Northern Illinois University’s freshman class has grown by 12%, while overall enrollment dipped by 3%, largely attributed to pandemic-related retention challenges, said university officials of the 10-day enrollment data released Thursday. “There is so much joy at having the students back,” said NIU President Lisa Freeman.
Gov. JB Pritzker's Aug. 4 schools mask mandate has the “force of the law” and must be followed, Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Carmen Ayala said in a letter issued to school leaders on Wednesday.
Four months after reaching out to the Illinois Department of Employment Security for help collecting unemployment benefits, Lakewood resident Joel Jones is still waiting for help from the agency as he struggles to find a job.