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Illinois Lawmakers Say Stakes Are High To Pass Budget In Special Session; Note Lack Of Activity

The Illinois Legislature wrapped up its third day of a special session. Gov. Bruce Rauner called the meeting to force a budget deal before July 1, when the state crosses into its second year without a full spending plan. A northwest Illinois state senator said the special session so far has been an exercise in frustration. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, likened the session to a classic sitcom. “[It] reminds me a little bit of the original Seinfeld show," he said, “where it was a show about nothing....

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St. Charles, IL – A juvenile corrections facility in St. Charles could be around for just six more months, if the state decides to close it down. The move is part of the Department of Corrections' 92-million dollar cost savings plan. But opponents say there won't be any savings. WNIJ's Simone Orendain has the first part in a series about the Illinois Youth Center.

St. Charles, IL – The Illinois Department of Corrections will be working with a budget that's 92-million dollars less next year. It plans to close an Illinois Youth Center west of Chicago, as a cost saving measure. And this concerns families, employees, state lawmakers and the surrounding community. WNIJ's Simone Orendain has the third and final part of this series.

DeKalb, IL – Cavel International says its horse slaughterhouse in DeKalb will re-open soon. A fire took the facility offline two years ago. In the meantime, debate has heated up over whether horses should be killed for their meat. WNIJ's Chris Lehman spoke with two horse owners who stand on opposite sides of the issue.

Sycamore, IL – The bordering cities of DeKalb and Sycamore coexist peacefully. The two cities aren't just headed by mayors, they're run by managers. And both city managers say things weren't always peaceful when it came to economic interests. WNIJ's Simone Orendain reports.

Chicago, IL – A documentary on post-9/11 immigration follows the struggles of Pakistani immigrants in Chicago.

Beloit, Wisconsin – It's been nearly forty years since singer Arlo Guthrie was inspired to write "Alice's Restaurant." The long-monologue-of-a-song was a hit in the Woodstock-era, but don't expect him to play it if you see him in concert. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports. (note: Arlo Guthrie performed at Beloit College on April 13th, 2004.)

DeKalb, Il – As the Baby Boom generation approaches retirement age, experts say cases of elder abuse could increase significantly. WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports...

Rockford, IL – A world-renowed classical guitar player is on tour and headed to Hawaii. She made a stop in Rockford and performed for people with AIDS and HIV. WNIJ's Simone Orendain reports.

Rockford, IL – A world-renowed classical guitar player is on tour and headed to Hawaii this week. Last week, she made a stop in Rockford and performed for people with AIDS and HIV. WNIJ's Simone Orendain reports.

DeKalb, IL – Politicians would like to think voters are well-informed when they step into the polling booths. But sometimes, people cast their vote based on the candidates stance on just one emotionally-charged issue. WNIJ's Susan Stephens wraps up our series on the candidates for U-S Senate with a look at where the Democrats stand on some of the hot-button issues.

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