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Rockford Students, Community Members Plan For 'March For Our Lives' Downtown On Saturday

Students and supporters plan to gather in downtown Rockford for their March For Our Lives event Saturday. Event organizers say the march, which is a sister event to the national march held by Parkland shooting survivors, begins at 1 p.m. at the city parking lot next to Beattie Park and ends at Davis Park. A rally afterwards will include student activists, a spoken word artist, and Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara. Event spokeswoman Carol Jambor-Smith says she hopes anticipated snow won’t put a...

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Twenty years ago Saturday, two middle school students outside Jonesboro, Ark., lured their 11- and 12-year-old classmates out of school and opened fire from across the playground. They killed four students, all girls, and a teacher, wounding 10 others.

When the Columbine High School shooting occurred the following year in Littleton, Colo., the horror at Westside Middle School was, in effect, superseded. As the years passed, Columbine became the touchstone, the school shooting everyone remembered. And it left the survivors in Jonesboro feeling forgotten and even more bereft.

Dog lovers rejoice: You now have another excuse to share pictures of your pups.

Today is National Puppy Day, as declared by holiday founder Colleen Paige and thousands of Twitter users, who made #NationalPuppyDay a trending hashtag on Friday.

Haney Tackles Several Issues In ‘State Of The County’ Address

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Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney addressed several issues Wednesday during his second State of the County address at Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center.

Haney, who won the seat in 2016, began his talk by lauding local job efforts, noting that 1,000 positions were filled at the Chicago Rockford International Airport in the last 12 months and that the region is still a hotbed of industry.

Poll Shows Illinoisans Want Criminal Justice Reform

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A majority of Illinoisans believe the criminal justice system is biased against black people. That’s according to the latest poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University.

Director John Shaw says people also want criminal justice reform and more help for those who've been released from prison.

Rauner Tells GOP Voters 'I Have Heard You'

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Governor Bruce Rauner says he needs to “find common ground” with the nearly half of Republican voters who rallied behind his primary election opponent, Jeanne Ives.

In his election night victory speech, Rauner said he heard the message those voters wanted to send, but he has yet to give specific details on what that message is.

Rauner raised almost $26 million for every million raised by Ives. Despite that, he only managed to beat her by three percentage points. 


The nation's oldest civil rights organization, the NAACP, and Illinois police officials announced Thursday an agreed upon resolution they say took years to hash out.

The "affirmation of shared principles" was inspired in part by the death of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014.


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.

Sessions from Studio A - Michael Charles

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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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President Trump has chosen John Bolton, a hawk on North Korea and Iran, to be his next national security adviser.

The appointment comes just as those two foreign policy challenges come to a head.

Bolton replaces H.R. McMaster, who Trump said Thursday via Twitter is leaving the administration. Bolton takes over from McMaster effective April 9, the president also said.

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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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We dodged another government shutdown

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We avoided a government shutdown today, folks. President Donald Trump signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, even after he said he’d veto the bill. Catherine Rampell of The Washington Post and Rachel Abrams of The New York Times join us to talk about this week’s business and economic news. After the budget talk, we switch gears to trade. Trump asked China to reduce the U.S. trade deficit by $100 billion. But perhaps he should be complaining about intellectual property violations instead. We discuss it.

Key health care measure left out of federal spending bill

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Congress jammed a lot into its $1.3 trillion spending bill, and we’ll be going through the bill’s 2,000-plus pages for some time. But there was one thing noticeably left out: a last-ditch compromise amendment on health care sponsored by Republican senators Susan Collins and Lamar Alexander. The so-called “stabilization” package was designed to keep health insurance premiums on the individual market from skyrocketing and would have restored billions of dollars in federal subsidy money for insurance companies that the Trump administration cancelled out last year.

Investigators with Britain's information commissioner searched the London headquarters of Cambridge Analytica on Friday amid reports that the firm harvested the personal data of millions of Facebook users as part of a campaign to influence the U.S. 2016 presidential elections.

Women and the gig economy: "Every job you have is essentially the last one"

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The "gig economy" is far more than just Uber and Lyft drivers. Those two words can include musicians and graphic designers working one-off jobs, people getting cleaning or delivery work via apps, or people selling goods on sites like Etsy or eBay.

Now schools want school shooting insurance. Seriously.

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Following highly publicized school shootings, schools across the country are sorting out ways to prepare themselves in case tragedy strikes in their own hallways and classrooms. That includes buying insurance for a school shooting. While there's no exact count of the number of schools buying this coverage, insurers say in the past year more schools have been seeking "active shooter" and "active assailant" policies. Suzanne Barlyn, U.S.

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