From Bellingham To Tallahassee Students 'Walk Out' Demanding Gun Reform

In the seven days that have followed the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people, students from the Florida campus have moved from terror to grief to activism, inspiring a national youth-led protest against political inaction on gun reform. On Wednesday, the Parkland students — still mourning and fueled by anger — made their way to the state capitol in Tallahassee to confront lawmakers to demand a ban on assault weapons. But as NPR reported , while Florida House...

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Rockford, IL – The Village of Maple Park is reeling after its mayor and eight others were arrested last Friday (May 28) on charges of taking part in an illegal gambling operation. Some in the village want to mayor to resign. But as WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports, many residents are upset that the state targeted their town.

St. Charles, IL – State lawmakers will have to approve a budget by the end of the month. As part of the governor's proposed cuts this year, the Illinois Department of Corrections budget will be 92-million dollars smaller. It plans to close two facilities to save. One of them is an Illinois Youth Center that some call a one of a kind facility. WNIJ's Simone Orendain reports.

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Utica, IL – Eight people were killed by the tornado that swept through Utica on April 20th. Rescue teams using heavy equipment and shovels found the last of the victims in the rubble of a restaurant that collapsed: those who died were seeking refuge in the building's basement. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports on how residents are beginning to cope.

Rockford, IL – Earlier this year, Sports Illustrated Magazine named Rockford the top sportstown in Illinois. But Sports Illustrated's senior contributing writer, Frank DeFord apparently had little to do with that designation. WNIJ's Chris Lehman spoke with Deford during his recent visit to the Forest City...

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.)


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