Northern Illinois University brought in Bill Cosby as headline act for the opening of the Convocation Center.  Things have not gone so well for the Convocation Center since then, or for Mr Cosby.

Among the better known graduates of the university we number former Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert, Republican of Yorkville, who provided an earmark for the road improvements on the west campus.  Mr Hastert received an honorary degree from the university, whether as quid pro quo or not doesn't matter.  Things have not gone so well for Mr Hastert of late, and the University Council has revoked the honorary L.L.D. Mr Hastert received in 1999.

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