The Independent

Letter to the editor

August 22, 2017

I am heartbroken to report receiving a layoff notice this morning from Northeastern Illinois University. NEIU has been my workplace and my home away from home for nearly 6 years. I have loved serving the students at this wonderful university, from which I received my own Bachelor of Science degree in 1997. The overwhelming major...

employees take in the news of this year’s layoff process

An overview of the budget crisis of 2017

August 22, 2017

After a two-year budget stalemate, Interim President Richard Helldobler announced in July that NEIU wil...

NEIU faculty and staff went to Springfield to protest the first round of furloughs and are now experiencing the same thing again.

Imposed furloughs affect faculty

March 24, 2017

Since fiscal year 2015 NEIU has had a 47 percent reduction in state funding according to the Center for Tax...

Karen Lewis Speaks at NEIU

Gary Soriano, Arts and Life Editor

April 12, 2013

Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis, an alumna of Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) who received a Master’s Degree in Inner City Studies at the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies campus was greeted with a standing room only crowd during her recent visit to NEIU’s main campus. ...

Senator Delgado Offers Advice for NEIU Students

Gary Soriano, Arts and Life Editor

October 3, 2012

  photo by Joe Darvis Sen Delgado steps away from the podium and gets more intimate with the crowd photo by Joe Davis English department secretary Toni Scott helped to bring the senator back to campus photo by Joe Davis Students pose with senator Delgado. Food provided by Nellie's After a brief tour of his alma mater, Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) alumnus and Illinois State Senator William Delgado delivered a keynote address in the Recital Hall followed up by a question-and-answer session open to all attendees. “I was really proud and pleased to welcome the Senator back,” American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President and University Archive Librarian Ellen Larrimore said. Larrimore introduced Delgado before his address, citing his many accomplishments as Senator and former General Assembly representative. One of the most notable issues Larrimore felt needed to be recognized was Delgado’s stance on the working class. She asserted his voting record on labor issues is 100%. “Very few other legislators can come close to that,” Larrimore said. “He has a deep-seated belief that working people are the backbone of our country.” Another of the many issues Delgado supports is education. He was relieved to see the strike end and to see Chicago Public School teachers come to an agreement so that children could return to schools. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who received an invitation from Delgado who hosted the 19th annual All Kids and Family Health Fair in Mozart Park, observed the distribution of 4,000 backpacks with school supplies, free immunizations, back-to-school checkups, health screenings for children and adults and other medical assistance that may not be accessible to lower income households with children attending public schools. Delgado began this program almost two decades ago. Delgado’s visibility is apparent in all of the communities he represents, particularly that which he grew up in. “He does a lot for the community of Humboldt Park,” NEIU Library Specialist Craig Althage said. As the Illinois State Senate District 2 representative, Delgado knows what it is like to grow up in lower class, poverty-stricken and minority-dominated neighborhoods of Chicago.  “He had a difficult early life and he talked so openly about it,” Larrimore said. Delgado shared his experiences as a first-generation American in a country where racial segregation was still prevalent and the color of one’s skin could still affect societal status. When his father arrived, Delgado said, his excitement and hopes of an opportunistic America were diminished and he escaped through alcohol. “His happy hour became our sad hour,” Delgado said. “Call me Willie,” Delgado said midway through his lecture. The senator’s warm and welcoming manner could not be ignored. Although he had material written and prepared specifically for his visit, the latter half of his talk was spent away from the podium as he paced the Recital Hall’s stage discussing his passion for his work, family life and his commitment to encouraging and motivating the youth, particularly the students of NEIU, to pursue their goals. “A degree is power that they cannot take away from you,” Delgado said. Utilizing the metaphor of a tool box, Delgado asked students to fill it with beliefs that can be shared with like-minded individuals in order to create the awareness that we are not alone in those beliefs. Most of all, he encouraged the need to always be “righteous.” Senator Delgado believes and supports the students of NEIU. “You motivate me,” he responded after shaking hands with some students outside the Student Union building. With a warm and familiar smile, Delgado provided mental tools for students to employ throughout their academic career and beyond. As Larrimore affirmed, “students who did attend got some sound advice from him.”...

Senator William Delgado Visits Campus

Sean Dotson, Staff Writer

September 19, 2012

  State Senator and NEIU alumni William Delgado will return to campus to deliver a keynote address and speak with students on Sept. 20, 2012. In an event sponsored by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Senator Delgado will deliver his address and engage in a question-and-answer session in the Recital Hall from 1 to 3 P.M. Senator Delgado represents Illinois State Senate District 2, including the communities of Belmont Cragin, Logan Square, Hermosa and parts of Austin, Dunning, Humboldt Park, Montclare and Portage Park. Before he walked the halls of the Illinois Capitol Building, though, he walked the halls of NEIU. Senator Delgado graduated with a B.A. in Criminal Justice in 1982. “I think he’s very dynamic, I think he’s very personable, and I think he’s very real -he’s always had an open door policy with students,” said Toni Scott of the English department, who was instrumental in getting the Senator to revisit his alma mater. “I want him to talk about his struggles and what it was like for him growing up,” Scott said of her hopes for the address. “Most importantly, I want students to have access to him.” Senator Delgado was appointed to the Senate in 2006 after serving in the House of Representatives since 1999. The Democratic Senator has worked for progressive causes during his time in office, citing healthcare and education as being among his priorities. Every year, Senator Delgado sponsors the All Kids and Family Health Fair, an event that is open to the public and includes screenings and immunizations. Senator Delgado’s visit will allow students the chance to learn more about the role state government plays in their lives before they go to the polls this November. For Amir Bastanipour, junior justice studies and sociology major, the economy is first on his list of concerns. “What are they doing to help keep people in their jobs and homes?” he asked. Beyond that, Bastanipour expresses concern for a number of marginalized communities. He cites “food deserts in high poverty areas,” and marriage equality as being among issues he cares about. To reach other students, Senator Delgado will have to combat the stereotype of the elected official as opportunistic political animal. When Katie Galmiche, junior English/secondary education major was asked if she had any questions about education she would like to hear addressed, she responded, “I’m sick of hearing about what politicians and special interest groups have to say about education, because they’re not educators.” If the opportunity to interact with a lawmaker in this crucial election year is not enough of a draw, perhaps the food will be - there will be a reception after the event with food from Nellie’s Restaurant, one of Senator Delgado’s favorites. The Senator’s visit was borne of a lobbying trip AFSCME took to Springfield, the state capital. “He was one of the few to open his door to us and say, ‘come on in, ask me questions,’” said Scott. “I think that’s really indicative of who he is and how he leads.” Scott described Senator Delgado as “very excited to come.” She compared the Senator’s attitude toward students, and his own success, to the speech given by First Lady Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention. “You don’t close the door behind you.  You leave it open for someone else to come through. And that’s exactly what he’s done all along.” Look for flyers around campus to register for the event....

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