northern as: "RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity).[18]

Washington Monthly ranks NIU as the 135th National University in the United States, making it the 3rd highest ranked public university in Illinois. Forbes magazine, which began publishing an annual list in 2008, prepared by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity,[19] of "America's Best Colleges",[20] uses the list of alumni published in Who's Who in America, student evaluations from, self-reported salaries of alumni from PayScale, four-year graduation rates, numbers of students and faculty receiving "nationally competitive awards," and four-year accumulated student debt to calculate the rankings,[21] and placed NIU as number 561 on its list.[22]

Science and research

Davis Hall from Central Quad at NIU
Davis Hall - the old science building - at NIU
College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET) 05
NIU College of Engineering

NIU is a member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.[23] NIU is also a member of the prominent Universities Research Association that manages several federal physics laboratories including Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. The university is expanding its program in accelerator technology.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognizes Northern Illinois University as high-level research institution of higher education, based on breadth of research and academic programs. Carnegie categorizes Northern as: "RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity)."[18] The Northern Illinois University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was listed in the American Chemical Society's trade journal Chemical & Engineering News on September 26, 2005, as one of the top 25 producers of ACS-certified Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry in the United States.

The Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences is known for programs in hydrogeology and polar science. The department has held leadership roles in Antarctic geological drilling programs since the Dry Valley Drilling project in the early 1970s, and faculty and their students have been continuously active in numerous Antarctic climate history research and field work, including the Cape Roberts Project, The ANDRILL project and the WISSARD project.

Established in 1963, Northern Illinois University's Center for Southeast Asian Studies[24] (CSEAS) is currently one of seven federally recognized National Resource Centers (NRC) for Southeast Asian foreign language and area studies. NIU has been awarded the Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies[25] (FLAS) Fellowships since 1974 and Undergraduate NRC grants since 1997.[26] NIU's CSEAS operates within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and offers an undergraduate minor and a graduate concentration in Southeast Asian studies, enrolling more than 1,500 students each year.

Other programs

  • The NIU School of Theatre and Dance has a relationship with the Moscow Art Theatre School. Graduate students spend a month training in Moscow, while the undergraduates participate in a semester-long program.
  • The NIU Rehabilitation Counseling program is noted nationwide. In the 2010-2011 academic year, the program graduated seven students, whose average GPA was 3.90. Of those graduating, 86% were successful in passing the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam, and 100% of the graduates are employed.
  • The NIU Terminal Masters Program in Philosophy
  • The NIU Center for Southeast Asian Studies is dedicated to increasing the world’s knowledge and understanding of Southeast Asia's eleven countries: Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.[24]


The main campus sits on 756 acres in DeKalb and includes 64 major buildings. Additional campus sites include, the Lorado Taft Field Campus (144 acres), Rockford Campus (10 acres), Hoffman Estates Campus (23.93 acres), and the Naperville Campus (11.2 acres).[2]

One of the most prominent buildings on campus is the castle-like Altgeld Hall. It is one of the five castle-themed buildings built according to the suggestion of Governor John Peter Altgeld. The auditorium in Altgeld Hall, which was designed to also function as a ballroom, was restored and can seat up to 500.[27] On the level below the auditorium, the original gym was transformed into a computer classroom.[28] Also on the same level is the NIU Art Museum which occupies two large spaces.

Altgeld Hall-1st bldg on campus ever
Altgeld Hall

The East Lagoon near Altgeld is a spot on campus.[29] Barsema Hall, which houses the College of Business, opened its doors in 2002. This 144,000 square-foot facility houses modern classrooms, faculty offices, several computer labs, a large atrium at the center of the building as well as a 375-seat auditorium.

Hotel tower other side
The tower of Holmes Student Center

The Holmes Student Center houses several lounges, computer labs, restaurants, and the University Bookstore. It is home to the Huskies Den, which features bowling, billiards, a video arcade and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gaming. The Holmes Student Center also houses a 78-room hotel.

Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Commons at night
The Martin Luther King Commons at night

Residence halls

NIU's residence halls (including two complexes with four 12-story towers each) provide several living options to on-campus students.[30] Living-learning floors include the Health Professions House; Business Careers House; Teacher Education and Certification House (TEACH); Honors House; International House; Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) House; and Fine Arts House.[31] Other floor options include all-men, all-women, transfers, quiet lifestyle and alcohol-free.

Northern View Community, which opened in 2008, offers apartments to undergraduate students who are at least two years post-high school, graduate students, law students, or any student who has a dependent and/or a partner or spouse.[32]

The New Residence Hall, a 1,000-bed complex just north of Lincoln Hall, opened to all students in the fall of 2012. It features two residential buildings where students can live in clusters of 12.[33]

After an extensive renovation, Grant C Tower reopened in the fall of 2011 with completely new accommodations and furnishings for NIU students. Gilbert Hall, which had not been used as a residence hall since 1995, underwent a complete renovation and re-opened in the fall of 2013. Grant D Tower was renovated and re-opened in the fall of 2013.

Douglas Hall, a part of the pair of residence halls Lincoln-Douglas, was demolished by the spring of 2016. Lucinda Avenue has been extended and used since the spring of 2016. This is a part of the master plan to create a new campus.

Residence halls in use:[34]

  • Gilbert Hall
  • Grant Towers
  • Neptune Hall
  • New Residence Hall
  • Northern View
  • Stevenson Towers

Athletic facilities

On the west side of campus is Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium, the home of NIU football games, which also often hosts other outdoor events. Huskie Stadium, which has a seating capacity over 30,000, is surrounded by large open grassy areas which provide recreation, and also serve as the tailgating lots for football games. There is also a baseball field, Ralph McKinzie Field; a softball field, Mary M. Bell Field; a soccer field, Huskie Soccer Complex; and tennis courts, Gullikson Tennis Courts, which flank Huskie Stadium.

At the stadium's north end zone are two athletic buildings. The first is the $14-million Jeffrey and Kimberly Yordon Academic and Athletic Performance Center, whose namesakes donated $2.5 million in the fall of 2006 to help with the construction. The facility opened in August 2007. The second is the Kenneth and Ellen Chessick Indoor Practice Center,[35] an 80,600-square-foot practice facility that houses the football, baseball, and softball teams. Ground was broken for the building in November 2012 and it was completed in October 2013.

The Student Recreation Center is the main facility for Recreation Services. The building, serving approximately 2,000 patrons daily, features 100,373 square feet (9,325.0 m2) of space, abundant state-of-the-art exercise and sports equipment, and numerous services to meet students' recreation, fitness and wellness needs.

The residence halls, located in the same area as the athletic facilities, are also flanked by numerous sand volleyball areas, a large quad between the dorms, basketball courts, skating courts, Eco Lake, and open fields for recreation.

On the far west side of campus is the Convocation Center, a 10,000 seat arena opened in 2002. The Convocation Center hosts NIU men's and women's basketball, gymnastics, wrestling, and volleyball, Victor E. Court, games, the opening convocation ceremony for incoming freshmen, music concerts, and a variety of events throughout the year including job fairs, internship fairs, and other expositions.

At the corner of Annie Glidden Road and Lucinda Avenue is the Chick Evans Field House, home to two large activity rooms with mirrors often used by dance clubs; a three-lane, 1/7-mile jogging and walking track; four multipurpose courts for basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer and floor hockey; and a cardio- and strength-training room, which has been under-used since the basketball team moved to the Convocation Center. The field house continues to host expositions and sporting events of a smaller scale, and is the headquarters for the campus ROTC program.

Two swimming pools are located in Anderson and Gabel Halls.

Student life


NIU's Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management hosts numerous programs to enhance students' learning and living experience on campus.

The First and Second Year Experience office (FSYE) hosts UNIV 101 (University Experience) and UNIV 201 (The Transfer Experience), which provide an introduction to college. These elective 1-credit, 12-week courses are designed to help new students adjust to NIU and develop the skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond. During the fall of 2009, more than 62 percent of the freshman class enrolled in a UNIV 101 course.[36]

A new Academic Advising Center works with "undecided" students from the time they arrive on campus during orientation until they select a major. The student-centered staff advises students as they develop specialized academic plans compatible with student educational and life goals.

Resource centers serve African-American, Asian-American and Latino students as well as off-campus and non-traditional students, military veterans, lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender students.

Among the many services of the office of Student Involvement & Leadership Development are opportunities for local and far-reaching volunteerism, including NIU Cares Day, Rake Across DeKalb and alternative spring break programs.

The Counseling & Student Development Center supports the academic, emotional, social and cultural development of students through counseling, assessment, crisis response, outreach, consultation, training and educational services.

Health Enhancement provides health promotion information, materials and interventions. The staff includes four health educators and a health consultant.

The Huskie Bus Line, the largest student-run university bus system in Illinois, operates seven days a week while school is in session during the fall and spring semesters. On the weekends it runs a different route.[37] There is a system that allows one to track the location of Huskie Buses online in real-time.

While the campus has Internet, the university's Acceptable Usage Policy forbids its usage for "political activities".[38][39] Social media sites are only restricted on university equipment and after a warning is provided to discontinue use. All other restrictions, including those pertaining to political activities, also apply to personal computers using the campus network.[38]

Northern Illinois University has an active presence on social media Sites, like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.[40] The university has a social media policy for its employees, which serves to promote a sense of community throughout the university community.[41]


NIU's Campus Child Care Center offers care to children aged two months to five years, along with a summer school program for children ages 6 to 8. Enrollment is secured on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given first to currently enrolled families, followed by NIU students, NIU faculty and staff, and the community. The center is licensed through the State of Illinois and accredited through the Academy of Early Childhood Program Accreditation.

The Campus Life Building is home to the Campus Activities Board, Career Services, the Counseling and Student Development Center, the Honors Program, the Northern Star student newspaper, the Student Association, and Student Involvement and Leadership Development.


NIU has more than 400 student organizations, including recreational sports clubs such as lacrosse, volleyball, rugby, swimming, and ice hockey. Groups embrace interests from academics, advocacy, athletics and the arts to community service, ethnicity, politics, language studies, and religion.[42]

Panhellenic Council sororities include Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Phi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Gamma, Delta Zeta, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Lambda Sigma, Lambda Theta Alpha and Sigma Sigma Sigma.

National Pan-Hellenic fraternities and sororities include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Iota Phi Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta.

Interfraternity Council fraternities include Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Kappa Lambda, Delta Chi, Delta Upsilon, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Kappa Sigma, Phi Kappa Theta, Phi Sigma Kappa, Omega Delta, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Alpha Mu, Sigma Nu,and Tau Kappa Epsilon.

United Greek Council fraternities and sororities include Alpha Phi Gamma, Alpha Psi Lambda, Alpha Sigma Omega, Chi Sigma Tau, Gamma Phi Omega, Kappa Delta Chi, Kappa Pi Beta, Kappa Phi Lambda, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Lambda Theta Phi, Phi Rho Eta, Sigma Lambda Beta, Sigma Lambda Gamma, and Tau Phi Sigma.

Each year, several of the Greek organizations at NIU host IFC Tugs, a bracket-style athletic tournament competition similar to tug-of-war with a long history at Northern Illinois University. NIU Tugs was captured on film in a 1996 documentary, Tugs Untied, about NIU's unique version of the sport; the 37-minute documentary won the "Best of Arizona" award at the 2000 Arizona International Film Festival.[43]

Arts and culture

NIU Anthropology Museum in Cole Hall
NIU Anthropology Museum in Cole Hall (display cases, sometimes referred to as cabinets)
"Olive Goyle" sculpture near McMurry Hall
"Olive Goyle" sculpture near McMurry Hall
Jack Arends Hall at NIU, November 2013
Jack Arends Hall - NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts

Students and faculty in NIU's College of Visual and Performing Arts host dozens of art exhibitions, musical concerts' and theatrical and dance productions throughout the year. Many are free.

The NIU Anthropology Museum was opened to the public on February 12, 2012 in Cole Hall. The Anthropology collections are extensive, with foci on North American native collections and cultural artifacts from throughout Southeast Asia. NIU's School of Music also is home to the internationally renowned NIU Jazz Ensemble, the NIU Steelband, and the Avalon String Quartet, described by the Chicago Tribune as "an ensemble that invites you – ears, mind and spirit – into its music."

The NIU Art Museum, which has several galleries in Altgeld Hall, hosts several shows of professional works. The campus also houses the Anthropology Museum, the Blackwell History of Education Museum, the Burma Art Collection and the theater-based Historic Scenic Collection.

The Department of Communication sponsors the annual Reality Bytes Film Festival, created in 2002 by media studies professor Laura Vazquez to give NIU students the ability to competitively screen their work. The 2011 festival received more than 40 entries from across the country and as far away as Cuba, South Africa and Australia.[44]

Since 2000 the Visual Communication program in the School of Art and Design has hosted the annual SEEK Design Conference, led by professor Steve Quinn. Students assist in coordinating this conference of about 200 attendees. SEEK has featured designers such as Stefan Sagmeister, Paula Scher, Massimo Vignelli, Chip Kidd, Rick Valicenti, Kyle Cooper, Debbie Millman, Eddie Opara, and Aaron Draplin.



NIU was a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1920 to 1967. Currently, the NIU Huskies compete in NCAA Division I, FBS (I-A) for Football, in the Mid-American Conference.

NIU's athletic department experienced large growth in reputation in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Almost completely unknown to observers from outside of Illinois before the mid-1990s, the Huskies were ranked as high as 10th in the 2003 AP College Football poll after victories against BCS opponents number 14 Maryland (who finished that season at number 17), number 21 Alabama and Iowa State. In 2010, NIU football had its first undefeated MAC regular season (8-0), and cracked the top 25 in Associated Press and coaches' polls. In 2012, NIU football, after winning another MAC Football Championship earned a place in the Orange Bowl and was the first team to participate in a BCS Bowl from the Mid-American Conference.

Titles and highlights

  • In 1963, the NIU Huskies football team were ranked #1 in the AP, claiming a share of the NCAA College Division national championship.
  • In 1982, the women's badminton team won the AIAW national collegiate championship.
  • In 1983, the Huskies grabbed their first-ever bowl win, defeating Cal State Fullerton in the California Bowl.
  • In 1996, the Huskies Lacrosse team finished second in the Wisconsin State Lacrosse Championships.
  • 2004 Silicon Valley Classic, NIU defeats Troy State.
  • In 2010, the NI Men's Rugby Club were champions of CARFU, the Chicago Area Rugby Football Union.
  • From 2008–present, the NIU Huskies football team made 8 straight bowl appearances.
  • In 2010, the NIU Huskies football team won the MAC West Championship.
  • In 2011, the NIU Huskies football team won the MAC Championship.
  • In 2011, the NIU Huskies soccer team won the MAC Championship and made it to the 2nd round of the NCAA National Tournament.
  • In 2012 (2011 season), the NIU Huskies football team defeated the Arkansas State Red Wolves in a Bowl.
  • In 2012, the NIU Huskies football team won the MAC Championship and became the first MAC team to earn a BCS bid with a selection to the 2013 Orange Bowl.
  • In 2013, the NIU Huskies football team became the first MAC team to defeat 2 Big Ten teams in non-conference games of the regular season and had a Heisman Trophy finalist, QB Jordan Lynch.
  • In 2014, the NIU Huskies football team won their 5th straight MAC West division title and claimed their 3rd MAC Championship in 4 years.
  • In 2015, the NIU Huskies football team won their 6th straight MAC West division title.
  • In 2018, the NIU Huskies football team won their 7th MAC West division title in their last nine seasons.

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Anna Moeller

Anna Moeller is a member of the Illinois House of Representatives who was sworn in March 31, 2014 to replace Keith Farnham, who resigned on March 19, 2014. She had previously served on the Elgin City Council and as Executive Director of the McHenry County Council of Governments. She was named an Edgar Fellow in 2012. She represents the 43rd district which includes all or parts of Elgin, Barrington Hills, Carpentersville, East Dundee and South Elgin.

Bob Morgan (Illinois politician)

Bob Morgan is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives for the 58th district. The district, along Chicago's North Shore suburbs, includes all or parts of the Bannockburn, Deerfield, Glencoe, Highwood, Highland Park, Lake Bluff Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Northbrook and North Chicago.Morgan is an attorney who has served as the state's lead healthcare attorney and its marijuana "czar".Morgan has a bachelor of arts from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and a juris doctor from Northern Illinois University College of Law. He is on the boards of the Anti-Defamation League and Equip for Equality.

Convocation Center (Northern Illinois University)

Northern Illinois University's Convocation Center is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose arena, at 1525 W Lincoln Hwy, in DeKalb, Illinois, USA. The arena opened in 2002. The Convocation Center is home to both the Northern Illinois Huskies men's basketball and women's basketball teams, volleyball, Wrestling, gymnastics, and women's indoor track and field squads. Previously, the basketball teams played at the Chick Evans Field House. The Convocation Center also houses many other events including the opening convocation ceremony for freshmen, concerts, job fairs, expositions, and the annual graduation ceremony.

The first Northern Illinois athletic event in the new facility happened on August 30, 2002, when the Huskies women's volleyball team defeated IUPUI, 3–1, in the opening round of the Best Western Invitational at Victor E. Court.Entertainers that have performed at the center include Bob Dylan (from MN), Bill Cosby, Blue Man Group, Brooks & Dunn, Daughtry, Drake, Dave Chappelle, Sugarland, Goo Goo Dolls, 3 Doors Down, Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner, Chamillionaire, Chingy (from STL), Rascal Flatts (from OH), Michelle Branch, John Mayer, Wayne Brady, O.A.R., Hoobastank, Ludacris (from IL. In 2003.), Ashlee Simpson, Jason Aldean, REO Speedwagon (from Champaign), Ja Rule, Counting Crows, Bill Engvall, Jimmy Eat World with Paramore, B.B. King, 311 (from Omaha), Cheap Trick (from Rockford), Joan Jett, Cedric the Entertainer (from STL), Larry the Cable Guy (from NE), Nelly and St. Lunatics in 2005, Sheryl Crow (from MO), Ciara, Dierks Bentley, Kanye West (from Oak Lawn, IL. In 2005.), Twista (from the Chi. In 2005.) Lupe Fiasco (from Chicago. In 2011.), Kid Cudi (from OH), Incubus, Staind, Big & Rich, Casting Crowns, Styx (from Chicago) with Kansas, Jars of Clay (from IL), Gretchen Wilson (from IL), Brett Eldredge (from IL), Garrison Keillor (from MN), Sesame Street Live, Young Jeezy, T.I., and T-Pain.

The arena was also the site of a memorial service held on February 24, 2008 in tribute to the victims of the Northern Illinois University shooting. Bon Jovi was scheduled to rehearse at the arena beginning February 14, 2008, prior to the start of the North American leg of their Lost Highway Tour on February 18 in Omaha, but was forced to start the tour without rehearsals due to the NIU shooting and the subsequent closure of the campus.A county-wide meeting of Jehovah's Witnesses takes place here yearly during the second weekend of August.

Dan Bellino

Daniel Anthony Bellino (born October 10, 1978) is an umpire in Major League Baseball.

DeKalb, Illinois

DeKalb is a city in DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. The population was 43,862 according to the 2010 census, up from 39,018 at the 2000 census. The city is named after decorated Franconian-French war hero Johann de Kalb, who died during the American Revolutionary War.

Glidden Field

Glidden Field was an athletic venue in the central United States, on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Opened in 1903, it was the home field of the NIU Huskies, primarily for football and track and field.

James J. Martin

James J. Martin (September 18, 1916 – April 4, 2004) was an American revisionist historian and author known for espousing Holocaust denial in his works. He is known for his 1964 book, American Liberalism and World Politics, 1931–1941. Fellow Holocaust denier Harry Elmer Barnes called it "unquestionably the most formidable achievement of World War II Revisionism."

Joan Allen

Joan Allen (born August 20, 1956) is an American actress. She began her career with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1977, won the 1984 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for And a Nightingale Sang, and won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her Broadway debut in Burn This. She is also a three-time Academy Award nominee; receiving Best Supporting Actress nominations for Nixon (1995) and The Crucible (1996), and a Best Actress nomination for The Contender (2000).

Allen's other film roles include Manhunter (1986), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988), The Ice Storm (1997), Face/Off (1997), Pleasantville (1998), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), The Upside of Anger (2005), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Death Race (2008), and The Bourne Legacy (2012). She won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 2015 film Room. She has also starred in the Broadway plays The Heidi Chronicles (1988), Impressionism (2009), and The Waverly Gallery (2018).

Joe Sosnowski

Joe Sosnowski (born April 13, 1977) is a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, first sworn in to represent the 69th district in 2010. The district he represents includes the municipalities of Belvidere, Caledonia, Capron, Cherry Valley, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Roscoe, South Beloit, Timberlane.

Lance Yednock

Lance Yednock is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives for the 76th district which includes Bureau, LaSalle, Putnam and Livingston counties in north central Illinois. Yednock was sworn in to office on January 9, 2018. Yednock, a business representative with International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, defeated one term incumbent Jerry Lee Long in the 2018 general election. He has a degree from Northern Illinois University.


Lincoln/Net is a digital history project created by the Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project, based at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. It preserves (in digital format) and provides access to primary documents relating to Lincoln's time in Illinois (1830-1861) as well as documents from the early years of Illinois' statehood. The historical materials include books, manuscripts, images, speeches, writings, and other types of documents. There are over 30,000,000 words of searchable text and over 3,000 audio/visual artifacts. These items are supplemented by biographical information and historical interpretations.

The archive materials can be accessed in a variety of ways. They are searchable using the site's search tool or you can browse by type of document. They have also been arranged thematically by the project staff, allowing users to explore a particular topic of interest. The themes included are: frontier settlement; Native American relations; economic development; women's experience and gender roles; African-Americans' experience and American racial attitudes; law and society; religion and culture; and political development. Each of these themes is accompanied by an essay which provides historical context and interpretation for the associated documents.

This project brought together and digitized materials from the University of Chicago, the Newberry Library, the Chicago Historical Society, Illinois State University, the Illinois State Archives, Lewis University, and Knox College. Work on the project was done collaboratively by a large group of people, including nearly 80 student assistants. Drew E. VandeCreek is the Project Director.

Nicole Briscoe

Nicole Briscoe (née Manske) is an American sportscaster who is employed by ESPN. Originally focused on covering auto racing for the network, which included stints as the host of NASCAR Countdown and NASCAR Now, Briscoe became a SportsCenter anchor in 2015. She is married to IndyCar Series driver Ryan Briscoe, whom she wed in an outdoor ceremony in Hawaii in 2009.

Northern Illinois University College of Law

Northern Illinois University College of Law (NIU Law) is one of three public law schools in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is the only public law school in the Chicago area. The College of Law was founded as the Lewis University College of Law in Glen Ellyn, Illinois in 1975. It became part of Northern Illinois University in August 1979, and in 1982 moved to the DeKalb campus, taking up residence in Swen Parson Hall, the former NIU main library. The College of Law offers the Juris Doctor degree.

According to NIU Law's 2018 ABA-required disclosures, 60% of the Class of 2017 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation (57.1% when excluding sole practitioners). According to the National Association of Law Placement employment report, 89% of the NIU Law Class of 2017 were employed as of ten months after graduation.

Northern Illinois University Press

Northern Illinois University Press is a publisher and part of Northern Illinois University. The press publishes about twenty new books per year in history, politics, anthropology, and literature, with about 400 books currently in print. In September 2008 the Press launched a fiction imprint, Switchgrass Books, which will publish fiction set in the Midwest.

Northern Illinois University shooting

The Northern Illinois University shooting was a school shooting that took place on February 14, 2008, at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Steven Kazmierczak opened fire with a shotgun and three pistols in a crowd of students on campus, killing five students and injuring 17 more people, before fatally shooting himself.

The shooting happened at the campus's Cole Hall at approximately 3:05 p.m. Central Standard Time. The school placed the campus on lockdown; students and teachers were advised to head to a secure location, take cover, and avoid the scene and all buildings in the vicinity of the area.After the shooting, the university administration cancelled classes for the rest of the week as well as the following week.

Northern Public Radio

Northern Public Radio is the public radio service of Northern Illinois University. It consists of two full-powered FM stations and three lower-powered satellites, all affiliated with National Public Radio. The group is headquartered at NIU's campus in DeKalb, Illinois, with additional studios in Rockford. Although DeKalb is part of the Chicago radio market, Northern Public Radio serves as the NPR member for the Rockford market.

Stephanie Kifowit

Stephanie Kifowit (born September 14, 1971) is the Illinois state representative for the 84th district, which includes all or parts of Aurora, Boulder Hill, Montgomery, Naperville, and Oswego. Kifowit is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, a former substitute teacher, and previously served as an alderman in the city of Aurora. She is currently serving on the Healthcare Licensing, Financial Institutions, Intermodal Transportation, General Services Appropriation – Vice Chairman, and Business Growth Committees for the 99th General Assembly.Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in political science and a Masters of Public Administration from Northern Illinois University.In 2018, Kifowit was appointed to Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker's transition committee on Veterans Affairs.


WNIJ (89.5 FM) is a radio station licensed to DeKalb, Illinois. The station is owned by Northern Illinois University, and is the flagship of Northern Public Radio's news/talk network, airing NPR news and adult album alternative) music programming.

Wu Jun

Wu Jun (born May 1972) is a Chinese politician from Guizhou province. As of June 2014 he was under investigation by the Communist Party's anti-corruption agency. Previously he served as the Vice-Mayor of Guiyang.

Northern Illinois University

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