Russia Hacked U.S. Power Grid — So What Will The Trump Administration Do About It?

When President Trump phoned to congratulate Russian President Putin on his re-election Wednesday, he made no mention of one of the latest irritants between Russia and the West — his administration's announcement that Russia successfully hacked the U.S. power grid. The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued a joint alert last week: "Russian government cyber actors" have been targeting U.S. critical infrastructure sectors including energy, nuclear and commercial facilities, since at...

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Voters in Tuesday’s primary election rejected the effort to re-implement home rule authority in Rockford. WNIJ spoke with people on both sides of the issue about what this means for Rockford’s future.

The Illinois Constitution grants home rule authority to municipalities that have at least 25,000 residents. Others can gain that authority through a direct ordinance. Rockford naturally qualified in 1970 due to its population, but a referendum removed home-rule status in 1983.

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Sessions from Studio A- Michael Charles

WNIJ’s Sessions for Studio A continues to be a hit for the bands to showcase their music. We were grateful to have Michael Charles in the studio, who gave such an energized performance. He has a blues voice rich with authenticity and is also famous with his exciting guitar solos. His band includes Michael Charles playing lead guitar and vocals, Dave playing the drums, and Dennis playing bass guitar.

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Northern Illinois University’s "Helping Huskies Thrive" hosted a mental health fair Thursday. Bradley Cramer helped organize the event. He says this is a good time in the semester to connect students with resources since spring break is over and attention now turns to final exams.

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A former campaign consultant for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is suing his political committee and the state Democratic Party, alleging that reporting a top lieutenant for sexual harassment hindered her from advancing in the speaker's organization.

Alaina Hampton filed the lawsuit Wednesday against the Democratic Party of Illinois, chaired by Madigan, and his political fund, Friends of Michael J. Madigan, alleging retaliation for "asserting her rights to be free from unlawful harassment and a sexually hostile work environment."

The big budget deal reached this week in the House doesn't include a long-sought-after provision to stabilize the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. But the $1.3 billion plan, set to fund the government through September, has lots of new money for medical research, addiction treatment and mental health care.

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Earlier this month, dozens of dancers took part in Sycamore High School’s annual Orchesis Dance Show. It’s a musical showcase for students by students. Alex Umekubo prepared this behind-the-scenes audio postcard as his peers prepared for the big show.

Alex is a recent graduate of WNIJ's Public Radio 101 program. Learn more about the program here.

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Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced plans Wednesday night to run for mayor against the man who fired him after the release of dashcam video showing a white police officer fatally shooting a black teenager.


Democrat J.B. Pritzker and Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner will square off this fall in the general election for Illinois governor.  Each pumped millions into their campaigns to win primary races. Their return on investment shows just how costly this race will be.  

Rauner narrowly won his party’s primary, but he was far ahead in the amount of money raised. The first-term governor raised $215 per vote, and his challenger Jeanne Ives just $12 per vote. Ives wound up with roughly 49 percent support among those who cast ballots. 

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was in full campaign attack mode the day after he eked out a narrow win in the primary.  

Rauner didn’t take any time to savor his victory. Wednesday, he made factory stops in St. Charles, Rockford and Moline to press the flesh and make his case for re-election.  

Each of the Illinois counties in the WNIJ listening area provides Primary Election results online. You can access that detailed information by clicking on the county (or city) name. Aurora is located under Kane County, and Rockford is under Winnebago County.

The results listed on the websites are unofficial totals and subject to review and certification.

Results for countywide candidates where contests existed and ballot referenda are included in this summary. Details on other offices and propositions can be located by following the county link.


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In 2009, the former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon took on the NCAA in a lawsuit that challenged the organization's ability to profit from the likenesses of college athletes in a video game. But as the case heated up, its stakes and scope began to sprawl, and opened a can of worms that threatened to upend one of the bedrock principles of college sports: amateurism.

On Saturday, thousands of youth activists are expected to participate in the "March for Our Lives," — in Washington, D.C.; in Accra, Ghana, Israel, Chile and elsewhere around the world.

After the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, students across the country have raised their voices to protest gun violence: "Enough is enough." "Never again." "Not one more."

For Lela Free, a freshman in Marshall County, Ky., another phrase comes to mind.

"We should have been the last," she says.

Just weeks before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, a student armed with a handgun entered Marshall County High School in Kentucky. He killed two students, and injured 18 others.

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