Constitution Day 2015

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Interactive Constitution

Can't decipher all the jargon in the U.S. Constitution? Use this Interactive Constitution to get clear explanations from Dr. Linda Monk, a constitutional scholar, journalist, and award winning author, and the Annenberg Classroom, presented by the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

Byrd Amendment

The Byrd Amendment requires educational institutions that receive federal funding to teach the Constitution on September 17.

Educators, register here for your school or classroom to take the 2015 Preamble Challenge in order to celebrate Constitution Day on September 17, 2015 and fulfill your Byrd Amendment requirements. You'll receive a free Preamble Challenge Teacher Toolkit to participate in the challenge!

Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis was jailed recently for contempt of court due to her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Davis has stated that issuing the licenses would violate her religious convictions against same-sex marriage. Davis was released from jail and is appealing the contempt of court ruling. Get more info here.

In June of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a previous case which ruled that state-level bans on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Now, all states are to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. 

The First Amendment allows the free expression of religion. The Tenth Amendment defines the balance of power between the federal government and states, and specifies that laws affecting family relations (marriage, divorce, adoption, etc.) are reserved to the states or the people. 

Food for thought: Where do you stand on this issue? Is Davis justified in refusing to follow the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling because of her religious beliefs? Should she separate her religious beliefs from her job? Should she have been held in contempt of court? 



    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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    NLU has a proud history of serving graduate students in southeastern Wisconsin. We currently offer all Wisconsin residents online programs in non-licensure education as well as a variety of business-related degrees.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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