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The Illinois state budget passed this week included increased funding for higher education. That was welcome news to Northeastern Illinois University, which has seen some financial and institutional turbulence in recent years.

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Northeastern Illinois University has provided 17 Afghan refugees with one-year scholarships to study at the school. 

NEIU invoked eminent domain to acquire a block of buildings on Bryn Mawr. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

Five years after acquiring a block of properties on Bryn Mawr Avenue through eminent domain, Northeastern Illinois University has officially scrapped its plan to build student housing on the site and is casting about for other uses.

A file photo of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (WTTW News)

Some college campuses are seeing alarming spikes in the number of COVID-19 cases. Many schools have launched widespread testing efforts, but reports of student parties and gatherings have led to increased restrictions.

Sean Spicer served as White House press secretary under President Donald Trump. (whitehouse.gov)

A group of Northeastern Illinois University students, faculty, staff and alumni plan to protest a sold-out event Thursday featuring former Trump White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

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Using satellite images and data on wildlife activity, scientists determined that artificial light levels found in more than a third of the city are altering the circadian rhythm and behaviors of animals throughout the city.

Scales in spades: See more than 200 species this weekend at ReptileFest. (Pexels / Pixabay)

We get up close and personal with some cold-blooded creatures ahead of the nation’s largest educational reptile show.

A newly discovered collection of old political buttons may tell us something about the voters of an earlier era.

Northeastern Illinois University has a new president, its first African-American woman. Gloria Gibson shares her plans for the Northwest Side campus.

A common musk turtle (Colin Osborn / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

We meet some rare and remarkable critters that are part of this weekend’s annual Reptile Fest.

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Want to become a certified beekeeper? A new six-course program covers the history and economics of beekeeping, taxonomy of insects, botany, pollination and what to expect during your first year.

We speak with the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists who broke the Watergate story for the Washington Post in the early 1970s. 

Northeastern Illinois University's campus in Chicago's North Park neighborhood (Courtesy Northeastern Illinois University)

As Puerto Ricans recover from extensive damage caused by Hurricane Maria, students from the island can now get a discount at one Chicago university.

From left: Marie Curie, Christina Ciecierski and Julie Des Jardins (Courtesy Northeastern Illinois University)

Honoring the 150th anniversary of the birth of physicist Marie Curie and its own 150th anniversary, Northeastern Illinois University this month hosts a conference celebrating women’s contributions to science. Find out what’s on tap.

Illinois legislators have finally passed a budget, but the impasse did not leave the state’s public universities unscathed: faculty and staff were laid off, student enrollment dwindled and bond ratings were downgraded.

Among the celebrity deaths in 2016: Prince (courtesy of Paul Natkin) and Carrie Fisher (Riccardo Ghilardi / Wikimedia Commons).

From Prince to Princess Leia star Carrie Fisher, 2016 was a bad year for celebrity deaths. We take a closer look at our connection to celebrities.