GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS. No evidence of clouted admissions at Northern Illinois.

Northern Illinois University officials said Friday that they have found no evidence that former Gov. Rod Blagojevich or any of his friends used political clout to help gain admission for certain students.

NIU is one of three state universities – along with the University of Illinois system and Southern Illinois University – that was subpoenaed in June by the U.S. attorney’s office, which was seeking records to determine whether the former governor improperly exercised clout in admitting favored students.

A commenter to the article gripes, "Please, this is such a non-story. There are so many programs to get somebody undeserving into NIU if they needed help, there really was a problem." That's one possibility: another possibility is that state officials intuit on some level the deleterious effects of the mis-named Priorities, Quality, and Productivity initiative and its successors, which has affected all of the state's universities, but perhaps the politically favored ones in Urbana and Carbondale less so.

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