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Rep. Pritchard's Successor Joins Statehouse

The successor to 70 th District statehouse Rep. Bob Pritchard was sworn in Tuesday. Republican Jeff Keicher took the oath of office from retired judge John Countryman at Dayton Farms in Sycamore. He was accompanied by state party leaders and other elected officials, such as former House Rep. John Countryman, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, and State Senator Dave Syverson. After Keicher took the oath, Durkin compared him favorably to his predecessor, Bob Pritchard. “He knows what it’s like...

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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.

DeKalb, IL – The Illinois House seat in the 70th district is up for grabs this fall. But before voters can decide on a candidate from the different parties, they'll have to pick a Republican next week. WNIJ's Simone Orendain has this profile of one of the Republicans, Joe Wiegand.

DeKalb, IL – The seven Democrats running for U-S differ on some issues. Each can cite different reasons why they are the one best suited to take on a Republican in the general election this fall. But the candidates largely agree on one issue: the way President Bush has handled the war in Iraq.

DeKalb, IL – Two DeKalb couty Republicans seek their party's nomination for State Representative in next week's primary. The 70th district includes all of DeKalb County, and parts of Ogle and LaSalle counties. Incumbent Bob Pritchard has held the job since last December. He was appointed to fill out the remainder of the term for the late State Representative David Wirsing. Now, Pritchard is being challenged by fellow Republican Joe Wiegand. Chris Lehman has this profile.

DeKalb, IL – The field of 15 candidates running for one of Illinois' U-S senate seats narrows down to two once this primary wraps up. You've seen the debates and lots of advertising. And with recent allegations of drug use and domestic problems... you thought you knew everything there was to know about them. But we dug a little deeper and asked them to share something about themselves that few people know. Simone Orendain has their responses.

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