Unfortunately I'm not too far from NIU either. The information that I receive is that NIU is no longer a "good" school. Meaning that there are a lot of unsavory activities right next to campus. The friends that I had which attented fairly recently all stated that they stopped going out at night, if they did it was out of the area. This is heresay since I do not have a source to back it up, however I have heard it time and time again. I hope they can turn the school around (along with the surrounding area) to make it a great place again.